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College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

College Administrative Offices Office Extension*

Dean of the College			Joel J. Kassiola	HSS 359	1846
Associate Dean and College
Graduate Coordinator			Susan Taylor		HSS 359	1846

College Directory

Department/Program Chair/Director Office Extension*

African Area Studies			Jacques Hymans		PSY 413	7541
					Aguibou Yansane		HSS 384	7496
Asian Area Studies			DeVere Pentony		HSS 381	7495
Anthropology				Karen Bruhns		SCI 377	2046
Criminal Justice			John Curtin		HSS 382	2055
Critical Social Thought			Richard Busacca		HSS 382	2055
Economics				R. Newby Schweitzer	HSS 140	1839
European Area Studies			Kay Lawson		HSS 327	7797
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies	John De Cecco		PSY 502	1137
Geography and Human Environmental
Studies					Hans Meihoefer		HSS 279	2049
History					Jerald Combs		PSY 405	1604
Human Sexuality Studies			John De Cecco and
					Norma McCoy		PSY 502	1137
International Relations			DeVere Pentony		HSS 382	2055
Labor Studies				Brenda Cochrane		HSS 382	2055
Latin American Area Studies		Joann Aviel		PSY 104	2419
Political Science			Richard DeLeon		HSS 261	1178
Psychology				Kenneth Monteiro	PSY 301	2167
Public Administration			Yong H. Cho		HSS 379	2985
Social Science				Susan Taylor		HSS 359	1846
Sociology				Rachel Kahn-Hut		HSS 370	1466
Urban Studies				Deborah LeVeen		HSS 261	1178
World Development Studies		Raymond Miller		HSS 269	7492
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College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Mission/Purpose

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. 1

Bachelor of Arts

Anthropology 22021
Economics 22041
Geography 22061
History 22051
Concentration in:
Honors Program
International Relations 22101
Labor Studies 22993
Psychology 20011
Political Science 22071
Social Science (Interdisciplinary Studies) 22011
Concentration in:
Criminal Justice
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), PSIRUS Computer Laboratory (HSS 360), and a satellite laboratory (PSY 329) all 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:

Center for Urban Anthropology coordinates research and teaching related to the study of urban areas.

Multidisciplinary Geographic Information Systems Center, Geography and Human Environmental Studies, allows students and faculty to explore applications of GIS through the processing and analysis of imagery from satellite photography. A separate Cartography Laboratory also produces both manual and computer maps, charts, and diagrams.

Overseas Orientation and Training Program, International Relations, provides training and orientation programs for professionals working in educational, business, and governmental settings in the U.S. and Asia.

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: 1

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
Psychology
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

Psychology
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.

The Pre-Law Center, Political Science, provides advising and resource materials to students interested in careers in law.

The Cognitive Psychology Laboratory, Intercultural and Emotion Laboratory, Physiological Psychology Laboratory, and Social Psychology Laboratory are among the specialized facilities in the Psychology Department which provide instructional and research support for students and faculty.

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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