University Catalog 2024-2025

GEP Social Sciences

Requirement (6 credit hours)

  • A total of six credit hours from the university approved GEP Social Sciences course list.
  • The selected courses must be from two different disciplines.
  • Special Note:  If a student changes a General Education course except for HES courses from a letter grade to credit-only (S/U), then the course will not satisfy the GEP requirements.  Consult your academic advisor if you have questions.


  • A course taken to satisfy a Major requirement may also satisfy this requirement if the course is on the approved GEP Social Sciences course list.
  • A course that satisfies the Social Sciences requirement may also satisfy the Global Knowledge or U.S. Diversity co-requisite if the course also exists on either university approved GEP co-requisite course list.
    • Note: Double-counting with U.S. Diversity applies to students matriculated prior to Fall 2023. Students matriculated after Fall 2023 may only double-count Global Knowledge.


The study of social sciences enables students to understand individual and collective human behavior by exploring meaning within a variety of social, cultural, political, and economic contexts, analyzing the structures within which human goals are established and human choices are made, and applying theoretical and empirical models to specific cases.

Category Objectives

Each course in the Social Sciences category will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:

  1. Examine at least one of the following:  human behavior, culture, mental processes, organizational processes, or institutional processes; and
  2. Demonstrate how social scientific methods may be applied to the study of human behavior, culture, mental processes, organizational processes, or institutional processes; and
  3. Use theories or concepts of the social sciences to analyze and explain theoretical and/or real-world problems, including the underlying origins of such problems.
AEE 323Leadership Development in Agriculture and Life Sciences3
AEE 350Personal Leadership Development in Agriculture and Life Sciences3
AFS 305Racial and Ethnic Relations3USD, , I, USD
ANT 251Physical Anthropology3
ANT 252Cultural Anthropology3GK
ANT 253Unearthing the Past: Introduction to World Archaeology3GK
ANT 254Language and Culture3USD, I, SS, USD
ANT 261Technology in Society and Culture3GK, IP
ANT 310Native Peoples and Cultures of North America3USD, , I, USD
ANT 315The Aztecs, Maya, and Their Predecessors: Archaeology of Mesoamerica3GK
ANT 325Andean South America3GK
ANT 330People and Cultures of Africa3GK
ANT 345Anthropology of the Middle East3GK
ANT 370Introduction to Forensic Anthropology3
ANT 461Wealth, Poverty and International Aid3GK
ANT 471Understanding Latino Migration3GK, IP
ANT 481Zooarchaeology3
ANT 561Wealth, Poverty and International Aid3GK
ANT 571Understanding Latino Migration3GK, IP
ANT 581Zooarchaeology3
ARE 201Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics3
ARE 201AIntroduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics3
ARE 309Environmental Law & Economic Policy3
ARE 311Agricultural Markets3
ARE 433U.S. Agricultural Policy3
COM 112Interpersonal Communication3
COM 289Science Communication and Public Engagement3HUM, IP
COM 292Language, Communication, and Culture3USD, , I, USD
COM 392International and Crosscultural Communication3GK, USD
EC 201Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
EC 205Fundamentals of Economics3
EDP 304Educational Psychology3
EDP 370Applied Child Development3
ENG 210Introduction to Language and Linguistics3
GEO 200Principles of Geography3
GEO 220Cultural Geography3GK
HON 295Honors Special Topics-Social Science3
HON 352Self, Schooling, and the Social Order: A Critical Examination3USD
HON 353Code Breakers: Unlocking the Mysteries of One Human Language3GK
HON 354The Winners and Losers of U.S. Agricultural Policy3
HSS 392International and Crosscultural Communication3GK, USD
IS 471Understanding Latino Migration3GK, IP
IS 571Understanding Latino Migration3GK, IP
LPS 315Public Leadership3
MIE 209Survey of Entrepreneurship3
MS 302Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations3
NR 219Natural Resource Markets3
NR 460Renewable Natural Resource Management and Policy3
NR 560Renewable Natural Resource Management and Policy3
NS 210Leadership and Management3
PA 203Introduction to Nonprofits3
PA 312Introduction to Public Administration3
PRT 152Introduction to Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Event Management3
PRT 200Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness3
PS 201American Politics and Government3
PS 202State and Local Government3
PS 203Introduction to Nonprofits3
PS 231Introduction to International Relations3GK
PS 236Issues in Global Politics3GK
PS 241Introduction to Comparative Politics3GK
PS 301The Presidency and Congress3
PS 302Campaigns and Elections in the US Political System3
PS 303Race in U.S. Politics3USD, , I, USD
PS 305The Justice System in the American Political Process3
PS 306Gender and Politics in the United States3USD, , I, USD
PS 309Equality and Justice in United States Law3USD, , I, USD
PS 310Public Policy3
PS 312Introduction to Public Administration3
PS 314Science, Technology and Public Policy3
PS 320U.S. Environmental Law and Politics3
PS 325Introduction to Political Psychology3
PS 331U.S. Foreign Policy3
PS 332Causes of War and Peace3
PS 335International Law3GK
PS 336Global Environmental Politics3GK
PS 341European Politics3GK
PS 342Politics of China and Japan3GK
PS 345Governments and Politics in the Middle East3GK
PS 353Issues in Latin American and Caribbean Politics3
PSY 200Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 208Psychobiology of Success3IP
PSY 311Social Psychology3
PSY 325Introduction to Political Psychology3
PSY 376Developmental Psychology3
PSY 406Psychology of Gender3USD, USD, , I
PSY 412Social Relationships3USD, , I
PSY 432Human Sexuality and Intimate Relationships3IP
PSY 441Environmental Psychology3IP
PSY 471Psychology and Media3
PSY 477Psychology of Aging3USD, , I
REL 309Religion and Society3HUM
SOC 202Principles of Sociology3USD, USD, I, SS
SOC 203Current Social Problems3USD, USD, I, SS
SOC 203ACurrent Social Problems3USD, USD, I, SS
SOC 204Sociology of Family3USD, , I, USD
SOC 205Jobs and Work3USD, , I
SOC 206Social Deviance3
SOC 207Language and Society3IP, USD, , I, USD
SOC 211Community and Health3USD, , I, USD
SOC 212Race in America3USD, , I
SOC 220Cultural Geography3GK
SOC 241Sociology of Agriculture and Rural Society3
SOC 241ASociology of Agriculture and Rural Society3
SOC 261Technology in Society and Culture3GK, IP
SOC 300Social Research Methods4
SOC 301Human Behavior3
SOC 304Gender and Society3USD, , I, USD
SOC 305Racial and Ethnic Relations3USD, , I, USD
SOC 306Criminology3
SOC 307Sociology of Immigration3USD
SOC 309Religion and Society3HUM
SOC 311Community Relationships3
SOC 320Survey Design3
SOC 342International Development3GK
SOC 350Food and Society3
SOC 351Population and Planning3GK
SW 300Research Methods in Social Work3
SW 307Social Welfare Policy: Analysis and Advocacy3USD, , I, USD
SW 310Human Behavior Theory for Social Work Practice3USD
WGS 204Sociology of Family3USD, , I, USD
WGS 304Gender and Society3USD, , I, USD
WGS 306Gender and Politics in the United States3USD, , I, USD
WGS 406Psychology of Gender3USD, USD, , I