Social Science

Purpose

The Social Science general education program assists students in acquiring empirical knowledge of those aspects of human experience that are social, political, economic, and psychological.

Educational Objectives

  • Foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and logical reasoning.
  • Develop knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods for understanding human behavior.
  • Provide an introductory understanding of the structures and processes of social institutions and individual behavior within cultures.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Structure, analyze, evaluate, and support an argument both orally and in writing in the social sciences.
  2. Interpret, compare, and contrast ideas in the social sciences.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the methods, techniques, concepts, and vocabularies of the social sciences.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of historical and contemporary issues in the social sciences.

Summary of Student Learning Outcomes

During the 2011-12 academic year, the Social Sciences faculty formally assessed the student learning outcomes summarized in the attached annual report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.