Behavioral Science

 
B.A. Major

A behavioral science degree explores human behavior and social interaction. Behavioral science is the scientific study of society and social relationships through observation and multiple scientific methods. While behavioral science majors traditionally apply their skills in social work, counseling and human services, there is also a high demand for the same skills in other career fields like business and criminal justice.

At Concordia, you will study a combination of sociology, psychology and other social sciences to examine complex problems of human interaction and behavior. With this degree, you will gain skills that can be applied in many professions that require an understanding of people and their interactions from individual, group and societal levels.

Financial Aid

100%
of students receive financial assistance.

Behavioral Science Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Social Service Specialist
  • Police Officer

Graduate Schools

  • Adelphi University
  • Baker College Center for Graduate Studies
  • Duquesne University
  • Florida International University

Behavioral Science Faculty

Behavioral Science Student and Alumni Reviews

Concordia University is focused on providing an exceptional experience and we ask our students to provide feedback on all aspects of their student experience. The ratings and comments below are from our annual survey of all graduating seniors regarding their experience in the Behavioral Science program, the academic department and the university.

 
 

Be Prepared

Behavioral science students often participate in internships, which is just one of the ways Concordia helps prepare you for your chosen career. Whether you want to become a counselor, social worker, researcher, or law enforcement officer, you will receive the hands-on training you need to be successful.

Circle K
Circle K

Circle K International is the world’s largest collegiate-level service organization. The Circle K Club at Concordia provides you with the opportunity to participate in organized volunteer activities providing needed service to individuals, families, and the community.

Study Abroad
Study Abroad

Students at Concordia are encouraged to consider a study abroad experience. Spend an entire year or a semester overseas through exchange programs in places like England, Italy and China. There are also shorter, for-credit trips across the country and around the world available for you to broaden your horizons!

Present Your Findings
Present Your Findings

Each spring, Concordia hosts the Concordia University Research Symposium. The symposium gives you the opportunity to present your personal research or project in either oral or poster presentation format. Gain real-world presentation experience and network with professionals in your field.

Behavioral Science Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

  •  
    Soc 101 Introduction to Sociology
    3
    Systematic analysis of culture, society, socialization, social control, social processes, and social institutions.
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    FN 101 Financial Literacy
    1
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    Gen Ed 12 Credit Hours
    12

Semester 2

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    Psy 101 Introduction to Psychology
    3
    The course is a survey of psychology as a natural science and a social science. As a study of human behavior and the mind, the course examines current sub-areas of psychology with attention to neurology, the environment, situation and experience, and the self. Throughout the content, the course also considers how presuppositions in philosophy and theology intersect, integrate, and conflict with views on the human condition.
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    Gen Ed 13 Credit Hours
    13

Semester 3

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    Soc 201 Cultural Anthropology
    3
    A survey of cultural anthropology with emphasis on culture, cultural diversity, social structure, social system components, language and communication, socio-linguistics, social control, and cultural change.
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    Math 122 Introduction to Statistics
    3
    The fundamentals of elementary statistics, data collection and analysis, probability, distributions, sampling, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.
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    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 4

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    Soc/CJ 321 Criminology
    3
    This course examines the theories, causes and different responses to crime. It examines crime in the U.S. and other countries from juvenile to adult crime and differences between males and females in addition to what is even considered crime.
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    Soc 221 Social Problems
    3
    Examines major social issues in America society, problems of the young and the elderly, alienation, deviant behavior, ecological problems, bureaucratic structure vis-à-vis individual freedom, and social disorganization.
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    SW 201 Introduction to Social Work
    3
    An orientation to the field and profession of social work, with emphasis on the role of the social workers. Historical and theoretical perspectives are examined, along with current trends and issues facing the profession.
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    Gen Ed 7 Credit Hours
    7

Semester 5

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    Soc 306 Introduction to Psychological and Social Research
    3
    This course is an introduction to the philosophy, values, methodology, and objectives of psychological and social research. The main objective of this course is for the student to successfully complete a viable research proposal. Considerable emphasis is given to the following: use of the scientific method in social research; selection of a research problem; review of related literature and theories; structure of a research proposal; descriptive methods; instrument development; experimental methods; and applied research.
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    Soc 331 The Family
    3
    The family as a basic social institution with special references to changing family structure and function. Special attention is given to changing social roles of family members and their impact upon other institutions such as the school and the church. Sem. I only.
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    CTA 203 Communication Theory
    3
    Course features an overview of communication theory from the classical tradition to current theoretical approaches in human communication. In addition, the course will offer in-depth study in one of the following areas: instructional communication, organizational communication, mass communication theory, interpersonal communication and rhetorical theory. Special topics will be announced by the instructor prior to registration in accord with the instructor’s special interests and in consultation with prospective registrants. Location, analysis and application of research is a focus of the course
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    Psy 221 Lifespan Development
    3
    This course will address the entire range of the human life chronologically from the moment of conception through death focusing on the physical, cognitive, social and personality development of each chronological period. Basic theories, research findings, and practical applications will be discussed.
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    Gen Ed 3 Credit Hours
    3

Semester 6

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    Soc 361 Social Theory
    3
    An intensive examination of selected major social theories and theorists and an introduction to the fundamentals of theory building and the evaluation of theories in the social sciences.
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    Soc 345 Social Psychology
    3
    Social influences on the social and psychological development of the individual; the interaction process, role relationships, development of beliefs and attitudes, dynamics of social groups.
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    Soc 322 Criminal Justice
    3
    This is an introductory class to the study of criminal justice. Students will be introduced to the history of the American Criminal Justice system and its primary components: law enforcement, courts, corrections, police work, types of crime and responses to crime.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 7

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    Psy 211 Child Development and Psychology
    2
    An in-depth study of factors influencing the development and behavior of children from conception through adolescence.
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    Psy 212 Child Development and Psychology: Young Children
    1
    An intense study of the preschool–age child in twelve key areas of development. Involves weekly observations of a preschool child in a childcare setting. Thirteen hours of field experience required.
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    Psy 451 Personality Theory
    3
    A study of the dynamic organizations within the human organism of those psychophysical systems that determine the individual’s unique adjustments to his/her environment. Empirical and speculatory viewpoints are studied with careful differentiation between surface and depth factors. A variety of personality theories are explored for direct applicability to the work of teacher, counselor and enabler.
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    Soc 481 Internship in Sociology
    3
    The internship in sociology is a planned and supervised educational experience which integrates the knowledge and theory of sociology gained through course work with field experience. Students observe professionals in the field and participate as determined between the supervisor of that organization and the student. Students must contact the Office of Career Services to obtain the undergraduate internship/practicum packet and complete the required process.
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    Elective Behavioral Science elective
    3
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    Gen Ed 3 Credit Hours
    3

Semester 8

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    Soc 361 Social Theory
    3
    An intensive examination of selected major social theories and theorists and an introduction to the fundamentals of theory building and the evaluation of theories in the social sciences.
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    Psy 445 Abnormal Psychology
    3
    Reviews theories and methods which underlie the classification and study of as well as responses to abnormal behavior.
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    Psy 442 Introduction to Counseling
    3
    This introductory course is designed to assist the student to 1) reflect upon attitudes as a helping person 2) increase ability to use a problem management model 3) acquire the various skills that undergird an effort to effectively listen and respond to another person and 4) develop a personal philosophy of helping.
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    FN 400 Financial Literacy
    1
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    Elective Sociology Elective
    6