Behavioral Sciences Series

The Behavioral Sciences Series provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the human sciences, and draws on perspectives from anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology.

Like the Honors College Humanities Series and Science Series, the Behavioral Sciences Series is founded on a set of principles including an emphasis on interdisciplinary thinking and writing and engagement with key texts and “big ideas” from a variety of fields. Philosophically, this series aims at enabling both objective and subjective approaches to the subject of human nature, allowing students and faculty to address questions like “How do I make sense of myself?” in one course and “What selective pressures during human evolution shaped our ability to cooperate?” in another. The specific content of each course will differ, depending on the instructor.

GN_HON 2243H: Personal Identity

This interdisciplinary course approaches the perennial but fascinating question of how we define, develop, and present ourselves. It considers this question from a range of disciplinary, regional, and thematic perspectives.

GN_HON 2244H: Social Relations

This interdisciplinary course explores the construction of human identity as it relates to social groups (these groups might include anything from the family to fan clubs, sports teams to college students).