Behavioral and Social Sciences

About the Program

If you want career options, like working with and for others, and you’re looking for a relevant degree program, say one in behavioral and social science in Chicago, then find it at East-West University.

Our Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences provides a number of multidisciplinary academic offerings with disciplines focused primarily on the behavior of human beings as individuals, and as members of society in a contextual setting.

What is Behavioral and Social Science?

At its core, behavioral and social sciences study of human behavior, the evolution and process of change of the structure and function of individuals, societies, and institutions. Our program emphasizes inter- and intra-connected contextual impacts. Disciplines include anthropology, criminal justice, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and social work – with foreign languages, history, and Islamic Studies as additional areas.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences gives you the flexibility to customize your education through areas of concentration in African-American studies, criminal justice, international relations, psychology, social work, or sociology. Explore social science in Chicago to pursue your degree as a broad generalist or with a focus on a specific discipline – whichever best fits your educational goals and objectives.

Combining applied scientific research with a sound grasp of major theories in the behavioral and social sciences, you’ll gain the technical ability and theoretical comprehension to recognize, articulate, and assess:

  • Artistic, social, and scientific contributions of different cultures, societies, and peoples

  • Implications of comprehensive global interconnectedness and interdependence of forms of life as related to humankind

  • Key assumptions of diverse socio-political, historical, cultural, and psychological theories

  • Critical functions and importance of science and technology in social and human development

  • Needs and aspirations of human beings as contributing factors of societal, that is to say: socio-economic, political, and cultural activities

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to contribute proactively to solutions of current and future challenges substantially resulting from globalization and global interdependence.

This program is particularly suited to merging your vocational sense of mission in service to humanity with that of a highly skilled profession. It also provides excellent and permanent employment opportunities. All of the major areas – be it political science, psychology, criminal justice, social work, or sociology – embrace high degree of realistic, practical, hands-on application, thorough familiarity with foundational theoretical knowledge, and comprehensive reflective assessment allowing for constant improvement and growth. Your focus ultimately remains on making the world community a better place in which to live.

Curricular Requirements

Curricular requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences comply with all general academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree, which includes

  • Completion of 180 quarter hours

  • Residency requirement of 48 quarter hours

  • Completion of HM 279 (East-West University Signature course)

  • Completion of HM 491 (Senior Seminar)

  • An overall GPA of 2.0 and a 2.5 GPA in the major

  • Compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress policy pertaining to both Grade Maintenance and Timely Completion

  • Successful completion of all program assessment outcome measures

  • All financial obligations must be cleared

The degree requirements consist of three basic components for a total of no less than 180 quarter hours of credit:

  • I: General Education Core (64 quarter hours)

  • II: BHS core and concentration courses (60 quarter hours)

  • III: Elective courses (56 quarter hours)

I: General Education Core courses: Five specified courses in English and Communications for a total of 20 quarter hours; One specified mathematics course; one course in biology, and 12 additional courses from mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry for a total of 20 hours; One specified humanities course and 16 additional quarter hours selected from behavioral and social sciences and humanities for a total of 20 hours; One specified course from computer and information science for a total of 4 hours.

II: BHS Core and selected concentration area courses:

11 specified BHS core courses, and an additional 16 hours BHS elective courses for a total of 60 hours

III: Elective courses:

56 quarter hours from freely selected courses

Concentration Areas

It is suggested that students select one of the six concentration areas which include:

Students pursuing professional careers in the human services are especially encouraged to take courses in Business Administration or Computer and Information Science as well as to take a sequence of courses in a foreign language. Practical examples of selective cross-departmental matriculation would be planning and implementing a social service agency; a youth information organization; professions engaged in assuring socio-economic, educational, and cultural equal opportunity.

BA – BHS – Program Sheet

For the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences,

Carl Cooper 
Director, BHS

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