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The Psychological and Social Sciences program offers inter-disciplinary training across four social science domains: Psychology, Sociology, Human Development and Family Studies, and Anthropology. Our B.A. and B.S. degrees encourage students to build a broad base of social scientific knowledge and skills that will help them prepare for graduate school or careers in therapy, basic and applied psychological research, mental health advocacy, program evaluation, social work, community outreach, diversity training and leadership, and non-profit organizations. The B.A. degree provides a broad foundation in social science and psychological theory, methods, and research. Students will take a range of courses focusing on social psychology, developmental studies, organizational behavior and leadership, counseling, inequality, cultural difference, and scientific approaches to understanding human behavior. This degree also offers students the opportunity to master a foreign language and acquire broader knowledge of the global world.
The B.S. degree is a research-oriented degree where students gain expertise in the science of studying human behavior. This degree emphasizes both quantitative and qualitative research, with students completing additional courses in advanced biology, mathematics, and methodology to complement their knowledge of psychological and social theory. All students will complete a year-long, independent senior thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor, providing them with hands-on experience conceptualizing, designing, and carrying out a research project.
The Anthropology minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with exposure to the range of human variation across time and space. Our minors enroll in courses that explore the sub-disciplines of archaeological, biological, and cultural anthropology. The HDFS minor is a multidisciplinary degree that examines the development of individuals and families across the life span. Students obtain a broad background in these topics through courses emphasizing the biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of development. The Psychology minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with a broad overview of topics and domains within psychology, skills related to research methods in psychology, and deeper knowledge of research, theory, and the application of psychology in one or two specific content domains. The sociology minor allows students to explore the wide range of topics, social groups, and interactions studied by sociologists. From social inequalities involving gender, race, social class, and sexuality to the institutions of family, religion, and government, the diversity of subjects available allows sociology minors to take courses relevant to their interests.
The B.A. degree in Psychological and Social Sciences requires a minimum of 121 credits.