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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog | 20253

Goal Area 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences


    Two courses
    Six credits


To increase students' knowledge of how historians and social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Knowledge of history and social and behavioral sciences will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.

Critical Thinking

The practice of critical thinking skills used in history and the social and behavioral sciences, including gathering and applying factual information appropriately, analyzing logical connections, recognizing and articulating value assumptions made by ourselves and others.

Student Competencies

Students will be able to:

  • employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Courses that satisfy this goal area include

    *ACCT 1100 Financial Literacy (3 credits)
    ANTH 1100 Human Evolution (3 credits)
    COMM 3110 Organizational Communication (3 credits)
    COMM 3150 Gender Communication (3 credits)
    COMM 3500 Communication and Conflict (3 credits)
    COMM 3700 Persuasion and Communication (3 credits)
    ECON 2000 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
    ECON 2100 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
    GEOG 1224 Introduction to Map Use (3 credits)
    GEOG 2400 Introduction to Planning (3 credits)
    GEOG 3400 Economic Geography (3 credits)
    GEOG 3410 Geography of North America (3 credits)
    GEOG 3810 Geography of Europe (3 credits)
    GEOG 3820 Geography of East, South, and Southeast Asia (3 credits)
    GEOG 3840 Geography of Africa (3 credits)
    GEOG 3850 Geography of the Middle East (3 credits)
    GEOG 3860 Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean (3 credits)
    GEOG 3870 Planning for Sustainable Cities (3 credits)
    HST 1114 United States History I, to 1877 (3 credits)
    HST 1115 United States History II, since 1877 (3 credits)
    HST 1304 World History I, Prehistory-1500 (3 credits)
    HST 1305 World History II, 1500-Present (3 credits)
    HST 2500 Native Americans and the United States, 1600s-Present (3 credits)
    HST 2610 Minnesota History (3 credits)
    HST 2660 Women and History (3 credits)
    INST 1107 Introduction to Turtle Island (3 credits)
    INST 1202 Indigenous Environmental Current Events (3 credits)
    INST 2201 Creation to Contact (3 credits)
    INST 2202 Survivance Since Contact (3 credits)
    INST 3170 Indigenous Education (3 credits)
    INST 3307 Ojibwe History (3 credits)
    JUST 3307 Victimological Theory and Practice (3 credits)
    MASC 1100 Mass Media and Society (3 credits)
    POL 1200 Introduction to American Politics (3 credits)
    POL 2800 Introduction to Law and Law School (3 credits)
    POL 3200 Minnesota Politics (3 credits)
    PSY 1100 Introductory Psychology (4 credits)
    SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
    SOC 2240 Sociology of Gender - Current Topics (3 credits)
    SOC 3300 Family and Society (3 credits)
    SOC 3320 Social Class and Inequality (3 credits)
    TADD 3350 History of Modern Art & Design: 1820-1950 (3 credits)
    TADD 3360 History of Contemporary Art & Design: Present-1950 (3 credits)
    TADT 2100 Impact Of Technology, Art & Design (2 credits)
    All-University course numbers 1953 and 2953 are available to any department for use as study-travel courses, subject to approval, and will satisfy this goal area.

    *This course will satisfy Liberal Education at BSU, but does not qualify for inclusion in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum as currently interpreted by Minnesota State, and may not be accepted as a Liberal Education course at other Minnesota State institutions or the University of Minnesota.