Request for a Course to Fulfill the


Request for a Course to Fulfill the

Social Science Perspective

Note regarding General Education Requirements

In order to have a course designated to fulfill one or more General Education requirement, instructors must submit a syllabus (or full course description) along with a Request Form for each requirement, indicating how the course addresses the guidelines passed by the faculty. No course may satisfy more than two General

Education requirements. Perspective course instructors are encouraged to incorporate

Convocations and other experiences when these are pertinent to the subject of study.

Social Science Perspective Description

The Social Science Perspective is intended to help students develop a scientific understanding of human behavior at the individual, group, or community level


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of any course meeting the Social Science Perspective, a successful student will understand:


how human behavior is subject to scientific inquiry, and the kinds of questions


social scientists ask in order to understand human behavior; how social scientists pursue their questions through methods common to all the social sciences as well as methods that are specific to one social science discipline, such as data collection, analysis, prediction, experimentation,


interpretation, and organization into explanatory frameworks and models; specific social science content in light of the method described above.


Request for a Course to Fulfill the

Social Science Perspective



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Please respond to the three guidelines listed below:

Guidelines for Approving Courses for the Social Science Perspective

Social Science Perspective courses should address the student learning outcomes listed above and must:


distinguish between social science and other studies of society by focusing on scientific method as an explicit link among all social sciences;


require students to work with quantitative or qualitative data within a theoretical framework;


clearly address skills and habits of mind listed in the Aims for General Education.