Social and Behavioral Studies (MSBS) Courses

Social and Behavioral Studies

MSBS 407 Christian Faith and Thought
3 hours. The class focuses on how faith influences one's worldview, the influence of Christianity upon society, and how the Christian faith relates to helping people.
Prerequisite: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics.

MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics
3 hours. Course content focuses on family/group behavior and how group functioning affects the health and success of the unit and its members. Emphasis is placed on effective decision making, managing and resolving group conflict, and developing interpersonal relationship abilities including choice and change skills. Presents family/group dynamics and leadership from a systems perspective.

MSBS 424 Research Methods and Statistics
3 hours. An introduction to the basic methods of qualitative and quantitative research. Focus is on the basic concepts of scientific inquiry as applied to social services.
Prerequisite: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics.

MSBS 426 Life Span Development
3 hours. Human growth and development across the life span is explored through psychology, physiology, and sociology. Special attention is given to personality, motivation, learning styles, and cultural diversity, as well as to the effects of stress, diet, disease, lifestyles, childbirth, and environmental conditions.
Prerequisite: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics.

MSBS 427 Abnormal Psychology
3 hours. Introduction to the types, nature, and causes of major behavioral disorders. Provides insight into behaviors that can have an impact on relationships.
Prerequisites: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics, MSBS 426 Life Span Development.

MSBS 428 Interpersonal Communication
3 hours. This course investigates the role communication plays in creating healthy group relationships. Emphasis is placed on intentional interviewing strategies, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening, constructive feedback, and assertiveness in communication.
Prerequisite: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics.

MSBS 429 Assessment and Referral
3 hours. This course covers the past, present, and future roles of human service related professions. Provides an overview of behavioral analysis and its implementation by direct service providers.
Prerequisite: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics.

MSBS 430 Grant Proposal Writing
3 hours. Students will learn how to identify sources of funding and write grants for nonprofit organizations. Attention is also given to the processes of program design and evaluation.
Prerequisite: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics.

MSBS 431 Contemporary Social Dynamics and Public Policy
3 hours. An exploration of behaviors, values, and attitudes in personal and social relationships as they affect the development of public policy.
Prerequisite: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics.

MSBS 432 Personal and Professional Ethics
3 hours. An exploration of the place human values have in one's personal and professional life. Students will examine and develop systems for making ethical decisions.
Prerequisite: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics.

MSBS 433 Addiction Disorders: Assessment and Treatment
3 hours. This course provides an overview of screening, intake, and assessment. It includes recognizing physical health problems, psychological effects, social effects, making recommendations about addiction education, outpatient and inpatient treatment. Topics include, but are not limited to, drug, gambling, and sexual addictions.
Prerequisite: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics, MSBS 427 Abnormal Psychology.

MSBS 444 Social and Behavioral Studies Applied Research
3 hours. This course builds on the Research and Statistics course (MSBS 424). Students will further explore statistical procedures (with specific emphases upon inferential statistics), the Literature Review, and single-subject research designs.
Prerequisite: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics, MSBS 424 Research Methods and Statistics.

MSBS 475 Practicum
1-3 hours. (Optional - by arrangement with the Adult Degree Program) Active internship in the social services field in which the student is employed or seeks employment.
Prerequisite: MSBS 421 Group and Family Dynamics.

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