B.A. Behavioral Science
Courses

120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate
1 degree option

Behavorial ScienceFeatured Courses

As a student in the behavioral science major at Concordia Nebraska, you’ll have the opportunity to take specialized courses related to various aspects of the behavioral science profession. These classes, designed to equip you for leadership and service in various behavioral science careers, are taught by some of our esteemed faculty who have extensive experience in their fields.

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Behavioral ScienceSample Schedule of Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Semester 1

SOC 101
Introduction to Sociology
Systematic analysis of culture, society, socialization, social control, social processes, and social institutions.
3
credits
FN 101
Financial Literacy
1
credits
FYE
First-Year Experience
A unique course designed to provide first-year college students with knowledge, tips and tricks to support their collegiate career.
1
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
12
credits
Total Credits
17

Semester 2

PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
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.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
13
credits
Total Credits
16

Semester 3

SOC 201
Cultural Anthropology
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.
3
credits
MATH 122
Introduction to Statistics
The fundamentals of elementary statistics, data collection and analysis, probability, distributions, sampling, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 4

SOC/CJ 321
Criminology
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.
3
credits
SOC 221
Social Problems
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.
3
credits
SW 201
Introduction to Social Work
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.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
7
credits
Total Credits
16

Semester 5

SOC 306
Introduction to Psychological and Social Research
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. Same as PSY 306.
3
credits
SOC 331
The Family
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.
3
credits
CTA 203
Communication Theory
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 the following areas: organizational communication, mass communication theory, interpersonal communication and group theory/persuasion. Location, analysis and application of research is a focus of the course.
3
credits
PSY 221
Lifespan Development
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.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 6

SOC 361
Social Theory
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.
3
credits
SOC 345
Social Psychology
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. Same as PSY 345.
3
credits
SOC 322
Criminal Justice
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.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 7

PSY 211
Child Development and Psychology
An in-depth study of factors influencing the development and behavior of children from conception through adolescence.
2
credits
PSY 212
Child Development and Psychology: Young Children
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.
1
credits
PSY 451
Personality Theory
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.
3
credits
SOC 481
Internship in Sociology
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.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 8

SOC 361
Social Theory
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.
3
credits
PSY 445
Abnormal Psychology
Reviews theories and methods which underlie the classification and study of as well as responses to abnormal behavior.
3
credits
PSY 442
Introduction to Counseling
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.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
18
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