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 spiritually, SCU culturally, and contextually relevant education programs that are designed to appeal to a diverse array of learners.

 The School prepares graduates for the 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. 

Human Services (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree provides students with a foundational knowledge of the history, theories, science, and practice of human services. The curriculum draws from the fields of psychology, sociology, and social work. Students are prepared through their degrees to enter generalist practice positions in private and state agencies that serve a variety of populations.

Upon completion of the Psychology or Human Services programs, 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 worldview 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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Degree Plan Sheets

 Bachelor of Science in Human Services

 Bachelor of Science in Psychology