Societal and Cultural Knowledge and Inquiry
Area Goal: This Core Area of Inquiry will invite students to explore the study of society, culture, and people and the distinct disciplinary approaches within the social sciences.
Area Objectives: Through these courses, students will learn about various political, economic, and social systems across the globe and their interconnections, as well as the beliefs, rituals, structures, and values that constitute societies and cultures. In addition, students will learn about the experiences of underrepresented communities (e.g., related to socioeconomic status, ability, gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, or religion) within a particular cultural and societal context, and how people shape and are shaped by society. Students will explore concepts such as power, privilege, oppression, inequality, and social justice, critical to fashioning a humane and just world.