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Social and Behavioral Sciences Department

If you are curious about what makes people "tick" or if you want to understand why things are the way they are, then the social sciences are for you!


The Social and Behavioral Sciences (S&BS) Department offers coursework in the following disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Human Services
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

What are The Social Sciences?


There are a number of different disciplines that fall within the social sciences. Some are general and address broad questions about human social life. Others target only certain dimensions of the human experience.


Anthropology studies the wide variety of values, beliefs, kinship relationships, religions, and governance structures in cultures as they have evolved over time, helping us to understand similarities and differences in the human experience.


The mission of the Human Services Program is to prepare competent entry-level professionals for employment in the helping professions and/or transfer to baccalaureate programs in Human Services or related fields. The program provides students with theory and practice in general human services and selected specialty areas.

Psychology
looks at the causes of individual human behavior, helping us to understand why we behave as we do by studying the brain, learning, memory, thinking, and change through the lifespan.


Social Work examines how planned change activites can impact individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and societies to improve social functioning.

Sociology looks at human behavior, focusing on how people are influenced by other people and by the social systems that we create.