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Social Behavior and Human Understanding

Bachelor of General Studies

Gain the ability to analyze multiple perspectives on social and cultural change, assess conflicting points of view, and understand the interactions of individuals and societies.


The knowledge of human behavior, history, culture, ethics and communication gained with a Bachelor of General Studies with a focus in Social Behavior and Human Understanding forms a solid foundation for a variety of careers. Social Behavior and Human Understanding graduates work in human services, program coordination, public relations, or marketing. This focus theme is also good preparation for work and further studies in health care, legal services, public policy and public health.

General Studies, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields.

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Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of General Studies
College: College of Humanities

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Potential courses within this theme are listed below; work with your adviser to choose your specific path.

  • HIST/CLAS 204: Ancient History: Greek History - A political, social and cultural history of Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great.
  • HIST /CLAS 205: Ancient History: Roman History - A survey of Roman History from the prehistoric settlements in the Seven Hills to the deterioration of the Western Empire in the fifth century C.E. Topics include material culture of the Roman world, image use in the pursuit of political agendas, classical notions of the divine, popular film representations, and concepts of gender, power, and identity.
  • ANTH 364: Natural History of Our Closest Relatives - The study and history of comparative primate biology, behavior, ecology and evolution.
  • HIST 405A: Medieval Europe - Major institutions and trends in Europe from the breakup of the Roman World to the 14th century.
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Earning your Bachelor of General Studies in Social Behavior and Human Understanding will build core skills, including:

  • analysis
  • communication skills
  • critical thinking
  • cultural understanding
  • human development
  • interpersonal skills
  • research
  • social awareness

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