Seven-Course Breadth: Social and Behavioral Sciences

What is Social and Behavioral Sciences Breadth?

The Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement provides students with the tools they need to analyze the determinants of human behavior, the dynamics of social interaction among human beings, and the complex political, economic, social, cultural, and psychological factors at play in contemporary life. Courses meeting this requirement include courses in development studies, economics, political economy, history, legal studies, political science, sociology, social welfare, and many courses in anthropology, linguistics and psychology.

Course Options at Berkeley to Fulfill Social and Behavioral Sciences Breadth

Below are the current lists of Berkeley course options that are approved to fulfill Social and Behavioral Sciences. Please review the list that inculdes the term you plan to complete this breadth requirement. 

Eligible Courses for Social and Behavioral Sciences Breadth for Spring and Summer 2018. To find out which courses are offered, use the Class Schedule. *Please note NUSCTX 104 has been removed from the eligible course list. Only the AC version (NUSCTX 104AC) may be used for Social and Behavioral Sciences breaddth.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Course Options for fall 2017

Social and Behavioral Sciences Course Options for fall 2016, spring 2017 and summer 2017*

Breadth courses approved for Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF) participants are listed on the FPF website.

*Please note that prior to spring 2017 the following departments had blanket approval for most of their courses for Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth: Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy, History, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Media Studies, Political Economy, Political Science, Social Welfare, and Sociology. Beginning in spring 2017, these departments NO LONGER have blanket approvalBe sure to review the Social and Behavioral Sciences Course Options lists to confirm completion of this breadth area.


 LOOKING FOR A SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES BREADTH LIST PRIOR TO FALL 2016? Please review the main page for Seven-Course Breadth.