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College of Social and Behavioral Science

Welcome to the College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS)!  We are focused on creating a social science way of thinking about critical challenges that all of us face in the social and natural world. Our award-winning faculty and students study a wide range of issues including climate and sustainability, social and economic inequality, immigration policies, cultural extinction, technology and society, international security, global trade, early learning and child development, health and well-being, and the roles of gender and ethnicity in society. 

We hope you will consider taking one or more of the classes below during your sophomore year.  These courses are sure to challenge you and help prepare you to become one of tomorrow’s civically engaged leaders.

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SBS 2700 Career Exploration

  • This fully online course is designed for those who are ready for hands-on career exploration and implementation. Engage via media with a range of professionals working in a variety of relevant social and behavioral science fields, while gaining practical skills in personal branding, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing and researching available jobs. Develop and refine job search documents, connect with professionals in your prospective field, create a professional online presence, and develop an individualized job search strategy.

ECON 2010 Principles of Microeconomics

  • Issues related to the production of goods and services. Questions addressed include what gets produced, how does production take place, and who gets the output. Micro theory helps answer these questions by analyzing markets and how consumers and producers make decisions.

ECON 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics

  • National and international economic issues relating to government policy, institutional structure, and economic stability. Basic models of growth, stability in employment and inflation, and government spending and monetary policy are developed and presented in historical context.

ENVST 2000 Field Experience: Environment and Sustainability

  • This course provides an opportunity for students, focused on studies related to the environment and sustainability, to meet each other, in a field-research setting, and discuss a major environmental sustainability issue. The class will be held over a three-day weekend in the local area (overnight camping required). This class is open to all interested students, but is required for all Environmental Studies majors. Each year the class will focus on a particular issue related to the environment or sustainability that is of interest to the region where the class is being held. Local stakeholders will be invited to address the students and engage in dialogue.

ENVST 2050 Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Science

  • The goal for this class is to have students versed in the topics of: 1) Ecology and Sustainability, 2) Biodiversity, and 3) Earth Resources and Environmental Quality. The course consists of lectures, participation exercises, which will require critical thinking and data analysis, and the laboratory assignments (at-home and field based). The materials have been designed to step you through the topics and if you already have some science background this class will help you make connections among scientific disciplines and ESS.

ENVST 2100 Introduction to Environment and Sustainability

  • Course consists of a series of lectures from University of Utah faculty on a wide variety of research focuses on the environment and sustainability. The course professor will provide continuity and develop an integrated framework for understanding and analyzing the material. The course will expose students to a diverse range of research viewpoints and approaches to studying issues surrounding the environment and sustainability.

FCS 2400 Modern Family: A Life Course

  • Family/home learning environment, school environments and Family/School/Community partnerships as they impact student academic achievement.

FCS 2570 Middle Childhood: The School Years

  • A study of appropriate infant and toddler programs (birth to age 3), including an overview of development, quality routines, learning environments, materials and activities, and teaching/guidance techniques.

FCS 2600 Introduction to Early Childhood

  • This course focuses on child development and childcare during the early years.

FCS 2610 Understanding Children’s Behavior

  • Ecological approach to the examination of research theory and policy related to young children. Development of young children in the family, school, and broader cultural environments.

FCS 2620 Child Development Practicum

  • Under faculty supervision, students plan and implement learning experiences for young children. Ecological contexts of development, behavior, and learning in young children.

FCS 2640 Integrated Curriculum Methods

  • This class is a curriculum and planning class. Special emphasis will be on the aesthetic domains of visual arts, music, dramatic play, movement and other creative outlets. This methods class will integrate basic skill development (literacy, math, science, etc.) with these creative learning strategies.

POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations

  • Introduces students to the analysis of international relations. Topics include the determinants of state power and the conditions that foster conflict and cooperation in international politics. Designed for students with no previous background in the study of international relations.

POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Political institutions and practices in various countries. Basic introduction to upper-division courses in comparative politics.

POLS 2300 Introduction to Political Theory

  • Political institutions and practices in various countries. Basic introduction to upper-division courses in comparative politics.

PSY 2010 Orientation to Psychology as a Science and Profession

  • Examines critical thinking, writing skills, and career options in psychology. Course is designed to expose students to basic research issues and critical analysis of psychological science, and to prompt students to consider major requirements in terms of longer-term career goals. psychological science is a broad discipline involving basic research on behavior, emotion, cognition, and neurophysiology; research on the application of psychology to domains such as education, business, policy, human factors and engineering as well as clinical practice and outcomes. Topics include information gathering in psychological science, basic APA format for writing and references, and course & career options for those pursuing psychology training. Students will be asked to write short reports (1-2 pages), take exams, and participate in collaborative learning by working in small groups. The class is designed for psychology majors and minors, but would be useful for those in related social science fields.

SOC 2630 Ethnic Minorities in America

  • This course explores how ethnic minority populations navigate a range of political, economic, and legal circumstances in the United States. The class lectures and readings consider the diverse and sometimes overlapping experiences of different ethnic/racial groups and address subjects such as: Immigration, Law, Science, Environment, Education, Media, Food, and Social Justice. Applying a sociological lens, we will pay attention to the historical and contemporary ways that ideas about race and ethnicity are instituted, circulated, and made meaningful in society. We will also examine the intersections of class, gender, and sexuality in the lives of ethnic minority populations and will discuss how people work to eradicate inequalities.

SOC 2600 Families in Society

  • Families are diverse and changing social institutions that influence our wellbeing, social relationships, and position in society. The families we live with and the family roles we fulfill influence who we are and who we are becoming. Our belonging to a particular family defines our social status, roles and responsibilities, and our access to resources and opportunities. In addition, our social class, sexual orientation, gender, religious affiliation, race, and ethnicity each inform our decisions about family, such as whether to marry, whom to marry, how many children to have, and how to divide household labor. Many of the decisions we make about family, in turn, influence our social position, workforce opportunities, and access to public resources. In this course we will use the sociological imagination to explore and analyze families in historical and international perspective. We will highlight the diverse and changing definitions of family, with a specific focus on the intersection of macro-level social change and change in family structure, roles, and ideologies. We will address how economic systems, culture, class structure and public policies influence the character of family life and create changes in the form and function of families across time and space. Most of our readings, lectures and discussions will focus locally-on families in the U.S. and our own communities. However, we will also take a global perspective on families. This international perspective will allow us to consider how different social and cultural circumstances, and the forces of globalization, influence families in the U.S. and countries across the world. By considering the similarities and differences across families internationally we will gain a more complete understanding of families as socially-constructed institutions conditioned by social and economic structures.


Last Updated: 7/7/22