Self and Society

Self and Society

Operational Definition

Social/behavioral science methods, theories, principles, and application should make up at least 80% of the course content of Self and Society courses.

Hallmark of a Bulldog

Ferris graduates actively engage in their society and recognize how they are shaped by the society and place in which they live.  


Natural environments, social systems, and interpersonal relationships influence how people think, behave, and interact with others.  An appreciation of these influences is essential for effectively participating in and changing society.

Ferris Learning Outcomes

The observable activities or abilities that will be evaluated as evidence of student learning for this Core Competency are described below. The icons to the left of each outcome are linked to holistic scoring rubrics. A complete matrix of all 40 scoring rubrics is available on this page.

SOC1 rubric

 SOC1: Individuals – Students critically analyze the effects of various social contexts on the behavior of individuals.

SOC2 rubric

SOC2: Organizations – Students identify the nature and values of organizations and evaluate the influence of those values on how the organizations affects social problem solving or policymaking.

SOC3 rubric

SOC3: Influences – Students assess the potential impact of political, economic, and social policy decisions on individuals and society.

SOC4 rubric

SOC4: Civic engagement – Students actively active participate in assisting an off-campus community organization in the achievement of its goals.