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Behavioral Science

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Faculty

Linda Groff, Program Coordinator

L. Mark Carrier (Psychology), Kara Dellacioppa (Sociology), Sue Needham (Anthropology)

Program Office: SBS A-336, (310) 243-3427

Program Description

The undergraduate program in Behavioral Science is designed to provide the student with a broad systematic understanding of human behavior, and of the biological, psychological, cultural, political and social factors that influence such behavior. The program stresses the mastery of key behavioral science concepts; exposure to significant behavioral science theories drawn from psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science; the development and utilization of rigorous investigation, observation and research skills common to the behavioral sciences; and the ability to integrate knowledge across the behavioral sciences.  The program provides practical knowledge and skills with enduring career applicability.

Features

Majors and minors will have exposure to a multidisciplinary approach to the behavioral sciences. Unlike most programs in which students learn about a single discipline, the Behavioral Science program provides a broad range of approaches to understanding human behavior from anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology.

Academic Advisement

Students are encouraged to contact the Behavioral Science Program at (310) 243-3427 for information and for advising. The behavioral science faculty who come from anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology are available for academic advisement; they would be pleased to discuss the program with interested students.

Preparation

Completion of the General Education lower division requirements is recommended. Introductory level courses in one or more of the disciplines contributing to behavioral sciences would be helpful.

Career Possibilities

Completion of the strong and diversified Behavioral Science Program will enhance the student's chances for employment in the various helping professions, government and industry. Positions in communication, recreation, gerontology and health sciences would be likely options for behavioral science students. Moreover, the application of behavioral science knowledge and training would be beneficial in the solution of critical social and business problems.

Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Behavioral Science by meeting the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the faculty of the Behavioral Science Undergraduate Program.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a minimum of 120 total units.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

It is highly recommended that students fulfill their lower division GE requirements by including POL 100 (in category D.2) and one of the following: ANT 100, PSY 101, SOC 101, or SOC 102 (in category D.1).

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Students completing this major are not required to complete a minor in another field.  However, it is recommended that students in the major complete a minor in one of the other social and behavioral sciences (Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology).

Major Requirements (37-38 units)

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

A.  Lower Division Requirements: Select one course from the following (3-4 units):

MAT 131. Elementary Statistics and Probability (3)

PSY 230. Elementary Statistical Analysis in Psychology (3)

SOC 220. Analytical Statistics for Sociology (4)

 

B.  Upper Division Requirements (34 units)

1.  Required Courses (19 units):

ANT 388. Anthropological Theories of Behavior (3)

POL 371. Conflict, Violence, and Nonviolence (3)

PSY 305. History and Systems of Psychology (3)

SOC 355. Modern Sociological Theories (4)

BEH 300. Introduction to Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences (3)*
(*Take Fall semester, Junior year)

BEH 490. Seminar in Behavioral Science (3)*
(*Take Spring semester, Senior year)

2.  Elective Courses (12 units):

     Select four of the following courses, one course in each behavioral science area: anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology.  However, students with a minor in one of these areas are to select a fourth course (listed below) from an area different from their minor area.

ANT 310. Culture and Personality: Psychological Anthropology (3)

ANT 312. Language and Culture (3)

ANT 315. Magic and Religion (3)

ANT 336. Comparative Cultures: Comparative Sociopolitical Systems (3)

ANT 337. Comparative Cultures: Ethnography and Film (3)

POL 314. Political parties and elections (3)

POL 325. Women and Politics (3)

POL 336. Theories of International Relations (3)

POL 370. Public Opinion and Propaganda (3)

PSY 340. Social Psychology: Psychological Perspective (3)

PSY 350. Child Psychology (3)

PSY 353. The Experience of Death and Dying: Psychological perspectives (3)

PSY 360. Theories of Personality (3)

PSY 363. The Abnormal Personality (3)

SOC 311. Social Organization (3)

SOC 320. The Family (3)

SOC 340. Social Psychology: Sociological Perspective (3)

SOC 365. Deviant Behavior (3)

3.  Applied Elective Course (3 units):

     Select one course from the following:

ANT 375. Ethnographic Methods and Techniques (3)

BIO 370. Biological Bases of Human Behavior (3)

PSY 314. Behavior Modification (3)

SOC 304. Computer Applications in the Social Sciences (3)

SOC 306. Program Evaluation (3)

Minor in Behavioral Science (15 units)

A.  Upper Division Required Course (3 units):

BEH 490. Seminar in Behavioral Science (3)

 

B.  Select four courses from the following (12 units): One course in each of the core disciplines of the behavioral sciences: anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology. However, students with a major in anthropology, political science, psychology or sociology are to select the fourth course from one of the disciplines other than their major.

ANT 310. Culture and Personality: Logical Anthropology (3)

ANT 312. Language and Culture (3)

ANT 315. Magic and Religion (3)

ANT 336. Comparative Cultures: Comparative Sociopolitical Systems (3)

ANT 337. Comparative Cultures: Ethnography and Film (3)

ANT 388. Anthropological Theories of Behavior (3)

POL 314. Political parties and elections (3)

POL 325. Women and Politics (3)

POL 336. Theories of International Relations (3)

POL 370. Public Opinion and Propaganda (3)

POL 371. Conflict, Violence, and Nonviolence (3)

PSY 305. History and Systems of Psychology (3)

PSY 340. Social Psychology: Psychological Perspective (3)

PSY 350. Child Psychology (3)

PSY 353. The Experience of Death and Dying: Psychological Perspectives (3)

PSY 360. Theories of Personality (3)

PSY 363. The Abnormal Personality (3)

SOC 311. Social Organization (3)

SOC 320. The Family (3)

SOC 340. Social Psychology: Sociological Perspective (3)

SOC 355. Modern Sociological Theories (4)

SOC 365. Deviant Behavior (3)

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

 

Upper Division

BEH 300          Introduction to Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences (3).

Prerequisites: MAT 131 or PSY 230 or SOC 220 and junior standing.

The course covers five areas: preparing and writing an academic paper, preparing and writing a literature review, developing a research proposal, general research methodology and delivering a research presentation.

BEH 490          Seminar in Behavioral Science (3).

Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor.

A seminar designed to integrate previous course work by approaching selected problems from the perspective of the various behavioral sciences. Preparation of seminar paper. Three hours of seminar
per week.