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The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences Studies offers degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Psychology and the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
Students seeking admission into a major program in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences Studies must meet the admission requirements of Bethune-Cookman University as described in the Admission section of this catalog.
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Psychology focuses on the scientific study of behavior as it is influenced by physical, cognitive, emotional, environmental factors, and includes the analysis of behavior problems and disorders. This comprehensive program of study emphasizes instruction in the principles of the subfields of psychology which include human developmental stages, abnormal, educational, counseling theories, personality theories, psychological measurement, physiological psychology, statistical research, and research methodology in psychology. Students complete a senior empirical research thesis which prepares them for success in graduate programs of their choice. The graduate programs often include social work, clinical mental health counseling, guidance counseling, psychiatric services, behavioral services, law, and education. Students are required to complete Psychology Field Experience in mental health and often obtain entry-level employment with the agencies.
The Bachelor of Arts degree program in sociology focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. It includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization, social stratification, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems. In addition to promoting the development of critical thinking skills, practical knowledge and competency, and an appreciation of human differences and commonalities, the sociology curriculum is designed to develop in students an integrated sense of identity and civic responsibility.
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Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will evaluate and utilize the scientific method in psychological research.
- Students will articulate and apply psychological theories and concepts to describe and interpret diverse human behavior and mental processes.
- Students will analyze awareness of human differences and commonalities that support empowerment.
- Students will understand knowledge of global psychological issues and apply strategies for promoting self-worth, social justice, and civic responsibility.
- Students will analyze and appraise constructs or paradigms in a sociological framework as they relate to issues involving various social groups.
- Students will apply various research methods in problem-solving through the development of research projects and through summative evaluations.
- Students will demonstrate an appreciation of human differences and commonalities by describing, demonstrating and evaluating how social groups and societies operate, including social structures and social institutions that comprise micro-level and macro-level groups.
- Students will demonstrate an integrated sense of identity and civic responsibility, as well as an understanding of the local and global context, within which social processes and systemic dynamics impact the everyday lives of individuals and groups around the world.