Understanding Human Behavior

Courses in this area will focus on the methods of inquiry used by social and behavioral scientists to understand human behavior. Those methods are based on the assumption that human behavior is ultimately understandable through rigorous, systematic, and evidence-based inquiry. Drawing upon a variety of theoretical foundations, principles, and methodologies, these courses engage students in explorations and interpretations of how people organize, govern, understand, and explain social and phenomena. In this course, students will

  • develop an appreciation for the role of social and behavioral science in our understanding of individual and collective behavior in society.
  • understand social and behavioral science theories, principles, and methodologies.
  • develop the social and behavioral science reasoning skills necessary to understand our evolving conceptions of human behavior and social phenomena.
  • apply social and behavioral science theories and methods to real world problems.