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Behavioral Science B.A.  

Major  
120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate1
 

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. A behavioral science degree explores human behavior and social interaction, which is a crucial part of many different jobs and can help you further your career no matter what field you ultimately decide to pursue.

With a degree in behavioral science, you might choose one of two paths after graduation: neural decision science or social communication science. Neural decision science includes cognitive theory, social psychology, management science and other studies that determine how the brain works. The social communication discipline includes organizational behavior, anthropology and studies of social networks; basically, the study of how humans interact with each other. Whatever type of behavioral science you’re interested in, Concordia University, Nebraska can help give you the knowledge and skills you need to find a career after graduation or continue on in graduate or professional school to further hone your expertise in the field of behavioral science.

In Concordia’s behavioral science program, 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.

17:1
Student-to-faculty ratio

98%
Faculty with terminal degree

Core Concepts

The behavioral science program at Concordia University, Nebraska seeks to teach students to understand human behavior and relationships through critical thinking, research and experiential learning. Our students will serve and inspire others and fulfill God’s call to live lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.

Concordia NebraskaBehavioral Science: Learning Objectives

Students studying behavioral science at Concordia University, Nebraska will learn to identify and analyze social justice issues, as well as brainstorming and implementing solutions to such problems as they arise in their career.

Students will learn to live out a life of servant leadership and put their faith into action, enriching the lives of those around them and working to build a more just and caring world.​​​​

Students will gain practical written and oral skills, analytic reasoning and critical thinking to help them conduct interdisciplinary research that integrates the behavioral science discipline to help them learn new perspectives and a comprehensive understanding of the field.

Dr. Kathy Miller - Sociology

Dr. Thaddeus Warren - Human and Social Sciences

Concordia NebraskaBehavioral Science: Program Goals

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Students will understand the field of behavioral science as a whole, finding vocational direction and learning to serve society and people.

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Students will discover and employ proper ethical boundaries in their behavioral science career.

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Students will be able to put a personal face to social problems and social issues in our society.

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Students will have opportunities to serve and learn in local, national and global behavioral science organizations so that they can learn skills from the field as it applies to everyday life.

Concordia Nebraska Behavioral Science: Career Outcomes

Human Resource Specialist

Human resource specialists are in charge of employee relations, educational job training and handling compensation and benefits for employees. As a human resource specialist, you would use your behavioral science degree to identify and fill employment positions, conduct new employee orientation and work with current employees to help them understand their benefits and also handle disputes between employees or between an employee and the company you work for.

5% Annual Growth Rate2
$36,270 Entry-Level Salary2
$60,880 Mid-Level Salary2
$104,390 Late-Level Salary2

Social Service Specialist

Social service specialists plan and coordinate activities for community outreach programs, government agencies or healthcare facilities. As a social service specialist, you might use your behavioral science degree to help provide physical and psycho-social care to individuals with developmental disabilities or organize community youth activities such as drug prevention programs. Many family services programs depend on social service specialists to help children, the elderly or those with mental and physical disabilities become more self-sufficient.

13.2% Annual Growth Rate2
$25,530 Entry-Level Salary2
$41,570 Mid-Level Salary2
$70,130 Late-Level Salary2

Social Worker

Social workers are mental health professionals that help people with a broad range of issues, whether they be psychological, financial, health-related or substance abuse-related. If you choose to become a social worker, you would likely specialize in one particular area. As a social worker, you might work in a school, hospital or mental health clinic, or you might choose to work for a nonprofit organization or government entity. As a social worker, you would use your background in behavioral science to utilize social theories to understand human problems, help improve people’s lives and improve society as a whole. 

6.5% Annual Growth Rate2
$48,580 Entry-Level Salary2
$79,370 Mid-Level Salary2
$123,230 Late-Level Salary2

Concordia NebraskaBehavioral Science: Related Programs

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Psychology

The bachelor’s degree in psychology at Concordia is ideal for students seeking a strong theoretical foundation in the field of psychology. Offering a diverse psychology curriculum, Concordia Nebraska’s psychology professors use approaches that range from the scientific to philosophical and the experimental to the theoretical.

Discover the Psychology Program

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Pre-Social Work

Concordia University, Nebraska’s pre-social work program is designed to prepare you for success in graduate school and your eventual career in social work

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.