Catalog Version

Autumn 2016-2017
Catalog update: 
May 16, 2016

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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 cu​lture. 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:

  • Use the constructs or power, diversity, and/or culture to describe examples of where, why and how inequities exists in modern society.
  • Frame a theory about the relationship between individuals and modern society.
  • Analyze central institutions and/or underlying social structures and their impact on the larger society.
  • Articulate an argument based on theory and empirical evidence regarding the modern world.
  • Analyze critically research and arguments about the modern world.
  • Reflect, in writing, upon their role in the modern world, including their relationship to their own and/or other communities.
  • Analyze social problems and public policies on the basis of ethics and values.


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

African and Black Diaspora Studies

American Studies


Asian American Studies

Catholic Studies


​Comparative Literature

Computer Science

Digital Cinema

Early Childhood Education


Environmental Studies


Computer Game Development



Hospitality Leadership

Information Systems

Interactive and Social Media

Intercultural Communication

International Studies

Irish Studies

Latin American and Latino Studies

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies

Liberal Studies in Education


Media and Cinema Studies

Modern Languages​


Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies

Political Science


Public Policy

Relational Communication

School for New Learning


Women’s and Gender Studies

Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse