What are the Social & Behavioral Sciences?
The disciplines (areas of study) in the Division of Social & Behavioral (SB) Sciences are dedicated to understanding the human mind and human behavior in the past and present at four levels: the individual, the cultural, the societal, and the species levels. For example, psychology focuses on understanding at the individual level; anthropology focuses on understanding at the cultural and species levels; sociology focuses on understanding at the societal level. Each discipline includes both theoretical and applied (practical) understanding of humans—of us—at whatever levels it studies.
The Division of S/B Sciences consists of twelve academic and occupational disciplines: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
Why should you take our courses?
Each discipline explores humans and the forces that shape us, asking critical questions from various perspectives. You will learn how to ask your own critical questions and to join in the dialogues and arguments about the human mind and behavior that have been ongoing for millennia. Your education in the S/B Sciences will prepare you for the various roles you now are in as well as those you will adopt in the future—roles involving your occupation/career, your interpersonal relations, your contributions to your community, your functioning as a citizen in society, etc. In short, courses in the S/B Sciences will help you to further develop and apply your knowledge about anything that deals with humans as we think, feel, and act in our daily lives across cultures and societies, both in the present and the past.