Social Sciences and Humanities Breadth Requirement

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To ensure breadth, you are required to select two courses in the social sciences and two in the humanities.

Please note that below the Humanities list, there is a separate list of courses offered in programs that are cross-listed with “SS” or “H” departments.

All Departmental-based topics courses must be approved for use in this category.

*Please note: Red, bolded courses are not currently active. Check with the primary department to confirm course status.

Social Sciences

Courses which qualify for Social Science (SS) include any course numbered below 5000 (500) from the following departments, except where noted. Freshman Seminar courses offered by these departments can be used to fulfil the requirements.

  • ASAM – Asian American Studies (except where cross-listed with AMES, ENGL, FNAR, HIST, or SARS)
  • COMM – Communications
  • CRIM – Criminology
  • ECON – Economics (except statistics, probability, and math courses) [ECON 104 is not allowed]
  • GSWS – Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies (formerly GSOC)
  • HSOC – Health and Societies
  • INTR – International Relations
  • Linguistics (LING) (except language courses which can be used as Humanities electives and LING 0700 which can be used as a free elective)
  • PPE – Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • PSCI – Political Science
  • PSYC -Psychology (except statistics, probability, and math courses)
  • SOCI – Sociology (except statistics, probability, and math courses)
  • STSC -Science, Technology and Society
  • URBS – Urban Studies

The following courses may also be counted as social science:

  • Business Economics & Public Policy (BEPP) (formerly BPUB) 2010, 2030, LGST 2120, 2200, 2500*, 288, 289
  • Eng & Applied Science (EAS) 2030, 303 (cross-listed with BE 303)
  • Finance (FNCE) 1010, 103
  • History and Sociology of Science (HSSC) (taken prior to Fall 2004)
  • Legal Studies 1000, 1010, 210, 2150, 2200
  • Nursing (NURS) 098, 3130, 3150, 3160, 317, 3300, 331, 333, 5250

* Note: BPUB 2500 may be used as SS Depth along with ECON 0110

Humanities

Courses which qualify for Humanities (H) include any course numbered below 500 from the following departments, except where noted. Freshman Seminar courses offered by these departments can be used to fulfill the requirements.

  • ANTH – Anthropology
  • ANCH – Ancient History
  • ANEL – Ancient Neareast Languages
  • ARTH – Art History
  • ASAM – Asian American Studies (cross-listed with AMES, ENGL, FNAR, HIST, and SARS only)
  • ASLD – American Sign Language
  • BIOE – Bioethics 4020 (this course does not satisfy the Engineering Ethics requirement)
  • CLST – Classical Studies (ANCH, CLST, LATN, GREK)
  • COML – Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
  • DSGN – Design 233, 1020, 1030, 2010, 1040, 2030, 2040, 5001, 266, 2510, and 1050
    • Note these courses were previously approved FNAR
  • EALC – East Asia Languages and Civilizations
  • ENGL – English
  • FNAR – Fine Arts
  • FOLK – Folklore
  • Germanic Languages (GRMN, DTCH, SCND)
  • HIST – History
  • HSSC – History and Sociology of Science
  • JWST – Jewish Studies
  • LALS – Latin American and Latino Studies
  • MUSC – Music
  • NELC – Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • PHIL – Philosophy (except 005, 006, and all other logic courses)
  • RELS – Religious Studies
  • Romance Languages (FREN, ITAL, PRTG, ROML, SPAN)
  • Slavic Languages (CZECH, EEUR, POLISH, REES, SLAV)
  • South Asia Studies (SARS and SAST)
  • THAR – Theatre Arts
  • VLST – Visual Studies (except 209)

The following courses may also be counted as humanities:

  • ARCH – Architecture 1010, 2010, 2020, 3010, 3020, 4010, 402, 403, 4110, 4120
  • CIS – Computer & Information Science 1060 (ANTH 2580)
  • IPD- Integrated Product Design 509
  • Any foreign language course

Courses From Academic Programs With All Multi-Listed Courses

The following programs offer courses that are ALMOST entirely cross-listd with other academic departments. Students taking courses offered in these programs must use the “SS” or “H” designations according to their cross-listed academic department as listed above. In the few cases where there is no cross-listing, students must petition to approve use a course for “SS” or “H”

  • AFST – African Studies
  • AFRC – Africana Studies
  • AAMW – Art and Archeology of the Mediterranean World
  • CIMS – Cinema Media Studies
  • GSWS – Gender, Sex, and Women’s Studies

Writing Seminar Course

Writing Seminar (WRIT) courses offered may be used to satisfy “SS” or “H” requirements according to this list.