The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BHS) is a multidisciplinary academic department of East-West University. It includes those disciplines which focus primarily on the behavior of human beings as individuals, and as members of society in a contextual setting. Encompassing the entire range of academic study of human behavior, the evolution and process of change of the structure and function of societies and institutions, the BHS program emphasizes inter and intra connected relational impacts. The disciplines include anthropology, criminal justice, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and social work. Additionally, foreign languages, history, and Islamic Studies complete the current tangential disciplines.
Why Behavioral and Social Sciences at East-West?
The BHS program area awards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences. It is a generic degree with far reaching potential which has the advantage of providing the student flexibility to allow a full range of selection from that of a broad generalist to that of a specific discipline-focused specialist, whichever fits best the choice of educational goals and objectives.
Areas of concentration offered under this degree include African-American studies, criminal justice, international relations, psychology, social work, and sociology. Students pursuing careers in the l human services are encouraged to include in their selection of electives courses from Business Administration, Computer and Information Science, Electronic Engineering or other liberal arts and sciences disciplines such as mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics. Students who value a strong general preparation should consider include humanities courses in the elective category.
The degree program combines applied scientific research with a sound grasp of major theories in the behavioral and social sciences. Students will obtain the technical ability and theoretical comprehension to recognize, articulate, and assess the following areas:
- 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, 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 students will be prepared to contribute proactively to solutions of current and future challenges substantially resulting from globalization and all levels of global interdependence.
The BHS program area is well suited in merging vocations with a sense of mission in service to humanity with that of highly skilled, professional, 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 base, and comprehensive reflective assessment allowing for constant improvement and growth. Focus remains on human beings with the goal of making the world community a better place in which to live.
The degree requirements consist of three basic components:
- 64 quarter hours of general education courses,
- 60 quarter hours of required specified core courses, and
- 56 quarter hours of free electives
for a total of no less than 180 quarter hours of credit.
Curricular requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences must 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 EN 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,
- All outcome measures required by the assessment program must be passed successfully,
- All financial obligations must be cleared
The program embodies three broad blocks of curricular components:
I: General Education Core (64 quarter hours);
II: BHS core and concentration courses 60 quarter hours); and
III: Elective courses (56 quarter hours), for a total of 180 quarter hours.
I: General Education Core courses: These include
- Five specified courses in English and Communications for a total of 20 quarter hours;
- One specified mathematics course and 16 additional courses from 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
It is strongly suggested that students will select one of the six concentration areas which include:
African-American Studies, Criminal Justice, International Relations, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology.
Students pursuing professional careers in the human services are especially encouraged to take courses in Business Administration, Computer and Information Science, or Electronic Engineering as well as to take e sequence of three 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
For the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences,
Dr. Ekkehard-Teja Wilke, Associate Provost and Acting Director, BHS