The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - "The People College" - focuses on people and their connections with each other, their pasts, and the world around tehm to better understand the complexity that shapes their daily lives. Our faculty and students study people's experiences and behavioras, commonalities and diversities, and relationships and societies.
In "The People College," we understand that education cannot be limited to technical knowledge. Students need to have social and emotional intelligence, an appreciation of cultural and interpersonal differences, the analytic skills to critically assess decisions, and an understanding of societal contexts and environments.
Undergraduate students who receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science from any of the schools, departments, and programs in Social and Behavioral Sciences are able to:
1. Think critically.
SBS graduates can evaluate evidence, draw reasonable conclusions based on that evidence, and defend those conclusions rationally. SBS graduates have particular strengths in those areas related to people--as individuals, cultures, societies, polities, and governments. Students from the college are aware that there are multiple perspectives on any issue, and have the skills to understand multiple points of view, as evidenced for example in their proficiency in a second language.
2. Communicate effectively.
SBS graduates have strong written and oral communication skills. This means that SBS graduates can develop analytics in the classroom and translate their finds to multiple audiences and constituencies.
3. Ask and answer important questions.
SBS graduates have developed habits of mind that include curiosity, flexibity, and reflection when exposed to new ideas or unexpected perspectives.
4. Solve problems.
SBS graduates can apply knowledge about people to solve problems. They have spent time in upper-division courses grappling with creative ways to make contributions to addressing complex societal and global problems.
SBS graduates recognize the importance of their involvement in making their communities--however broadly or narrowly construed--better places by transforming their own educational experiences and the experiences of others through research, classrooms, and service.
The College engages in ongoing evaluation the success of SBS programs, departments, and schools through the National Study of Student Engagement, the NRC evaluation process, and, every seven years, through academic program reviews involving self-study, internal, and external reviewers. The college works with the departments to support them in ensuring that data from these sources and others results in continued revision and improvement of courses and curriculum.
- The National Research Council sites.nationalacademies.org/NRC/
- National Survey of Student Engagement www.nsse.iub.edu/
SBS chronicles the events and activities of our exceptional faculty, students, and researchers in our monthly newsletter SBS Snapshots.
In the summer of 2014, SBS will develop two assessments that examine:
(1) the transcriptable engaged learning experiences that all graduates in the college have completed as part of their undergraduate education at the University of Arizona (to assess goal 5 above);
(2) thematic minors and double majors to evaluate how students are putting together their interdisciplinary interests.