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UCORE: University Common Requirements Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Inquiry in the Social Sciences

Course designation within the area of Inquiry: Ways of Knowing

Inquiry in the Social Sciences teaches students how social sciences apply empirical principles and methods to understand human beings as social agents in cultural, group, and individual contexts.

Students choose one SSCI course (3 credits) to satisfy part of the UCORE Inquiry: Ways of Knowing graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students, regardless of major, who successfully complete a [SSCI] course should be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between quantitative and qualitative evidence for use in social scientific research, including when each is appropriate to support claims (critical thinking).
  • Evaluate, at an appropriate level, evidence-based claims and conclusions that are rooted in social scientific research methods (information literacy).
  • Communicate social scientific information or findings in written forms appropriate to the discipline (written communication).
  • Understand fundamental knowledge and concepts in social science as appropriate to the discipline (breadth of learning).

Revised outcomes approved Spring 2022.

For Faculty

Learning Outcomes Grid

Whether submitting a new course for approval for the first time or submitting an updated course as part of UCORE’s renewal process, faculty should submit a completed SSCI Learning Outcomes Grid along with the course syllabus and supporting assignment prompts/activity descriptions. This grid should clearly demonstrate the relationship among UCORE designator learning outcomes, course learning outcomes, and activities and assignments that support those outcomes.

Propose or renew a SSCI course