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Humanities and Social Science

Humanities and Social Science programs provide students with soft science skills that prepare them for a broad range of professional fields by teaching students to assess and adapt to change, analyze trends, communicate effectively, and consider the past to better prepare for the future. These different fields study human culture and what differentiates us from other species through analytical, critical, speculative and empirical methods. The Humanities and Social Science minors below meet the Area of Emphasis requirement for the Bachelor of Applied Science and complement the themes of the required BAS courses. If you are interested in a Humanities and Social Sciences program that is not listed, please discuss it with the Academic Advisor.

Minors:

Psychology Minor


Students who complete courses in Psychology are expected to be familiar with current psychological theories and research findings and should possess the skills that enable them to be life-long learners and productive community members. Faculty members strive to develop in students the kinds of communication, learning, and problem-solving skills that will be useful in a wide variety of pursuits.

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Sociology Minor


Sociology investigates how people interact with the institutions we have created. Students study the key divisions of society: class, race, gender, and sexuality. Our subjects range from the interpersonal to the global, from prison behavior to mass mobilizations. We are interested in the social order, social inequality, and social change.

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History Minor


The study of history contributes in important ways to the development of the individual as both public and private citizen. The study of history also refines self-identity through the collective memory that serves to place us in the stream of time and connect us to the people and events that shaped our world.

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Family Studies Minor


Family Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the well-being and healthy development of individuals and families over the lifespan, including dynamic relations within the family as well as the family’s interactions with broader social institutions. It addresses issues related to familial relationships and works to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

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American Sign Language Minor


The study of languages gives students a sound foundation in the liberal arts. Graduates with language backgrounds possess a resource for continuing intellectual growth and personal fulfillment, a passport for moving easily within the world community and its diverse cultures, and a practical tool for earning a living.

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Gender Studies Minor


Gender Studies at Boise State focus on building an academic and intellectual environment for students and faculty members. It  encourages students to think outside the box and engage in critical thinking regarding the ethics and politics of equality and justice, and links the questions of gender and sexuality (both men and women) to all forms of hierarchical differences.

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Political Science Minor


Graduates with a minor in Political Science are prepared for further study at the graduate level or for a variety of careers. Some work for a large corporation as public affairs officers or for federal, state, or local governments in numerous capacities. Some become reporters, lobbyists, or campaign managers; some have been elected to public office.

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Spanish Minor: Business Emphasis


The study of languages gives students a sound foundation in the liberal arts. Graduates with language backgrounds possess a resource for continuing intellectual growth and personal fulfillment, a passport for moving easily within the world community and its diverse cultures, and a practical tool for earning a living.

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English Minor


Courses offered in the English department prepare students for many professional degrees and for a variety of careers demanding strong critical thinking and communication skills.

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Arabic Studies Minor


The study of languages gives students a sound foundation in the liberal arts. Graduates with language backgrounds possess a resource for continuing intellectual growth and personal fulfillment, a passport for moving easily within the world community and its diverse cultures, and a practical tool for earning a living.

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Your Academic Advisor can help you select an area of emphasis or minor as well as make recommendations on electives to supplement your chosen degree plan.


Contact us for more information about the Bachelor of Applied Science Program.

Phone: (208) 426-3496
Email: appliedscience@boisestate.edu
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