A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Community: Understanding Human Society (8 hours)

  • During the 19th and 20th centuries, the social sciences, through their attempt to apply scientific methods to the study of human behavior, became a powerful tool for studying and shaping human communities.  They permeate much contemporary discourse about public life and social interaction.  Students must therefore complete 8 hours of approved coursework in the social sciences, to be chosen from at least two of the following disciplines: anthropology, communication, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology.
    • Goals and outcomes for Anthropology:
      • Students will be introduced to the underlying issues within anthropology, such as fieldwork, language, kinship, marriage, gender, economics, stratification, politics, law, religion, and values.
      • Students will be exposed to the diversity of human cultures and will acquire an appreciation of that diversity.
      • Students will become more self-reflective and grow in awareness of their own culture.
    • Goals and outcomes for Communication:
      • Students will understand the use of symbols and signs in the task of creating shared meaning.
      • Students will understand how strategic choices are made in selecting and organizing content to convey a message.
      • Students will appropriately adapt a message to fit the audience and context.
      • Students will explain the consequences of particular choices one makes in the communication process.
    • Goals and outcomes for Economics:
      • Students will be introduced to the economic way of thinking and learn to apply it to history and current events.
      • Students will review basic concepts of Christian faith as they relate to economic thinking.
      • Students will learn the fundamental concepts of scarcity and economic efficiency, as well as economic models and strategies for explaining scarcity and efficiency.
      • Students will apply economic method to American economic history, globalization, political economy, economic systems, and/or financial markets.
    • Goals and outcomes for Political Science:
      • Students should become familiar with key concepts from the history of political thought.
      • Students should develop an understanding of fundamental theoretical concepts and problems of political life.
      • By studying both the normative (philosophical) and empirical (social scientific) aspects of political science, students should develop an understanding of its characteristic attention to both theory and practice.
      • Students should acquire a broad understanding of "the political," one that helps them see connections between politics and other disciplines, especially in the humanities and social sciences.
      • Students should reflect upon the intersections between politics and Christian faith.
    • Goals and outcomes for Psychology and Sociology:
      • Students will develop basic knowledge of the historical origins of and systems or models used by sociology, psychology, or family systems theory to examine the human experience.
      • Students will be able to describe ways that psychological, social, or cultural factors influence our understanding of behavior, social interaction, and public life.
      • Students will examine the disciplinary methods and theories used to analyze, evaluate, and respond to problems of individuals, groups, and communities.

Requirements for B.Mus. Students: Students completing a Bachelor of Music degree shall be required to complete at least 32 hours of Integrative Studies coursework. They shall complete the Faith Foundation requirement (8 hours) and shall do work in at least two of the three humanities disciplines (History, Literature, Philosophy) within the Culture requirement.  They shall also satisfy the Writing Competency.  Performance, Music Education Vocal Emphasis (Voice Concentration), and Non-Music Elective Studies majors shall satisfy the Foreign Language Competency; Composition, Music Education Instrumental, and Music Education Vocal Emphasis (Keyboard Concentration) majors shall complete one semester of beginning Foreign Language.  Beyond that, all students shall take courses satisfying as many different IS requirements as necessary to reach a total of 32 hours.