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10. Human Behavior (Way of Knowing) (3 hours) 

The justification for Ways of Knowing is the need for our students to become more broadly educated because our students will enter a world in which they will hold several different jobs, and perhaps even embark on a succession of careers during their lives. Equally important is the consideration that this education will make their lives richer and their outlook broader even in the unlikely event that demands on their expertise do not change. All of the Ways of Knowing are required to consider the ways in which gender, age, poverty, ethnicity and globalization fashion and influence our lives.

The objective of these courses is to enable students to learn about human behavior in changing contexts. The courses will address how ideological, scientific and ethical judgments affect human behavior in Western and non-Western cultures. They will also offer perspectives on the challenges, concerns, and contributions of diverse groups such as women and minorities.

This Way of Knowing will be satisfied with an appropriate course from the following such disciplines: Anthropology, Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies. Other departments may offer courses to satisfy this requirement, subject to approval by Faculty Senate Committee A.


  • Students will compare basic theories and models and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Students will be able to define key disciplinary vocabulary and terms.
  • Students will be able to identify professional applications of disciplinary concepts.
  • Students will describe how hypotheses and research questions are formed.
  • Students will describe how data are collected, measured and analyzed.
  • Students will explain how the social sciences have contributed to our understanding of society.