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Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Social science is the study of life – of society and the ways humans behave and influence the world. The social sciences help explain events beyond our immediate experiences, from the causes of unemployment to what makes people happy. Social scientists help solve problems such as political unrest, crime, energy crises, economic instability and health issues.

Below is a sample of social science courses offered in 2019, including on-campus and online options. The depth of courses help prepare students for range of careers including political scientist, social worker, journalist, anthropologist and more. Courses are grouped by theme. Contact your advisor to see which courses might help you graduate faster or lighten your load in a future semester.

Coming to campus this summer?

Madison combines the tranquility of a mid-sized city with the cultural opportunities of a major metropolitan center. Here are some attractions on and near campus you can enjoy this summer:

*Some or all sections of this course are online.

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  • Agricultural and Applied Economics 374: The Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy
  • Economics 101: Principles of Microeconomics*
  • Economics 302: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory*
  • Economics 310: Statistics: Measurement in Economics*
  • Economics 464: International Trade and Finance
Political science class

Political Science

  • Educational Policy 150: Democracy and Education*
  • Educational Policy 340: Comparative Education*
  • International Studies 101: Introduction to International Studies
  • Political Science 104: Introduction to American Politics and Government*
  • Political Science 401: International Development & Cooperation
  • Political Science 414: The Supreme Court as a Political Institution*
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  • Counseling Psychology 230: Race and the Developing Child
  • Educational Psychology 301: How People Learn
  • Psychology 202: Introduction to Psychology*
  • Psychology 210: Basic Statistics for Psychology
  • Psychology 532: Psychological Effects of the Internet*
  • Rehab Psychology & Special Education 100: Disability and Society*
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Other Courses of Interest

  • Anthropology 352: Ancient Technology and Invention
  • Community & Environmental Sociology 211: The Sociological Enterprise
  • Curriculum and Instruction 277: Videogames & Learning*
  • Environmental Studies 449: Government and Natural Resources
  • Sociology 425: Crime, Gender, and Justice*

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