Below are a few examples, but 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.
COMM 260 - Public Speaking: Practical communication in one-to-group contexts. Theoretical bases for structuring and presenting public speeches.
ECON 397 - Education and Economics: This course will examine contemporary issues in U.S. education through the use of economic theory and current research literature.
SOCIOL 322 - Sociology of Education: Sociological perspectives on educational issues; social class differences in school achievement, the crisis in educational credentials, school reform movements, the erosion of public support for education, schools, and jobs.
SOCIOL 386 - Complex Organizations: The significance of large, complex organizations like schools, hospitals, businesses, religions and government. How such organizations identify goals and achieve them. How such organizations change over time and why.
COMM 211 - Communication for Sustainable Social Change: By examining the theories and practices of communication as applied to sustainable social change, students will participate in formulating communication and media strategies to explore ways that ensures target audiences are reached to effectively enhance knowledge transfer and create social change.
COMM 320 - Culture, Communication & Social Identities: Explore ways in which everyday communicative practices and culture are intertwined, and the multiple ways in which social identities (particularly race/ethnicity, but also gender) are both reflected and reconstituted through communicative practices. Emphasis on the ways in which our cultural backgrounds channel our interpretations of communicative practices, and the ways in which historical relationships of inequality in the US shape the communicative practices and social identities of various groups.
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:
- Critical and creative thinking
- Problem solving
- Effective communication
- Teamwork and leadership
- Understanding diversity, equity and inclusion