Social & Behavioral Sciences





The mission of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is to advance knowledge of humanity through critical inquiry. The department strives to achieve this mission by employing multidisciplinary methods to examine the human mind, individual and group behavior, societies, cultures, and the environment.


The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences endorses the core values of a liberal arts education and supports the values of professionalism, dedication, honesty, and transparency in all academic and professional activities.


The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences aspires to offer intellectually engaging, challenging, and dynamic programs in anthropology, psychology, and environmental studies for the enrichment of university faculty, students, and the public.  The department seeks to advance these disciplines by pursuing excellence in all areas of teaching, research, and service, both locally and internationally.


The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences includes the following disciplines (fields of study):

  • Anthropology (SBSA)
  • Psychology (PSYC)
  • Environmental Studies (ENVS)


The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences – Concentration in Anthropology, and a minor in the same.



The Social and Behavioral Sciences – Concentration in Anthropology major is the study of human beings and societies across time and around the globe. This includes how human societies and cultures comprise, and are shaped by, natural and human-made environments, systems of social groupings and status relationships, material exchanges, and capacities for symbolic expression and communication; as well as issues such as class formation, gender relationships, ethnicity and ethnic revitalization, violence, visual culture and mass media, and migration.

Graduates of the SBSA program find employment in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, international aid and development agencies, and in the private sector in management positions, community service, social service, and in media and research organizations. With knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, graduates can also be employed by research and consulting agencies, polling organizations, and print and electronic media institutions. Students can also pursue graduate studies in anthropology, cultural studies, social work, media studies, and related fields.


Upon completion of the AUK major in Social and Behavioral Sciences – Concentration in Anthropology, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize the fundamental concepts in social and behavioral sciences with regard to different societies and cultures.
  2. Examine how categories of difference are socially constructed.
  3. Examine how culture constructs behaviors of everyday life.
  4. Demonstrate sensitivity to diverse cultural perspectives, critical in today’s global society.
  5. Apply appropriate ethical standards in the study and research of other cultures.
  6. Assess the impact of global media, telecommunication, travel, migration and immigration on societies and cultures.

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences – Concentration in Anthropology, students must complete at least 124 credit hours. Students are required to complete a minimum 30 credit hours of upper-level courses (300-level and above) as part of their 124 credit hour degree requirement at AUK, of which at least 18 credits hours need to be taken in the SBSA major. All core and concentration courses must be passed with a C- or better, and a cumulative major GPA of at least 2.00 in the major courses is required to earn an undergraduate degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences – Concentration in Anthropology.

General Education Requirements (49)
Major Requirements, composed of: (45)
Core Courses (9)
Concentration Courses (36)
Social and Behavioral Science Electives (12)
Free Electives (18)

Core Courses (9 credit hours)

SBSA 101

Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences – Concentration in Anthropology


SBSA 200

Ethnographic and Research Methods


SBSA 485

Capstone: Seminar in Social and Behavioral Sciences – Concentration in Anthropology


Concentration Courses (36 credit hours)

Students must complete, in consultation with their academic advisors, a total of 36 credit hours from the courses listed below. Twelve of these total credit hours must be upper-level (300-level or above).

SBSA 205

Fundamentals of Arab Society

(3) [K,S]

SBSA 210

Arab Society and Culture

(3) [K,S]

SBSA 222

Global Media and Spaces of Identity

(3) [S]

SBSA 224

Shopping and Consumerism    

(3) [S]

SBSA 235

Identity, Difference and Deviance

(3) [S]

SBSA 239

Nation and Migration

(3) [S]

SBSA 249

Images of Women in the Media

(3) [S]

SBSA 255

Health, Medicine and Curing  

(3) [S]

SBSA 260

Ethnographic Film

(3) [S]

SBSA 265

South Asian Film: A Global Perspective

(3) [S]

SBSA 270

The Indigenous Americas

(3) [S]

SBSA 280

Kinship and Family in the Global Era

(3) [S]

SBSA 341

Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective

(3) [S]

SBSA 344

Tourism and Culture Change

(3) [S]

SBSA 345

Globalization: Opportunities and Challenges

(3) [S]

SBSA 348

Anthropology of Human Rights

(3) [S]

SBSA 360

Genocide and Refugees

(3) [S]

SBSA 366

Popular Culture in South Asia: Film and Beyond

(3) [S]

SBSA 370

Music of the Arabian Peninsula

(3) [K,S]

SBSA 372

Anthropology of Business

(3) [S]

SBSA 389

Special Topics*


* Can be repeated for credit under different topics.


Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (12 credit hours)

Majors must choose four courses (12 credit hours) of which one (3 credit hours) must be upper-level (300-level or above), in consultation with their academic advisor, from the following disciplines: AMST, HIST, PLSC, IR, PSYC, SBSA.


Majors must complete six courses (18 credit hours) of their choice from among courses in the College of Arts and Sciences.


Students must complete one core course: SBSA 101 (3). Students must also complete five additional courses (15 credit hours) from any of the Concentration Courses listed above for the SBSA major. At least three courses (9 credit hours) must be upper-level (300-level and above). The Core and Concentration courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.



The internship is a practicum course that explores the social and behavioral sciences through a variety of work experiences, both governmental and non-governmental. Students are expected to perform work for academic credit and submit, as part of their course requirements, written evaluative reports based on their experiences under the guidance of faculty of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students with junior or senior standing and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 may petition the department for internship approval.


Activities Log: The student is required to maintain an ongoing log of his or her day-to-day activities in the internship. The Activities Log is submitted to the 470 instructor at the end of the semester.

Midterm Report: At the mid-term of the semester, the on-site supervisor will make the initial assessment of the student’s progress and forward this to the 470 instructor. The student then meets with the 470 instructor to discuss the report and his or her experiences in the internship. Within one week following the meeting, the student will submit a brief report to the 470 instructor that includes a critical reflection and evaluation of the learning experiences provided by the internship.

Final Report: At the end of the semester, students are required to submit a comprehensive report that describes their internship experiences. Students will receive detailed information concerning the requirements for this report.

On-Site Supervisor Assessment: At the end of the semester, the on-site supervisor will submit a report of the student’s performance to the 470 instructor. The 470 instructor then confirms the on-site supervisor’s assessment and, if necessary, discusses it with the on-site supervisor.


The final grade for the internship will be calculated as follows:   

  • Activities Log


  • Midterm Report


  • Final Report


  • On-Site Supervisor Assessment


  • Juniors and seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 may elect to pursue a 470 internship course.
  • The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences sets the standards for the internship and reserves the right to decide on the suitability of the work experience.
  • Students are encouraged to find their own placements. However, the department must be advised before a student approaches a prospective organization.
  • The 470 instructor will visit the proposed internship site to determine if the environment is appropriate for an internship placement.
  • Contact will be established between the 470 instructor and the on-site supervisor to ensure that if any problems arise during the internship, there is a clear understanding of the roles each party will play to ensure that the student has a quality learning experience
  • An internship placement is not secured until it has been approved by the Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral, and the student, on-site coordinator, and faculty supervisor have signed and returned the Student Internship Agreement.
  • A student must secure an internship for the entire semester.
  • Students should work 2.5 hours per week for 1 credit hour; 5 hours per week for 2; and 7.5 hours per week for 3 credit hours.
  • Any student who is dismissed from the internship must immediately notify the 470 instructor and withdraw from the course if possible (before semester Withdrawal deadline). Failure to notify the 470 instructor within a reasonable amount of time will result in a failing grade.
  • All students will be treated fairly and equitably with respect to the internship.

In accordance with AUK policy, students are expected to be present, on time, and prepared for all meetings at the internship site, and with the 470 instructor.

Writing Standards and Academic Integrity The quality and content of the student’s reports will be considered when assigning grades. Students are expected to produce assignments that are thoughtful, well organized, and well written. The University Code of Conduct should be strictly adhered to in this course.