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Program Intro

The Behavioral Sciences major is a multidisciplinary program that includes studies in sociology, psychology and anthropology. You’ll gain a diverse skill set suited for career goals in public/social services and academics.

Department of Behavioral Sciences

  • This degree provides you with an understanding of multiple perspectives on human behavior, culture, and society.
  • A degree in behavioral sciences provides a strong foundation for employment as well as graduate work.

Curriculum Overview

You’ll take a balance of general education courses, College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences core courses and behavioral sciences courses.

Begin the program with a first-year experience course as well as introductory psychology and sociology classes in your first year.

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Sample Courses

  • BHS 10300 – First-Year Experience in Behavioral Science
  • PSY 12000 – Elementary Psychology
  • SOC 10000 – Introductory Sociology

Complete introductory anthropology and human development courses as well as sociology and psychology electives.

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Sample Courses

  • ANTH 10000 – Introduction to Anthropology
  • HDFS – Introduction to Human Development

In your third year, you’ll take courses in statistics for sociology, research methods and a sociology elective.

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Sample Courses

  • SOC 38200 Introduction to Statistics in Sociology
  • SOC 38300 Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology

As you wrap up your degree, you’ll complete any remaining electives in anthropology, psychology, sociology or the department of Human Development and Family Studies.

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Sample Courses

  • ANTH or HDFS Elective – 30000-level or above
  • ANTH, HDFS, PSY, or SOC Elective – 30000-level or above

Program Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation


Our curriculum provides a wide range of choices of courses while ensuring that your coursework covers essential behavioral and social science skills.

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As a Behavioral Science graduate, you’ll acquire written and verbal communication, critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving and research skills.

Career Paths

You’ll be prepared for careers in:

  • Crime Analyst
  • Grant Writer
  • Registered Behavior Technician


Our graduates are employed in a number of fields, including:

  • Governmental and private social service agencies
  • Education and teaching
  • Criminal justice or related organizations

Beyond the Classroom

Behavioral sciences students are encouraged to participate in:

  • Internship opportunities
  • Research with faculty
  • Student employment opportunities

Meet the Faculty

Christabel Rogalin

Christabel L. Rogalin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology

Christabel Rogalin is an associate professor of sociology in the department of behavioral sciences. She is the discipline coordinator for anthropology and sociology on the Westville campus.


Hubert Izienicki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology

Hubert Izienicki is an assistant professor of sociology in the department of behavioral sciences. His research and teaching focuses on human sexuality, gender and immigration.

Kim Scipes

Kim Scipes, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Kim Scipes is a global labor scholar, and has been studying labor organizations in the US and around the world since 1983. He focuses particularly on building global labor solidarity and inter-racial solidarity, and is a major scholar on labor imperialism.

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