The Department of Behavioral Sciences provides instruction at the undergraduate level in family studies, psychology, and sports psychology. In addition, The Department offers a graduate degree in counseling and family life education.
As students grow spiritually, emotionally and intellectually, we strive to:
- Prepare students for employment, working with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations of diverse social and cultural backgrounds;
- Equip students for lifelong learning, including preparation for graduate programs in counseling, family studies, marital and family therapy and psychology;
- Empower and encourage students to provide community service with populations at risk through the high ideals of the profession and the equally high values of the University.
Graduates of the Department of Behavioral Sciences will be able to:
- Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional practice;
- Practice within the values and ethics of the helping profession and its current structures and issues;
- Apply the knowledge and skills of the behavioral sciences practice with the systems of all sizes;
- Apply knowledge of variables that affect individual development and behavior, and use the theoretical frameworks to understand the interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations and communities;
- Evaluate research studies and apply findings to practice, and under supervision, to evaluate their own practice interventions and those of other relevant systems;
- Use communication skills differentially with a variety of client populations, colleagues and members of the community;
- Use supervision appropriate to professional practice;
- Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, and under supervision, seek necessary organizational change;
- Actively participate in community service.