How do social institutions and practices shape human experience?
How do individuals contribute to social stability and change?
Society, Ethics and Human Behavior (SEB) addresses these questions through a critical examination of the perspectives and tools used to understand human behavior, social institutions, and social policies. SEB combines an exploration of the ethical dimensions of individual and social action with analyses across multiple disciplines including sociology, psychology, media and cultural studies, anthropology, ethics, and political philosophy. The SEB faculty is committed to providing students with opportunities to engage in empirical research and project-based learning experiences in and beyond the classroom.
Graduating SEB students are ideally prepared to pursue professional careers or advanced study in a wide variety of fields, such as social work, education, public policy, law, media and cultural studies, and human resources. SEB also educates students to assume more active leadership roles within their communities, families, and workplaces. For more information about career possibilities or pursuing graduate school please click here.
SEB Major Requirements
While there are no official requirements beyond the requirements for admission into the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, students choosing this major will find it helpful to have completed college coursework in psychology, sociology, statistics, and philosophy.
BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry*(5 credits)
SEB Core (5 credits)
BIS 315, BIS 312 or BIS 410 (5 credits)
SEB Courses (30 credits)
Portfolio Capstone (3 credits)
Additional IAS Coursework (20 credits)
General Electives (22 credits)
TOTAL= 90 Credits
*Should be taken in the first quarter of IAS enrollment.
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) Requirements & Policies
Interdisciplinary Practice & Reflection (IPR)
Within the above-listed 90 credits, students must complete the IPR requirement.
Areas of Knowledge
25 credits must be completed in each Area of Knowledge. At least 10 credits in each Area must be completed in courses offered by UW Bothell. The Areas of Knowledge are: Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Societies (I&S), and Natural World (NW).
Multiply-designated courses may not be double-counted as fulfilling two Areas of Knowledge. Courses may apply to both an Area of Knowledge requirement and an SEB major requirement.
Lower Division Credit Policy
Up to 35 credits of lower division (100-200 level) coursework taken at UW Bothell may be applied toward designated requirements within the 90 program credits. Please contact an IAS advisor for details.
With the exception of the General Electives, courses taken to satisfy SEB major requirements must be completed in matriculated status.
Admitted prior to Autumn Quarter, 2012?
Students admitted to the SEB major prior to Autumn 2012 may be eligible to complete an older set of major requirements. Students with questions about their major requirements should contact an IAS advisor.
Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior Learning Objectives
The Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior curriculum advances the four core IAS learning objectives. Students taking courses and/or majoring in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior:
1) Understand how social institutions work (e.g., family, criminal justice, religion, media, education, business).
2) Understand the connections between social institutions and social change.
3) Identify how social position (e.g., race, sex/gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, age, nationality, disability) influence individual life outcomes.
4) Develop and employ evidence-based research strategies.
5) Develop creative and collaborative approaches for addressing social problems.