The Behavioral Science Department offers three disciplines in the pursuit of understanding human behavior: Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology.
Anthropology Courses offered focus on the study of human origins and bio-cultural adaptations. Topics may include primatology, genetics, human variation, forensics, health. The study of human culture is also explored, including social organization, institutions, diversity, interactions between human groups and ethics in the discipline.
Anthropology Course Descriptions
Psychology Courses offered focus on the major psychological topics, theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Courses feature a life-span growth and developmental focus on social, emotional, cognitive, and physical factors, and influences of a developing human from conception to death. They include the study of individual behavior within the social environment, including socio-psychological processes, attitude formation and change, interpersonal relations, group processes, self, social cognition, and research methods. Students will receive an introduction to the psychological, biological, and socio-cultural factors involved in the development, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders, including a review of the historical understanding of abnormal behavior psychological research and practice as it relates to mental health and psychological functioning, as well as legal and ethical issues. Courses also feature an introduction to the biological bases of behavior including evolution, genetics, research methods in behavioral neuroscience, motivation and emotion, sensation and perception, learning and memory, cognition, and other complex behaviors.
Psychology Course Descriptions
Sociology Courses offer a focus on the scientific study of human society, including ways in which groups, social institutions, and individuals affect each other. Causes of social stability and social change are explored through the application of various theoretical perspectives, key concepts, and related research methods of sociology. Analysis of social issues in their institutional context may include topics such as social stratification, gender, race/ethnicity, and deviance.
Sociology Course Descriptions