Why do we behave the way we do? What motivates us to act in certain ways? And what influences human behaviors and motivations? If you’re fascinated by these questions — like we are — then the Behavioral Sciences major might be right for you.
We offer an expansive and interdisciplinary course of study, turning to psychology, sociology, geography and anthropology for the theories and professional applications that can help us better understand questions about who we are and why we do the things we do.
Our program stresses dynamic, hands-on learning and includes important service learning opportunities, all aimed at helping you better analyze the diverse, quickly-changing world we live in. And with our Sociology and Social Policy major track, you’ll explore our human actions (and interactions) and consciousness are shaping by cultural and social structures.
As part of your course of study, you’ll examine social problems, institutions, and structures, along with cross-cultural interactions. Our graduates are prepared to pursue careers or advanced degrees in a number of fields, including law, government, anthropology or sociology.
Sociology and Social Policy: If you’re interested in understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures, this concentration is for you. Sociology addresses and analyzes the most pressing issues of our time and is a degree that is cross-applicable amongst an array of fields.
B.S. Behavioral Sciences
Upon completion of the program in Behavioral Sciences, a graduating student will demonstrate the following competencies:
1. Will clearly and effectively articulate the role of theory in cross-cultural studies from anthropology and sociology
2. Will demonstrate an understanding of the reciprocal relationships between the individual and the group (ethnic or society)
3. Will demonstrate the use of appropriate methodology and data analysis from anthropology and sociology in social research
4. Will demonstrate an understanding of anthropological and sociological concepts and appropriate use of the discipline terminology
5. Will demonstrate the understanding of basic knowledge, questions and issues in substantive areas of sociology and anthropology
B.S. Behavioral Sciences Degree Requirements
• AN 200 Cultural Anthropology
• SO 200 Introduction to Sociology
• SO 302 Theory in the Behavioral Sciences
• SO 317 Social Research Methods and Evaluation
Note: English 102 and COM 101 are prerequisites for all upper division courses
Sociology and Social Policy Major Requirements
• SO 308 Social Problems
Social Issues (choose two):
• AN 341 Virtual Worlds, Digital Realities
• GE 324 Geography of Tourism
• SO 407 Society and Mental Disorders
• SO 491 Juvenile Deviancy and Juvenile Justice
Social Structure (choose two):
• AN 340 Contemporary Peoples of Hawaii
• AN 350 Cultures of Oceania
• AN 357 East Asian Societies
• SO 360 Sociology and Philosophy of Gender
• SO 401 Race and Ethnic Relations
• SO 331 Asian American Communities
Social Institutions (choose one):
• SO 311 Marriage and the Family
• SO 412 The Sociology of Sports
• SO 327 Career Development in the Behavioral Sciences
(Prerequisite: SO 200 Introductory to Sociology)
Senior Thesis (4 credits required):
• SO 494 Senior Thesis Research
• SO 498 Senior Thesis
NOTE: Specialty courses from other universities may be substituted for major requirements with the approval of the faculty advisor. The Pre-Professional (SO 327) and Senior Thesis (SO 494 & SO 498) must be completed at Chaminade University.
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