We urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.
ANTHRO 104: Culture, Society and People: The nature of culture and its role in creating forms of social, economic, and political life in diverse historical and geographical contexts.
SOCIOL 222: The Family: Historical transformations in family life (relationships between husbands and wives, position and treatment of children, importance of kinship ties); and the contemporary family through life course (choice of a mate, relations in marriage, parenthood, breakup of the family unit).
SOCIOL 297W Special Topics- Introduction to Social Welfare: Critical introduction to various conceptions of "welfare" across contexts, exploring notions of deservingness and entitlement, various methods of provision, changes in programs over time, as well as the ways that welfare programs create, reproduce, and mitigate enduring inequalities.
COMM 250 - Interpersonal Communication: This course introduces non-majors to a variety of competing theories of interpersonal behavior and everyday social interaction and provides them with new ways of thinking about the social situations in which they participate and interact (and observe others doing so). Theoretical frameworks may include Cultural Discourse theory, models of Relational Communication, Coordinated Management of Meaning, Identity Management, and the Ethnography of Speaking.
COMM 352 - Group Dynamics: The dynamics of decision-making groups. Topics include: leadership, networks, conformity, problem solving, mediation, and conflict resolution.
LEGAL 391F - Law & the Family: Who has traditionally had the right to parent, and what has been the role of ideology in defining the "American family"? What are some of the contemporary issues in American family law addressed by legal scholars, practicing lawyers, judges, legislators and policy analysts? How have changing social patterns affected marriage and parenting arrangements? We will discuss recent developments that have redefined "the traditional American family": divorce, single parenting, gay and lesbian parenting, international and transracial adoption, and new reproductive technologies that have changed the very meaning of parenthood.
Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:
- Effective listening
- Written & oral communication skills
- Problem solving
- Analytical thinking