Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences aims to provide students with the highest quality education by offering programs that focus on building skills in critical thinking and research that have applications for diverse communities. Using the scholar-practitioner model, the School offers a spiritually, SCU culturally and contextually relevant education programs that are designed to appeal to a diverse array of learners.

 The School prepares graduates in their development of a strong commitment to individual and social change through the inquiry, discovery, and utilization of their knowledge and skills to enrich and advance the lives of those around them.

 The academic majors offered are designed to provide preparation for careers in human services, mental health counseling, government, and teaching, as well as preparation for graduate and professional studies.

Psychology (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human behavior and how it impacts daily living for individuals, families and society as a whole. Students will obtain the essential skills and knowledge to apply behavioral science concepts, principles, skills ,and methods in field settings such as nonprofit mental health and social service organizations or local and state government agencies. Upon completion of the program, students may also consider graduate study in counseling, criminology, psychology, social work, sociology or other helping professions.

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Learning Objectives

•Students will identify, analyze and assess major theoretical perspectives in psychology and counseling.
•Students will demonstrate the ability to research through accessing, analyzing and presenting information while developing cognitive, physical and affective skills. Students will further explain why life-long learning is important in the field.
•Students will recognize and articulate how a Christian world-view interrelates with and complements the scientific study of human behavior.
•Students will creatively and effectively apply behavioral science principles, knowledge and skills to promote positive change in their community.


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