Social Sciences Course Highlights

This page highlights a select number of courses offered in the upcoming semester that may be of special interest.  Click the topic below to reveal a list of courses and special descriptions.

Who holds power in the U.S. and world?  How did they get and use their power?  How do power dynamics affect major societal institutions, such as government, businesses, schools, universities, and philanthropic organizations?  How does this relate to key societal values, like justice, equity, and liberty?  These are the types of questions we explore in Political Science courses.  A few that might consider taking in the upcoming semester are described below.

What can the past tell us about where we are today and where we may be tomorrow?  How do you obtain an accurate understanding of the past?  What do we know about the major causes of societal change over time?  How and why have institutions changed, and how does that affect us?  How does considering the context of time and place help us understand complex social phenomena?  These are the types of questions you can begin to answer through History courses.  Highlighted courses for the upcoming semester include 

How are humans affected by physical space?  How do they affect it?  How does the physical landscape constrain or enable behavior that benefits society?  How are social problems spatially organized? How is our physical environment changing?  Geography integrates concepts and perspectives of multiple disciplines to answer these types of questions.  It helps us better understand the interactive relationship between people and place.  Consider the following courses for the upcoming semester:

Economics examines fundamental questions regarding how society allocates scarce resources.  It helps you understand the motivations and behavior of individuals, firms, industries, and countries as they seek to maximize their well-being.  By studying economics, you can better understand how markets function, or do not, and how the economy and economic thinking affect countless aspects of society.

Some of the economics courses you might consider for the upcoming semester include the following:

Metro Detroit epitomizes the successes and failures of urbanization in America.  Living here brings you face-to-face with the challenges emerging from our historical development patterns, but so many of urbanization's effects remain unnoticed or difficult to comprehend.  Urban and Regional Studies courses enable students to take a step back and explore broad questions about how urbanization has affected and is affected by geography, politics, culture, economics, and other key forces.  The program integrates approaches from multiple disciplines--economics, history, geography, political science, sociology, and anthropology, to name a few--to give you a broad perspective on the dynamics and outcomes of urbanization.  You'll learn of the fundamental links between urbanization and critical issue, such as poverty, race relations, equity, economic growth, innovation, art, and mobility. 

For the upcoming, we encourage you to consider the following course:

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