College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Social & Behavioral Sciences

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

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The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is committed to providing an educational experience based on recognized academic and professional standards of excellence. The Department provides students with knowledge that integrates theoretical and practical experience, offers students the opportunity to engage in research in their major field, encourages student participation in professional organizations, and prepares students to pass exit and licensure examinations.

Five major programs are offered, Criminal Justice, Political SciencePsychologySocial Work, and Sociology, for which it awards the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees are awarded. Minors are offered in Criminal Justice, Political SciencePsychologySociology and Gerontology.

Students have access to the Social Sciences Computer Lab that is used by professors across the disciplines. This lab supports courses focusing on governmental issues, healthcare, gerontology, mental health, research methods, and social policy.

Dr. Lynn Rigsbee
Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Political Science

Derrick Johnson
Secretary I