Bachelor of Arts

Society, Ethics & Human Behavior (SEB)

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The Society, Ethics & Human Behavior Major

How do social institutions and practices shape human experience?

How do individuals contribute to social stability and change?

Society, Ethics & Human Behavior (SEB) addresses these questions through a critical examination of the perspectives and tools used to understand human behavior, social institutions, and social policies. SEB combines an exploration of the ethical dimensions of individual and social action with analyses across multiple disciplines including sociology, psychology, media and cultural studies, anthropology, ethics, and political philosophy. The SEB faculty is committed to providing students with opportunities to engage in empirical research and project-based learning experiences in and beyond the classroom.

Career Focus

Graduating SEB students are ideally prepared to pursue professional careers or advanced study in a wide variety of fields, such as social work, education, public policy, law, media and cultural studies, and human resources. SEB also educates students to assume more active leadership roles within their communities, families, and workplaces. Here is more information about career possibilities or pursuing graduate school.

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While there are no official requirements beyond the requirements for admission into the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, students choosing this major will find it helpful to have completed college coursework in psychology, sociology, statistics, and philosophy.

Degree Requirements

  • BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry* - min. 2.0 grade (5 credits)
  • SEB Core (5 credits)
  • BIS 215, BIS 312 or BIS 410 - min. 2.0 grade (5 credits)
  • SEB Courses (30 credits)
  • BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone - min. 2.5 grade (5 credits)
  • Additional IAS Coursework (20 credits)

TOTAL= 70 Credits

*Should be taken in the first quarter of IAS enrollment.

School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) Requirements & Policies

Interdisciplinary Practice & Reflection (IPR)

The IPR requirement can be completed through elective credits or it can overlap with major coursework.

Areas of Knowledge

25 credits must be completed in each Area of Knowledge. The Areas of Knowledge are: Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Societies (I&S), and Natural World (NW).

Multiply-designated courses may not be double-counted as fulfilling two Areas of Knowledge. Courses may apply to both an Area of Knowledge requirement and an SEB major requirement.

Upper Division Credit Policy

Of the credits applying to SEB major requirements, a minimum of 48 must be completed at the Upper Division (300-400) level.

Matriculated status

Courses taken to satisfy SEB major requirements must be completed in matriculated status.

Admitted prior to Autumn Quarter, 2016?

Students admitted to the SEB major prior to Autumn 2016 may be eligible to complete an older set of major requirements. For more information, please check Requirement Changes Autumn 2016 page.

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Learning Objectives

The Society, Ethics & Human Behavior curriculum advances the five core IAS learning objectives. Students taking courses and/or majoring in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior:

  1. Understand how social institutions work (e.g., family, criminal justice, religion, media, education, business).
  2. Understand the connections between social institutions and social change.
  3. Identify how social position (e.g., race, sex/gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, age, nationality, disability) influence individual life outcomes.
  4. Develop and employ evidence-based research strategies.
  5. Develop creative and collaborative approaches for addressing social problems.

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