Behavioral Science Department
Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology
A major in Behavioral Science prepares students for work in social and human services, business, government, mental health fields - in any area, in fact, where knowledge of people in the context of their societies is helpful. The skill and knowledge gained through study in this field provide students with a solid background to enter the work force or to begin graduate study. Students who wish to pursue a career as a professional anthropologist, psychologist, or sociologist will require an advanced degree.
- Sociology/Behavioral Science -This major provides students with an understanding of culture and society, experience with social science research methods, and the skills and knowledge to navigate a global society and social system structures. View the curriculum.
- Psychology - This major engages students in scientific study of the origins, systems and applications of thought and behavior. Students explore the biological foundations of behavior and the role of experience in shaping unique characteristics of individuals and groups.
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Both majors prepare students for a variety of career opportunities with coordinated courses, research, and application in three related fields: Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology.
- Anthropology/Sociology - This minor prepares students to better understand culture and society. Through solid coursework, students learn to analyze how humans organize social structures and what that means for the emergence of new cultural characteristics. Being able to make sense of diverse populations is an essential skill for the employee in the age of globalization. Understanding human practices prepares students to take effective leadership in a variety of professional fields or graduate programs. View the curriculum.
- Psychology - This minor is a strong supplement to other curricula in the helping professions or any major that would benefit from greater understanding of the biological and social bases of behavior. Students will gain insight into how psychological principles can be applied to human interaction and multiple aspects of everyday life.
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Master of Science in Counseling: Studies include training in therapeutic support to individuals and families in a variety of settings and coursework that leads to licensure as a professional counselor.
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Certificate in Peacebuilding: Through this certificate program, students learn the basic skills of how to understand a conflict situation and develop an appropriate strategy that takes into account the values, beliefs, and goals of those involved. See the curriculum.