SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Dr. Bradley J. Buchner, Chair
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Office: Duckrey Social Science Building, Room 229
Department Phone Number: 610-399-2395
The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences currently offers five undergraduate majors and one master’s degree program. The undergraduate majors are Social Relations, Psychology, Political Science, Geographic Information Science, and Social Science. Classes for our undergraduate majors meet in Duckrey Social Science building. Our Master’s in Public Administration offers evening courses at our Urban Center at 8th & Market Streets in Philadelphia (For further information on the MPA program please refer to the Graduate Catalog).
The faculty members of the department include specialists in anthropology, criminal justice, law, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. The faculty brings to the classroom years of experience as educators, practitioners, and researchers in national and local studies, policy analysis, and clinical and judicial practice. Our commitment to teaching and small classes provides the opportunity for each student to learn and to be known for what he or she has to share with others in the educational process.
The varied opportunities for involvement in presentations and activities are aided by an active psychology club and a chapter of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology. Geography has Gamma Theta Upsilon, which is an international honor society.
The courses taught in the department are designed to meet the needs of students who are majoring in these areas and to assist non-majors in their professional preparations.
It is essential that all students who are interested in taking a program of study in one of the areas administered by the department consult the departmental academic advisors early in their course work. This should preferably be done at the beginning of the freshman year. While the ultimate responsibility for meeting graduation requirements is the student’s, it is essential that students who intend to major in one of these areas ask to be assigned a major academic advisor during their first year and commit themselves to regular interaction with that advisor. The interaction between student and faculty member is crucial in the design of an appropriate individualized program of instruction providing for future career flexibility and satisfaction.
STUDENTS IN ALL MAJOR DEGREE PROGRAMS MUST SATISFY THE FOLLOWING GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
Core requirements: 23 credits
- GAC 101, GAC 102 First-Year Seminar (2 credits)
- AAS 210 African American Experience in Global Context (3 credits)
- HEN 112 English I (3 credits)
- HEN 113 English II (3 credits)
- HEN 114 Fundamentals of Speech (3 credits)
- MAT 104 Survey of College Mathematics or higher (3 credits)
- EDU 110 Introductory Interpretation & Analysis (3 credits)
- HPH 110 Critical Thinking (3 credits)
Distribution requirements: 28 credits
- Natural science (6 credits)
- Humanities (6 credits)
- Social science (cannot be courses that are required for major) (6 credits)
- Health and wellness (3-4 credits)
- Foreign language (6 credits)
- Service learning (Optional 1 credit instead of second REC Activity)
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATON CREDIT HOURS……… 51
In addition to the Core and Distributional requirements above students must also fulfill requirements as shown in each of the following areas:
Any course that has the corresponding designation can satisfy these requirements unless otherwise specified. Intensive courses may also fulfill other general education or major requirements. A course may also have more than one designation.
- Writing Intensive ……………………………………… 3 courses
- Advanced Composition (HEN 319; strongly suggested)
- Two Additional Writing courses
- Global Studies……………………………………….. 1 course
- African-American Heritage……………………….. 1 course
- Information Literacy………………………………… 1 course
Courses that qualify in one or more of these areas will be designated in the catalog and in the schedule.