The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences provides a framework in which the faculty and students can cooperatively investigate human behavior in both individual and social contexts. The fundamental approach of the college is that of the liberal arts, but several of the programs have professional or pre-professional aspects. Interdisciplinary, multicultural, and international perspectives are emphasized in the curricula, as are methodological approaches appropriate to each discipline.

Undergraduate Studies

Encompassing a number of traditional and modern disciplines of the behavioral and social sciences, the college offers the following undergraduate degrees. (The numbers following the degrees and minors are used by this university to identify the programs indicated. These numbers must be used on the application for admission, registration forms, application for graduation, etc. )

Bachelor of Arts
Anthropology 22021

Economics 22041

Geography 22061

History 22051
Concentration in: Honors Program

International Relations 22101
Concentration in: Honors Program
Labor Studies 22993

Psychology 20011

Political Science 22071

Social Science (Interdisciplinary Studies) 22011

Sociology 22081

Urban Studies 22141

The college also provides an area of emphasis in the Liberal Studies Program (Area III) and jointly offers the B.A. in American Studies with the College of Humanities. In addition, the college offers the following minors which may be taken in conjunction with any major.

African Area Studies

Asian Area Studies

Bisexual, Lesbian, and Gay Studies

Criminal Justice

Critical Social Thought

European Area Studies

Human Sexuality Studies

Latin American Area Studies

World Development Studies

The Center for Interdisciplinary Programs in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

The center has administrative responsibility for coordinating and supporting interdisciplinary efforts within the college, including programs in Criminal Justice, Critical Social Thought, Labor Studies, and Social Science.

Pre-MBA Program

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, in cooperation with the College of Business, offers a special program designed to prepare students for graduate study in business. The program gives students strong advising support in selecting courses that provide a foundation for MBA study. Structured around four Pre-MBA theme areas, the program also provides rigorous academic training in the liberal arts. Special attention is given to the selection of general education courses and the construction of individualized programs to help students meet the admissions requirements of graduate schools of business.

In order to complete the Pre-MBA program, a student must:

Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology, and Urban Studies participate in the Pre-MBA program. Advising materials can be obtained from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (HSS 359).

Computer Facilities

The BSS Computer Laboratory (HSS 383) and a satellite laboratory (PSY 329) provide computer access for individual and class use, as well as software of particular relevance to the behavioral and social sciences.

Specialized computer laboratories include the Economics Computer Laboratory (HSS 147), the International Relations Media Center (HSS 360A), and the Experimental Psychology Laboratory (PSY 304), and provide hands-on experience in simulations, experimentation, forecasting, and data analysis related to specific disciplines.

Specialized Resources and Facilities

Many other specialized resources and facilities are contained in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, including:

Graduate Studies

Graduate programs in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences cover a broad range of professional and academic interests. There are literally thousands of potential career applications available to graduates. Each program will provide information on the admissions policies and career opportunities for its graduates, including the experience of those working in the field, on request.

Applicants and candidates should realize the necessity of frequent contact with the graduate major adviser and students should not undertake a program of study without the express approval of a graduate major adviser. Because several graduate programs in the college have application procedures which supplement those of the university, applicants should contact the office of the program directly for information.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers the following graduate degrees: (The numbers following the degrees and minors are used by this university to identify the programs indicated. These numbers must be used on the application for admission, registration forms, application for graduation, etc.)

Master of Arts
Anthropology 22021

Economics 22041
Concentration in: Applied Economics

Geography 22061
Concentration in: Resource Management and Environmental Planning
History 22051

International Relations 22101

Political Science 22071

Concentrations in:
College Teaching 20012
Developmental Psychology 20091
Educational Psychology 08221
Physiological Psychology 20101
Psychological Research 20992
School Psychology 20013
Social Psychology 20051

Social Science: Interdisciplinary Studies 22011

Master of Public Administration 21021

Master of Science

Concentrations in:
Clinical Psychology 20031
Industrial-Organizational Psychology 20081

Special Resources and Facilities

A broad variety of special resources and facilities are available within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. These include major university centers described elsewhere in this Bulletin, such as the Treganza Anthropology Museum, the BSS- Geography Map Library, the Psychology Clinic, and the U.S.-Korea Institute, as well as more specialized facilities, as described below.

In addition, several departments in the college provide opportunities for research, professional experience, career development, and student-faculty exchanges through their sponsorship of student organizations; e.g., the History Students Association, International Relations Student Association, La Raza Students in Psychology, and the Sociology Club, and a number of journals are produced by students and faculty in the college, including Urban Perspectives (Urban Studies), the Treganza Anthropology Papers (Anthropology), Ex Post Facto (History), and the Journal of Homosexuality (Human Sexuality Studies).

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