Institutional and Cultural Systems (S)

Courses bearing the Institutional and Cultural Systems (S) designation focus on human society and its attempts to attain goals valued collectively. Special emphasis is placed on developing a better and more critical understanding of the institutions and cultural systems that play an increasingly significant role in contemporary life.


  • To explore different ways of defining society, including learning to recognize various types of social phenomena and distinguishing types of social organization.
  • To examine different types of social goals, their sources, and the institutions and processes that implement them.
  • To understand, apply, and integrate analytical perspectives from diverse fields of inquiry in the analysis of society and social institutions.

Transferrable Skill:

Students can understand, evaluate, and produce claims about institutional systems, both formal and informal, generated by analysis of those systems, using statistical work on qualitative or quantitative data or comparative analysis.