Undergraduate Course Catalog

Social Science

SS 201 – Introduction to Psychology

  • Course Number: SS 201
  • Department: Social Science
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

This course will serve as an overview of the major fields within psychology with an emphasis on developing an understanding of psychology as the science of human thought and behavior.

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the theories, research, and applications within the following areas of psychology: biological psychology, developmental psychology, sensation and perception, learning and memory, cognition and intelligence, motivation and emotion, stress and health, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders, and treatments. In each area, the process of scientific inquiry will be emphasized. Students will be encourage through their reading and various assignments to critically evaluate ideas and research findings, thereby becoming more astute consumers of media reports on social science topics.

SS 202 – Principles of Interpersonal Relationships

  • Course Number: SS 202
  • Department: Social Science
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Principles of Interpersonal Relationships teaches a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for a student’s personal and professional life. Universal principles such as fairness, personal integrity, honesty, and human dignity, provide the foundation for effective interpersonal relationships. Students will be introduced to quality life habits and have the opportunity to internalize them through personal exercise, video presentations, Scriptures and spiritual teaching.

SS 205 – Cultural Anthropology

  • Course Number: SS 205
  • Department: Social Science
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Cultural Anthropology is an introduction to the anthropological study of different cultures. This course includes ways of comparing and contrasting social relationships and belief systems that operate in different cultural settings. Students will explore the world views and belief systems of other peoples and reflect on their own multi-cultural experiences in order to be better equipped to move and relate in their own local church or elsewhere. This course will also cover issues of tourism.

Note: Because Marsh Smith, Ph.D., the author of the course, is a China scholar and has written about some of the issues covered as they occur in China, this course will have more about China than other parts of the world.

SS 211 – Foundations of American Government

  • Course Number: SS 211
  • Department: Social Science
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Students will examine the religious context of the development of America and how the American political system functions. Foundations of American Government provides an overview of the founding of the United States of America as “one nation under God.” Students will learn about the commitments and covenants made with God by the Founding Fathers in the creation of the American government. A study of primary speeches and writings of the founding fathers will be included.