College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Category 5 Student Outcomes Assessment

LabThe Liberal Arts Core should encourage students to develop skills in inquiry, critical analysis, and logical thinking.  The social science component of the liberal arts core should contribute to students' knowledge and understanding of

  1. the economic, environmental, geographical, historical, political, psychological, and socio-cultural influences on human behavior, relationships, and institutions; and
  2. how human behavior can be analyzed from social scientific and historical perspectives.

Outcomes are demonstrable general consequences of the process of attempting to reach the goals of the category.  As such, after completing Category 5 of the Liberal Arts Core, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the kinds of questions social scientists and historians ask.
  2. Know and clearly and succinctly summarize some of the major concepts, models, and issues within the social sciences and history.
  3. Comprehend and identify ways in which human behavior, relationships, and institutions are influenced by economic, environmental, geographical, historical, political, psychological, and socio-cultural structures and processes.
  4. Describe and critique two methods social scientists use to explore social and behavioral phenomena, including but not limited to observation, hypothesis development, experimentation, mathematical analysis, and interpretive analysis.

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