Courses in this area promote a critical self-awareness of individuals’ roles and responsibilities within communities by examining how people interact with each other and in groups.
Knowledge - Either Foreign Language or Social Sciences
- Demonstrate a basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a non-English language.
- Knowledge of the distinctive features of communities associated with the language they are studying.
- Demonstrate understanding of the methods social scientists use to explore phenomena.
- Knowledge of major concepts, models and issues of at least one discipline in the social sciences.
Skill - Either Communication, Critical Thinking, Discovery and Inquiry, or Quantitative Reasoning
- Express and exchange ideas clearly, concisely, and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats and for many audiences involving diverse people and viewpoints.
- Demonstrate competence in oral and written communication.
- Actively listen, critically analyze, and evaluate the oral communication of others, and demonstrate respect for the words and ideas of others through civil discourse.
- Interpret visual images, artifacts and data according to appropriate disciplinary methods, and formulate a critical judgment on the value or significance of the relevant subject matter that demonstrates general understanding.
- Analyze the structure of an argument, artistic composition, or interpretation and its context, including: a. identify the elements/evidence of an argument, artistic composition, interpretation or problem; b. identify assumptions and the various perspectives of an argument, artistic composition, or interpretation; and c. identify the reasoning that leads to a conclusion, interpretation, decision, or solution.
- Evaluate and critique one’s own and others’ assumptions, evidence, inferences, conclusions and theories, and the contexts in which these are encountered. Draw implications from this critique and acquire knowledge that can be used to solve other problems, make appropriate decisions, formulate new arguments or interpretations.
Discovery and Inquiry
- Identify and evaluate diverse forms of information to support an original thesis.
- Observe, analyze, and draw conclusions regarding phenomena using scientific reasoning and methods.
- Identify and apply appropriate quantitative methods to solve practical problems.
- Summarize and interpret quantitative data.
- Explain quantitative analyses using appropriate language (numerical and/or verbal) and using appropriate graphical representations (charts, graphs, etc.).
- Evaluate the relative capacity of quantitative analysis to answer important questions.
Perspective - Social Justice and Responsibility
- Be prepared to engage with diverse groups of people while recognizing cultural and individual differences in interaction.
- Explain historical influences on identity development, interpersonal relationships, and the dynamics of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.
- Reflect on how power, positionality, privilege and other socio-structural factors affect their lives and the lives of those in their community.