Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry

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Courses in the Social, Cultural and Behavioral Inquiry domain focus on the mutual impact of society and culture on individuals, and of individuals on society and culture. Particular attention is given to human relationships and behavior as they are influenced by social, economic and political institutions, spatial and geographical factors, and the events and social and cultural forces at play in the contemporary world. The domain emphasizes the pursuit of knowledge through the development of theory and empirical investigation of the contemporary world. Courses in the domain explore such particular issues as poverty and economic opportunity, the environment, nationalism, racism, individual alienation, gender differences, and the bases of conflict and consensus in complex, urban societies and in global relations.          

Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Analyze and reflect upon arguments about the contemporary world using relevant theory, methods, and/or empirical evidence.
  • Analyze interdependent relationships between contemporary society and individuals.

Courses

Below please find examples of courses previously offered for Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry credit. For information on current offerings, please consult Campus Connection.

Course Title Quarter Hours
African and Black Diaspora Studies
ABD 100INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AND BLACK DIASPORA STUDIES4
ABD 200AFRICA: PEOPLES, CULTURES, IDEAS AND MOVEMENTS4
ABD 206AFRO-CARIBBEAN AND AFRO-LATIN AMERICA: PEOPLES, CULTURES, IDEAS AND MOVEMENTS4
ABD 208AFRICAN AMERICA: PEOPLES, CULTURES, IDEAS AND MOVEMENTS4
ABD 209RACE AND RACISM4
ABD 218AFRICAN AMERICAN POLITICS4
ABD 220BLACKS AND LOVE4
ABD 229RACE, SCIENCE AND WHITE SUPREMACY4
ABD 232MIXED RACE AMERICAN IDENTITY4
ABD 275BLACK FEMINIST THEORIES IN A U.S. CONTEXT4
American Studies
AMS 150PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICAN IDENTITIES4
AMS 280POLITICS AND HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR4
Anthropology
ANT 102CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
ANT 105ANTHROPOLOGY THROUGH FILM4
ANT 107THE CULTURE OF BUSINESS4
ANT 109FOOD AND CULTURE4
ANT 206WORLD PREHISTORY4
ANT 208WHY WE POST: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF SOCIAL MEDIA4
ANT 230CULTURES OF THE PACIFIC4
Asian American Studies
AAS 205GLOBAL ASIA4
Catholic Studies
CTH 210CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING4
Communication Studies
CMN 101INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION4
CMN 102INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION4
CMN 104PUBLIC SPEAKING4
CMNS 211INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION4
CMNS 339PERFORMANCE OF GENDER & SEXUALITY4
CMNS 361GENDER AND COMMUNICATION4
Comparative Literature
CPL 212GREAT IDEAS,THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY III4
Computer Science
CSC 223THE IMPACT OF COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY ON OUR LIVES4
Early Childhood Education
ECE 175EDUCATING THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY YOUNG CHILD4
Economics
ECO 101INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC ISSUES4
ECO 105PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS4
ECO 106PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS4
ECO 310URBAN ECONOMICS4
ECO 313MARKET STRUCTURE AND REGULATION OF BUSINESS4
ECO 318LABOR ECONOMICS AND ORGANIZATION4
ECO 330RADICAL RESPONSES TO CAPITALISM4
ECO 333TOPICS IN GLOBAL ECONOMIES4
Environmental Science
ENV 151INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY4
ENV 152ECOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL ECONOMICS4
Film and Television Production
FILM 145DIGITAL MEDIA LITERACIES (FORMERLY DC 105)4
French
FCH 340CONTEMPORARY FRANCE4
Game Development
GAM 200PLAY4
GAM 208VIRTUAL WORLDS AND ONLINE COMMUNITIES4
Geography
GEO 200SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT4
GEO 201GEOPOLITICS4
GEO 205RACE, JUSTICE, AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT4
GEO 215INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND REGIONAL INEQUALITY4
GEO 260GLOBALIZATION AND RESOURCES4
GEO 266WORLD ECONOMY: STATES, MARKETS AND LABOR4
GEO 269CULTURAL AND POLITICAL ECOLOGY4
GEO 330SUSTAINABLE URBAN TRANSPORTATION4
History
HST 241WORLD REFUGEE CRISIS4
HST 252THE AGE OF THE COLD WAR: 1945-19914
Hospitality Leadership
HSP 101INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL TOURISM4
Information Systems
IS 201INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SYSTEMS4
IS 208INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, ECONOMY AND SOCIETY4
Interactive and Social Media
ISM 208VIRTUAL WORLDS AND ONLINE COMMUNITIES4
International Studies
INT 100INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL STUDIES4
INT 150GLOBAL CONNECTIONS4
Irish Studies
IRE 100INTRODUCTION TO IRISH STUDIES4
Journalism
JOUR 311CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION4
JOUR 361JOURNALISM LAW AND ETHICS4
Latin American and Latino Studies
LST 201STRUGGLE AND RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA4
LST 202CONSTRUCTING LATINO COMMUNITIES4
LST 203MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES ACROSS THE AMERICAS4
LST 207AFRO-CARIBBEAN AND AFRO-LATIN AMERICA: PEOPLES, CULTURES, IDEAS AND MOVEMENTS4
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies
LGQ 150INTRODUCTION TO LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUEER STUDIES [SSMW]4
LGQ 319QUEER PIONEERS: CULTURE, GENDER, AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM4
LGQ 332CREATING CHANGE: CONTEMPORARY GLBT POLITICS4
LGQ 338SEXUAL JUSTICE: LESBIANS, GAYS AND THE LAW4
Media and Cinema Studies
MCS 231INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENTARY STUDIES4
MCS 252CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN CULTURE THROUGH FILM4
MCS 254IMAGINING ITALY: CINEMA AS A COLLECTIVE NARRATIVE OF THE ITALIAN PEOPLE4
MCS 271MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES4
MCS 274DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN CINEMA AND TELEVISION4
MCS 350TOPICS IN GLOBAL CINEMA4
MCS 355SEX IN THE BOX: U.S. TELEVISION, SEX, AND SEXUALITY4
MCS 362COLOR TV: BLACKNESS IN AMERICAN TV4
Modern Languages
MOL 260EAT ITALY: THE HISTORY, CULTURE AND POLITICS OF ITALIAN FOOD4
MOL 323CHINA'S CULTURAL SOFT POWER AND ITS FUTURE4
MOL 335EXPLORING SOCIAL DIVERSITY IN LATIN AMERICA4
Nursing
NSG 335LESBIAN HEALTH MATTERS4
Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies
PAX 201FRAMEWORKS FOR PEACE: PRACTICAL MODELS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE4
PAX 210INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT AND PEACEBUILDING4
PAX 212SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL CHANGE4
PAX 220SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE4
PAX 225TRANSNATIONAL GRASSROOTS SOCIAL MOVEMENTS4
PAX 228IDENTITY, PRIVILEGE, AND SOCIAL CHANGE4
PAX 268DISABILITY STUDIES: AN INTRODUCTION4
Political Science
PSC 120THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM4
PSC 140INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS4
PSC 150INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS4
PSC 213POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION4
PSC 216AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE4
PSC 217WOMEN AND POLITICS4
PSC 218AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS4
PSC 220THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY4
PSC 221CONGRESS AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS4
PSC 222POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS4
PSC 223URBAN POLITICS4
PSC 233POLITICAL IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES4
PSC 242AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY4
PSC 243RUSSIAN-AMERICAN RELATIONS4
PSC 244LATIN AMERICAN-UNITED STATES RELATIONS4
PSC 246ASIAN FOREIGN POLICY4
PSC 250EUROPEAN POLITICS4
PSC 251RUSSIAN POLITICS4
PSC 252LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS4
PSC 253ASIAN POLITICS4
PSC 254AFRICAN POLITICS4
PSC 255MIDDLE EAST POLITICS4
PSC 260LAW AND THE POLITICAL SYSTEM4
PSC 261FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS4
PSC 262RIGHTS OF DEFENDANTS4
PSC 263EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS4
PSC 265LAW AND POPULAR CULTURE4
PSC 330AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT4
PSC 358GLOBAL GENDER ISSUES4
PSC 363WOMEN AND THE LAW4
Psychology
PSY 105INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY I4
PSY 106INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY II4
PSY 210PSYCHOLOGY OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY4
PSY 215HUMAN SEXUALITY4
PSY 218PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS OF CONTEMPORARY FAMILY4
PSY 220LATINA/O PSYCHOLOGY4
PSY 302PERSONAL ADJUSTMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH4
PSY 303HUMAN DEVELOPMENT4
PSY 310CONNECTING WITH YOUTH THROUGH RESEARCH, ADVOCACY, AND SERVICE: QUARTER I4
PSY 317PSYCHOLOGY OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP4
Public Policy Studies
PPS 200INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY4
PPS 250ISSUES IN NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT4
PPS 260CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY4
PPS 301PUBLIC POLICY AND THE POLITICAL PROCESS4
PPS 332NATIONAL PARKS POLICY AND GOVERNANCE4
PPS 333GREEN CITIES4
PPS 334SUSTAINABLE LAND REVITALIZATION AND BROWNFIELDS DEVELOPMENT POLICY4
School of Continuing and Professional Studies (formerly SNL)
SNC 189CONTEMPORARY NATIVE AMERICAN/AMERICAN INDIAN ISSUES4
SNC 191ISSUES IN SCIENCE AND RELIGION4
SNC 194CHINA: MONEY, POWER AND THE 21ST CENTURY4
SNC 195UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL HEALTH CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES4
SNC 201PSYCHOLOGY FROM AN AFRICAN-CENTERED PERSPECTIVE4
SNC 203PARTICIPATION AND DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA4
SNC 215ISSUES IN HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION4
SNC 216LEISURE, RECREATION AND HEALTH4
Screenwriting
SCWR 123ADAPTATION: THE CINEMATIC RECRAFTING OF MEANING (FORMERLY DC 235)4
Sociology
SOC 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY4
SOC 105SOCIAL PROBLEMS4
SOC 205SELF AND SOCIETY4
SOC 207YOUTH AND SOCIETY4
SOC 208LAW AND SOCIETY4
SOC 209SOCIOLOGY OF WOMEN4
SOC 212COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY4
SOC 217WORK IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD4
SOC 221INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM4
SOC 232GLOBAL CITIES4
SOC 233SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT4
SOC 235SOCIOLOGY OF YOUTH HEALTH4
SOC 245URBAN SOCIOLOGY4
SOC 248WHITE RACISM4
SOC 280MASS MEDIA AND CULTURE4
SOC 281SOCIOLOGY OF ROCK MUSIC4
SOC 292COLLECTIVE ACTION4
SOC 340SOCIAL INEQUALITY4
SOC 358REVOLUTIONS AND PEASANT REBELLIONS4
Spanish
SPN 392TRANSNATIONALISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE4
Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 100WOMEN'S LIVES:RACE/CLASS/GENDER4
WGS 200WOMEN'S STUDIES IN TRANSNATIONAL CONTEXTS4
WGS 212GROWING UP FEMALE IN THE U.S.4
WGS 215GENDER AND EDUCATION4
WGS 225CONSTRUCTING GENDER AND SEXUALITY4
WGS 230CONTESTED BODIES4
WGS 249GENDER AND POLITICS IN IRELAND4
WGS 275BLACK FEMINIST THEORIES IN A U.S. CONTEXT4
WGS 303GENDER, VIOLENCE AND RESISTANCE4
WGS 326WOMEN AND LAW4
WGS 332CREATING CHANGE: CONTEMPORARY GLBT POLITICS4
WGS 334GIRLHOOD ALL AROUND THE WORLD4
WGS 338SEXUAL JUSTICE: LESBIANS, GAYS AND THE LAW4
WGS 390WOMEN ACROSS CULTURES4
Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse
WRD 232THE LANGUAGE OF DISABILITY4
WRD 261DIGITAL CULTURE4
WRD 264LANGUAGE, SELF AND SOCIETY4
WRD 265SOCIAL MOVEMENT, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND AMERICAN IDENTITIES4