Bachelor of Arts in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior (SEB)

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.

Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior Learning Objectives

The Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior curriculum advance the four core IAS learning objectives. Students taking courses and/or majoring in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior:

  • Understand how social institutions work (e.g., family, criminal justice, religion, media, education, business).
  • Understand the connections between social institutions and social change.
  • Identify how social position (e.g., race, sex/gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, age, nationality, disability) influence individual life outcomes.
  • Develop and employ evidence-based research strategies.
  • Develop creative and collaborative approaches to addressing social problems.


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.

Degree Requirements

  • 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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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