Curriculum

Interdisciplinary Program in Social Inquiry

The interdisciplinary program in Social Inquiry leads to the bachelor of arts degree in Liberal Arts. Students interested in Social Inquiry are encouraged to consult with an advisor and/or the director of the program when selecting courses. Students can either complete one of the options outlined below or design their own program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. (As Liberal Arts majors, students in Social Inquiry cannot take a minor.) They can track their progress in the program by downloading and using the Program Worksheet for Social Inquiry.

Option 1

Two Integrative Courses

The following integrative courses will be offered in spring 2014:

LANT 2028 Love and Money: Intimate Transactions
LSOC 3001 Surveillance and Social Order
LPOL 3033  Utopia and Urbanism
LPOL 3029  Biodiversity and Politics
LHIS  3011  Origins of Contemporary Culture
LHIS  3027  Histories of Disease
LHIS  2023  Power and Knowledge 

See a sampling (PDF) of other Social Inquiry integrative courses offered recently.

Three courses in each of three subject areas and one course in a fourth subject area chosen from

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies

(It is recommended that at least six of these ten courses be at the 3000 level or higher.)

Senior Capstone: an interdisciplinary independent or collaborative research project or an advanced course chosen from a list of capstone courses available each year

Senior Capstone Guidelines

Option 2

Two Integrative Courses (same as for Option 1 above)

Five courses in each of two subject areas chosen from

  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Urban Studies

(It is recommended that at least six of these ten courses be at the 3000 level or higher.)

Senior Capstone: an interdisciplinary independent or collaborative research project or an advanced course chosen from a list of courses available each year

Senior Capstone Guidelines

Option 3

Any student interested in building a custom Social Inquiry program of study around a particular inquiry can submit a written path statement describing the theme, proposing a selection of courses to be taken, and explaining how the courses support the theme. Students are encouraged to identify two Integrative courses (see the lists above), ten courses relevant to the student's theme and chosen in consultation with their academic advisor (at least seven at the 3000 level or higher), and a Senior Capstone. Students interested in pursuing this option should submit their path statement no later than the beginning of their junior year.

 
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