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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Humanities And Social & Behavioral Science Pathway

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Program:  Pathway
Department:  Student Advising and Advocacy Center
School/College:  Unit of Affiliated Programs

Purdue University Fort Wayne and the Student Advising and Advocacy Center care about the futures of all of our students. To that end, the Pathway Program was implemented to allow students a more targeted approach to choosing a major. We recognize the importance and often times difficulty in making this decision - you are not alone. The center staff assists students in exploring options and connecting with faculty and staff in academic departments, by promoting analysis and exploration through an individualized pathway plan.

The humanities and social sciences are academic disciplines that examine human culture and society, as well as relationships among individuals. The humanities are those disciplines that focus on human belief systems, human culture and art, societies, relationships, and in the ways in which humans express themselves and create meaning. The social sciences investigate and analyze human nature and behavior, including human social structures and governments as well as how humans communicate with each other within these social structures. Students within this very broad pathway are concerned with understanding human institutions, how the mind works, and how we interact with one another. Students in this pathway can be caring, compassionate, able to improvise, and often choose helping professions; many have strong empathetic or sympathetic tendencies. Others within this pathway are curious about the world and its people, cultures, societies, relationships, language, and belief systems. Still others are interested in how we construct governing bodies, how the mind works, how we interact in society, and how we express ourselves and create meaning. Some skills and attributes related to majors and careers in this pathway include the following: global  awareness, communication, critical thinking and reasoning skills, empathy, compassion, a desire to learn new concepts and theories, ability and desire to be a part of a team and open-mindedness. Students who choose this pathway are often interested in how many different disciplines work together to help paint a broad picture of the world in which we live, and they use this broad understanding of the world in order to solve problems, analyze situations, data, and texts, and communicate clearly within the global marketplace. 

Program Delivery:

  • Students may take advantage of the wide variety of daytime, evening, weekend, hybrid, and online courses at Purdue Fort Wayne. See an advisor for more information.

Declaring This Major:

  • Students may declare this pathway by visiting the Student Advising and Advocacy Center and meeting with an advisor.

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

Humanities and Social & Behavioral Science Pathway 1-Yr Plan:  

Academic planning is essential!

Academic advisors help  ensure that the classes you choose to take align with placement test results, interests, previously earned credits and requirements for the general education and any majors you may be  considering. Students should meet with their advisor at least once per semester.

Suggested Courses:  Credits 31

  • Gen Ed A1 - Written Communication - ENGL 13100 or GA1
  • Gen Ed A2 - Speaking and Listening - COM 11400 or GA2
  • Gen Ed B4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing - GB4  
  • Gen Ed B5 - Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing - PSY 12000, SOC 16101 or GB5
  • Gen Ed B6 - Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing - PHIL 11000/11100 or GB6
  • Gen Ed B7 - Interdisciplinary of Creative Ways of Knowing - GB7
  • IDIS 11000 - Freshman Success Course
  • Pathway Courses - 12 credit hours
    • ANTH 10501, HIST 10501/10601, CRIM 10100, HSRV 10000, POL 10300, WOST 21000, a Language Sequence, or any other courses recommended by your academic advisor
    • Pathway courses assist students in choosing a major
    • Students interested in teaching should consider EDU 20000, ask advisor for details.

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