Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Courses in behavioral and social sciences (designated BEHS) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirement in the behavioral and social sciences
  • a major in social science
  • a minor in diversity awareness or women's studies
  • an AA in General Studies with women's studies curriculum
  • a certificate in women's studies
  • electives

Introduction to Social Sciences (3 Credits, BEHS 210)

Recommended: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of society that addresses the issue of what it is to be a social scientist from a variety of social science perspectives. The objective is to use the empirical and theoretical contributions of the different social science disciplines to better understand the nature of society. Topics include research methods in the social science disciplines and the relationships among the different social science disciplines. Discussion surveys the various social sciences, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and gerontology. A historical overview of the development of the social sciences is provided, and an analysis of social phenomena that integrates insights from the social sciences is presented. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BEHS 201 or BEHS 210.

Diversity Awareness (3 Credits, BEHS 220)

An examination of the many dimensions of diversity within the framework of modern culture and principles of social justice. The aim is to interact and communicate effectively and appropriately within a diverse society. Emphasis is on raising consciousness of diversity and using critical thinking with respect to stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. Discussion covers issues related to age, disability, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and socioeconomic status, as well as current issues in diversity studies.

Parenting Today (3 Credits, BEHS 343)

An overview of critical issues of parenthood in the United States today using an interdisciplinary perspective. The objective is to apply research and theory in family development to practical decision making. Topics include characteristics of effective parenting styles, disciplinary strategies, the role of diverse family structures, and the social forces that cause changes in parent/child relationships.