Insights gained through the study of contemporary social issues take on a critical significance at a time when the world’s population is increasing rapidly and diverse societies and cultures are coming into closer contact, and in some cases, with intensifying conflict. Questions of class, civil society, gender, public health, justice, and identity continue to be pervasive in societies around the world today. Various methods of inquiry test for connections between the familiar and the exotic, the traditional and the contemporary, and the individual and the group. The general intent of this requirement is to provide an introduction to the social world, meant to serve as a foundation or starting point for further exploration of these topics through electives, major fields of study, and/or minors. We do regard the understanding of human relationships and their consequences to be the center of the Civic Engagement curricula. These courses provide a foundation for both the how and the why of civic engagement.