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Human Studies

Students interested in the wide range of human studies or human services will be attracted to this major. It permits the student, working with an advisor, to design a major that will meet both personal and career goals. All human studies majors must have their program design approved in advance by an academic advisor and the BIS Coordinator. It must include the following four parts:

Social Science Core (24 credits). Students are required to select 24 credits from three of the following social science departments in the College of Arts and Sciences: economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology and anthropology.  These departments determine which of their courses are suitable for the BIS major.

The 24 credits must be distributed as follows: four courses from one department, two courses from a second department, and two courses from a third department. Only two prerequisite or introductory-level courses are allowed in the major. Students should meet with their advisor for more information regarding these courses.

Methodology Course (3 credits). Students are strongly advised to fulfill this requirement by taking HDF 202.  In exceptional cases students may be allowed to meet the methods requirement by taking one of the following courses: HIS 395, PSY 300, SOC 301, or STA 220.  See your advisor.

Major Seminar (BIS 397, 3 credits). Students will take this course near the end of their degree program. It will give them an opportunity to review and evaluate the skills and knowledge they have acquired through their major.

Area of Emphasis (15 credits). The area of emphasis provides the student with an opportunity to select a group of courses that focus on a particular problem or population of interest. Once a particular focus is identified, students select 15 credits at or above the 300 level.  Students may select courses from a wide variety of departments at the University.  The advisor and the BIS Coordinator must approve the Area of Emphasis.

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