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Behavioral & Social Sciences

If you want career options, like working with and for others, and you’re looking for a relevant degree program, say one in behavioral 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 primarily focused primarily on the behavior of human beings as individuals, and as members of society in a contextual setting.

What is Behavioral and Social Sciences?

At its core, behavioral and social sciences is the academic study of human behavior, the evolution and process of change of the structure and function of societies and institutions. Our program emphasizes inter- and intra-connected relational impacts. Disciplines include anthropology, criminal justice, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and social work … with foreign languages, history, and Islamic Studies also covered.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences gives you the flexibility 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 a deep-dive into 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, 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’ll be able to contribute proactively to solutions of current and future challenges substantially resulting from globalization and all levels of global interdependence.

This program is particularly suited to 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 making the world community a better place in which to live.

Curricular Requirements

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

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For the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences,

Dr. Ekkehard-Teja Wilke, Associate Provost and Acting Director, BHS