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Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, and Human Services

Sample Classes You Might Take:

  • Marriage and Family in U.S. Society
  • Science of Human Communication
  • Social Inequalities in Health
  • The Social Psychology of Friendships
  • Self and Consciousness
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • Gender, Personality, and Culture
  • Nutrition and Anthropology

"I have wanted to be a counselor of some sort since I was in middle school. I always liked the idea of helping someone else sort through all the thoughts that go through their brain! Already in my psychology classes I have learned many interesting things about the brain and how we think that help me to better understand people on a deeper, inner level. The teachers are always really good at giving real life examples too, so that the concepts are memorable and applicable to the things I go through each day!"

- Kylie Youmans, Psychology and Spanish


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.

At CU-Boulder...

  • 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)
Integrative Physiology
International Affairs
Jewish Studies
Political Science
PreProfessional Health
PreProfessional Law
Religious Studies
Spanish (with emphasis in International Spanish for the Professions)
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Women and Gender Studies

Minor in Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies or Women and Gender Studies

Certificates in Cognitive Science; INVST Community Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies;

School of Education

Teacher Licensure - Elementary
Teacher Licensure - Music (K-12)
Teacher Licensure - Secondary (English, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Russian, Science, Social Studies, Spanish)

Minor in Education

Enrichment Programs

INVST Community Leadership Program
Puksta Scholars