The purpose of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Behavioral Science is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of how social issues, social environments, and cultural influences impact individual and group behaviors. With a Wilmington University Behavioral Science degree, students will gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in careers working with adolescents and teens, families, the elderly, the homeless, the court systems, government agencies, addictions, crisis interventions, and more. Upon completion of the program, students seek careers in the human services, government, business, and industry. Students seeking graduate degree options may consider Master’s degrees in social work, sociology, psychology, human services, public administration, criminology, counseling, or human resource management.
Program of Study
The program includes courses in psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology. Course work emphasizes normal and abnormal individual development, as well as family, group, and cultural dimensions of behavior. Ethical and professional issues are also addressed. Skill development in interpersonal relations, problem solving, and evaluation of programs and research is stressed. In addition, General Education courses required of all Wilmington University undergraduates provide a well-rounded academic foundation.
Classroom courses provide a blend of theory and application. Students also have the option to explore internship opportunities throughout the community in a variety of settings which provide experiences in applying knowledge and skills. The program is offered statewide, with day and evening classes offered at New Castle, Dover, and Georgetown. The program is also offered in New Jersey at Mt. Laurel and Cumberland. The program is also available online.
Demonstrate the ability to define and explain theory and application within the Behavioral Science disciplines with regard to:
Skills: Related to the Behavioral Science Disciplines
Personal and Professional Development
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The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences recommends that students who transfer in six or more core courses and all 18 credits of core electives use any remaining electives to increase their subject knowledge by taking upper level electives in their field. These will include the interdisciplinary electives identified from the other academic colleges.
Minimum Grade Policy
The Behavioral Science program has set a minimum passing grade of “C-” for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any required core course must retake that course.
CTA 206 Computer Applications
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 131 Public Speaking
ENG 310 Research Writing
HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues
POL 300 American Politics
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Natural Science Elective with Lab (4 Credits)
HUM Humanities Elective
MAT 308 Inferential Statistics
PHI 302 Ethics and Values in Behavioral Science
SOC 302 Marriage and the Family
SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities
SOC 306 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 318 Social Change
SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences
PSY 309 Interpersonal Communication Skills
SOC 405 Social Deviance
PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 340 Applied Research Design
PSY 340 Research Methods in Psychology
SOC 409 Seminar in Applied Behavioral Science
PSY 409 Seminar in Psychology
SOC 490 Internship in Behavioral Science (Behavioral Science majors)
Upper Level Behavioral Science Elective
PSY 329 Lifespan Development
PSY 330 Infant and Toddler Development
PSY 332 Adolescent Development
PSY 336 Child Development
PSY 401 Adult Development and Aging
Courses beginning with the prefix CRJ, PSY, ORG, or SOC may be used as Behavioral Science electives. In addition, the following courses may also be selected as Behavioral Science electives:
POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues
POL 350 Economic, Welfare and Income Policy
POL 380 Health Care Policy
NOTE: Guided Practicum (SOC 290-SOC 291) as well as Internship (SOC 490) and Co-op (SOC 450) experiences are available.
The Behavioral Science Program’s Concentration in Human Services provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to obtain specialized knowledge within the field of Human Services. Students will learn to work across a range of human needs through a spectrum of courses covering current social issues, working in the helping professions, and theories of personality. This concentration will be of great benefit to students who desire to work as a youth worker, minister, family support worker, client advocate, case manager, community organizer, and many other professions. The Concentration in Human Services is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of human behavior and help them develop the skills necessary to function as a human services professional. There is also the added benefit that students who graduate with a Concentration in Human Services will be better positioned to begin their master’s degree in the Administration of Human Services at Wilmington University. Overall, students who earn a degree with a concentration in Human Services will distinguish themselves from others in the workplace and will acquire a valuable, competitive advantage in any profession and gain the knowledge and skills to work effectively in their chosen career in culturally competent ways, to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and to provide specialty services.
The “General Education Requirements” and “Behavioral Science Core” curriculum for the Human Services concentration remain unchanged. The only difference is the SOC electives are limited to courses required for the concentration.
SOC 312 Community Health & Social Issues
SOC 464 Working in the Helping Professions
SOC 468 Case Management
FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar
Dev. Psych Elective
Behavioral Science Elective
HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2019 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.