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Social & Behavioral Science LEAP

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Did you know that 20% of the students who graduate from the University of Utah receive a degree in a major from the College of Social & Behavioral Science? Working jointly with the College of Social & Behavioral Science, the LEAP Program has created SBS-LEAP, A two course experience, specifically focused on helping you determine the social science major for you.  


This fall semester course focuses on how the multiple disciplines in the social sciences attempt to explain human behavior and understand the complexities of human societies. During the second half of the semester students, working in teams, will apply their knowledge of one of the social science disciplines in order to explain, understand and interpret a social problem of importance in society today. As part of the team project, students will learn how to research, work in teams and present their research findings in a conference-like setting.

In the second semester of Social & Behavioral Science LEAP the focus is on broadening our understanding of the diversity of experience in America. We examine literature that offers a variety of contemporary perspectives on equality, race, and opportunity in America. The variety of perspectives allows this course to fulfill the University’s Diversity requirement.

  1. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (2016)
  2. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (1999)
  3. There’s No Jose Here by Gabriel Thompson (2007)

All the course readings can be accessed on Canvas under “Files,” or through the web link provided on the syllabus. 

General Education Credits

  • Fall Semester Social & Behavioral Sciences (BF) 
  • Spring Humanities (HF) and the University Diversity Requirement (DV.) 
  • These classes will also fulfill allied hours for your major in the College of Social & Behavioral Science.



 Social and Behavioral Science SPRING 2020

Class # Subject Cat #  Sec Days/Time
7716 LEAP  1100 005 TuTh / 09:10AM-10:30AM
8981 LEAP 1100 006 MoWeFr / 9:40AM-10:30PM



Follow the link for more information on majors in the College of Social and Behavioral Science



Last Updated: 9/26/19