Bachelors (BA) in Social and Behavioral Studies

Overview

The social and behavioral studies major offers a 36-semester-hour course of study that is designed to enable graduates to apply knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences to work in human services.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the stages of human development
  • Understand family and group systems
  • Assess individuals and groups in your field of service
  • Identify issues in delivering services to special populations
  • Identify differences in people and cultures
  • Consider ethical issues in human services
  • Speak and write more effectively

Course Requirements

Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

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Major Requirements

Complete the following:

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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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