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Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, and Human Services
What makes people tick? Since the Greeks first started asking that question, we’ve made a lot of progress in understanding human psychology and behavior. But our understanding – just as with the life of an individual person – keeps expanding. You can contribute to that expansion. And you can make a difference in the lives of people with a degree in the social or behavioral sciences.
Students get hands-on experience conducting research in partnership with outstanding faculty and explore academic interests beyond the classroom through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). UROP funds undergraduate research, scholarly and creative work with a variety of grants.
The Program for Writing and Rhetoric's Writing Initiative for Service and Engagement (WISE) Project is one of the only writing programs in the nation to integrate service-learning throughout its lower- and upper- division courses. Students learn how to write grants and produce other writing projects to help local nonprofits.
The Chancellor's Leadership Studies Program (CLSP) is a Residential Academic Program housed in Williams Village. The program provides students with an academic knowledge of leadership, a set of leadership skills and competencies, and serve as a laboratory for experimentation in a range of leadership situations. They are excellent preparation for students interested in careers with community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, education, public office, advocacy groups, and grass roots organizing.
CU-Boulder partnered with the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, N.M., to bring to campus a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance scanner that significantly enhances the neuroimaging capabilities on campus. The partnership, called the Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium, is designed to bring researchers together to cooperatively use the new system to investigate how the brain works and how it influences our behavior.
The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, one of several research programs of the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU-Boulder, assists groups committed to understanding and preventing violence.
Programs and Majors
College of Arts and Sciences
Environmental Studies (with emphasis in Society & Policy)
Ethnic Studies (five areas of concentration: Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, and Comparative Ethnic Studies)
Geography (with emphasis in human geography)
Spanish (with emphasis in International Spanish for the Professions)
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Women and Gender Studies