Social Scientific Inquiry
Social science is a core component of liberal education, both for the development of theoretical and evidence based thought, and for the formation of citizens who are capable of contributing to the construction of a more just and humane world. Education in this area includes the application of social scientific theories, concepts, research findings and methods in identifying and comprehending broad societal trends and important events.
Outcomes are evaluated through some combination of writing, oral presentation, participation in class activities and discussions, examinations, or involvement in and reflection upon community based service and projects. Regardless of the methods of evaluation, faculty should be explicit about how assessment of one or more outcomes is included in assignments so that students’ capabilities for critical social scientific thinking are clearly understood and measured.