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Behavioral Sciences
College of Leadership and Public Service

Behavioral Sciences
The behavioral sciences major is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a strong foundation in psychology and sociology.  A behavioral sciences major prepares students for careers in leadership and service that involve understanding and working with individuals and groups.  General knowledge in these fields is augmented by courses that stress the historical, theoretical and research strategies appropriate for the understanding and application of the behavioral sciences.  Students majoring in the behavioral sciences complete a core program of 21 required credits and select a minimum of 12 elective credits in the behavioral sciences.  A concentration in psychology is also available.

Major
Human Services

PSY 131

General Psychology

3

PSY 202

History of Psychology

3

PSY 237

Developmental Psychology

3

PSY 332

Social Psychology

3

PSY 450 or PSY 460

Internship or Independent Study

3

SOC 152

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC 312

Methods of Social Research

3

HMS/CRJ/PSY/SOC

Electives or Psychology Concentration*

12

 

Total

33

*To be taken from the following disciplines: psychology, sociology, criminal justice and human services and must include at least one of the electives listed below. 

Electives

CRJ 345

Juvenile Justice

CRJ 357

Corrections

HMS 320

Victimology

HMS 330

Child Welfare

SOC 227/427

Introduction to Women’s Studies

SOC 317

Minority Groups

Psychology Concentration

Required Core Courses (above)

21

PSY 337

Adolescent Psychology

3

PSY 443

Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY

Elective

3

CRJ/HMS/SOC

Elective

3

 

Total

33

Minor
Human Services

PSY 131

General Psychology

3

PSY 202

History of Psychology

3

PSY 237

Developmental Psychology

3

SOC 152

Introduction to Sociology

3

CRJ/HMS/SOC

Electives (upper level) *

6

 

Total

18

*To be taken from the following disciplines: psychology, sociology, criminal justice and human services and must include at least one of the electives listed below. 

Electives

CRJ 357

Corrections

HMS 320

Victimology

HMS 330

Child Welfare

SOC 317

Minority Groups

Course Descriptions
Course descriptions for courses in the interdisciplinary behavioral sciences major and minor are listed under the program listings for sociology, psychology, human services and criminal justice.

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