This Mode of Inquiry examines the diverse ways that human societies are organized as well as the complexity of the human experience across history. Courses designated as Social and Historical Inquiry will include exposure to the variety of methodologies and theories (empirical, interpretive, humanist, narrative) designed to investigate human interaction across time and space. Students will consider social, political, economic, and other cultural influences on human interactions with attention to language and structures of power and privilege, especially as manifested through race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, and ability.