The Behavioral and Social Sciences

Vision Statement

The Behavioral Sciences cover the range of human experience, action, and processes from the individual to the global level. Behavioral Sciences are Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology. The Social Sciences are Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Government, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. The Social Sciences focus on the larger operations of groups and social institutions, the cultural and physical environments of human societies, and human experiences through time and place.

Mission Statement

The Behavioral Sciences integrate all the human sciences. These sciences explore the
interrelationships of the individual, the group and community, social institutions, human biology and psychology, the social and physical environments, and human existence through time and location. Our mission is to provide the advanced skills, knowledge, and experiences needed by entry-level professionals in social work and human services, as well as to prepare our graduates to be able to pursue advanced
degrees in the behavioral sciences.

Program Description

The Associate's of Arts in Human Services is a 60 credit (2 year) degree concentrating on social services and applied community based work. It prepares graduates for professional work in supervised mental health settings, and for the full MHRT-C certificate.

The Behavioral Sciences baccalaureate is a 120 credit (4 year) degree that is an integration of anthropology, psychology and sociology. This major is designed for those interested in professional careers or graduate studies in anthropology, psychology, sociology or social work.

The Social Sciences baccalaureate is a 120 credit (4 year) degree that is an integration of anthropology, economics, geography, government, psychology, political science, and sociology. This major is designed for those interested in professional careers in civil service, public service, secondary social studies education, or the law.

Major Goals for Human Services, Behavioral Sciences and Social Sciences

  1. Students will develop the capacity for critical reasoning; and become skilled at critically evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing through research and writing, using multiple sources of information about the human experience. Students will use critical reasoning to recognize assumptions underlying arguments; to construct valid arguments, and to create solutions to problems.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge competence in the disciplines of behavioral and social sciences through understanding of the historical development of the fields within behavioral and social sciences, and through mastery of theories, phenomena and concepts, research methodologies, and applications.
  3. Students will demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills. Students will identify and solve quantitative problems in behavioral and social sciences, manage data, recognize and work with relationships among variables, and develop calculation skills appropriate to the behavioral and social sciences.
  4. Students will apply knowledge competency through applying theory to explain phenomena and to analyze case studies; to apply research methodologies to problem solving and to the further development of critical reasoning.
  5. Students will demonstrate awareness of social, cultural, and physical variability.
  6. Students will demonstrate effective oral, written, and technological communication in the human sciences and in their professional careers.