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Behavioral Sciences

This major enables students to gain a general understanding of human behavior along with a significant academic exposure to two selected areas of concentration in behavioral science disciplines. The major serves as pre professional preparation and allows students to gain competence through study of subjects which complement their personal educational goals.

The design for this major allows students to elect either a B.A. or B.S. degree format. Both degrees share common Core Requirements. A unique feature of this major program is the options available to the student in the choice of two areas of emphasis from a group of four. A student’s academic advisor will assist in the evaluation of the respective areas of emphasis, which include Criminal Justice, Human Services, Psychology, and Sociology.

Requirements for the Major in Behavioral Science, B.A. or B.S. degree option:
(48-54 s.h.)

Core (18 s.h. consisting of the following)
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 s.h.
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
CJ 211 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
HS 231 Introduction to Human Services 3 s.h.
SO 204 Social Problems or PY/SO 261 Social Psychology 3 s.h.
SO 270 Social Research Methods or
PY 412 Advanced Research Methods (note prerequisite SO 270 3 s.h.

Degree Option
For a B.A. degree, student must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the
intermediate (202) level.

For a B.S. degree, student must take two (2) of the following courses
CS 218 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications 3 s.h.
PS 201 American Government & Politics 3 s.h.
PS 202 Introduction to Political Science 3 s.h.

Areas of Emphasis (Must complete two areas with a minimum of 12 s.h. in each area)

Criminal Justice
CJ 321 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 331 Criminology 3 s.h.
CJ Electives in Criminal Justice 6 s.h.

Human Services
HS 333 Human Service Skills 3 s.h.
HS 434 Advanced Human Service Skills 3 s.h.
HS Electives 6 s.h.

Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
CJ 341 Women and Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
HS 341 Family Systems 3 s.h.
SO 312 Gender and Society 3 s.h.
Topics Course related to Gender 3 s.h.

Legal Studies
LAW 200 Legal Administration 3 s.h.
LAW 210 Legal Research and Writing 3 s.h.
LAW 300 Law of Torts 3 s.h.
LAW 400 Law of Contracts 3 s.h.

Psychology
PY 311 Abnormal Psychology 3 s.h.
PY 321 Theories of Personality 3 s.h.
PY Upper-Division Electives 6 s.h.

Sociology
SO 301 Racial Ethnicity 3 s.h.
SO 321 Social Movements and Change 3 s.h.
SO Electives (at least 3 hours of which must be upper division) 6 s.h.

Requirements for a minor in Legal Studies
CJ 211 Interoduction to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 441 Trial Practice and Evidence 3 s.h.
LAW 200 Legal Administration 3 s.h.
LAW 210 Legal Research and Writing 3 s.h.
LAW 300 Law of Torts 3 s.h.
LAW 400 Law of Contracts 3 s.h.