Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers major concentrations in the disciplines of criminal justice, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology, and minor concentrations in criminal justice, gerontology, political science, psychology, and sociology. In addition to the offerings for students whose major or minor interest is in the social sciences, the department provides general education courses and service to other departments (e.g., communications, secondary education, and health and recreation).
The department offers programs leading to the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Political Science (Public Administration), Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology; Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology. All majors in the department must fulfill the stipulated General Education Requirements and the specific requirements of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as any special requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees.
Dr. Edison Perdomo
Charles H. Wesley Arts & Science Building
Professor: Dr. Greta Winbush
Associate Professors: Dr. Omesh Johar, Dr. Edison Perdomo, Dr. Jonathan Trauth
Assistant Professors: Dr. Bradley Buckmeier, Ms. Brittany Brake, Dr. Allison Fernandez, Dr. Virginia Redman, Dr. Genevieve Ritchie-Ewing, Dr. Adam Veitch, Dr. Timbre Wulf
The Criminal Justice major provides an overview of the criminal justice system, the causes of crime, and issues relating to social control. The program is structured around a core of criminal justice courses that include topics in law enforcement, the judicial process, and the correctional system.
The Political Science program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Public Administration).
The psychology program is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of the field of psychology. In addition to ensuring the development of professional skills, the program prepares students for graduate study in psychology or employment in the fields of mental health, social services, criminal justice, gerontology, education, and related areas.
What is your passion? Is social work the right fit for you? Social work is a profession for those with enthusiasm for helping others and addressing societal problems. Most social workers enter the profession because they want to help improve the well-being of people and society. It is an ideal career choice for those who care about social justice, human dignity, and working with diverse populations.
Sociology is the study of how society affects human behavior. Sociologists investigate the social causes and consequences of human behavior from political protests to the role of race in health care.