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Behavioral Sciences,  105A

Behavioral Sciences

Bachelor of Science

Program Overview

Chaminade’s BS in Behavioral Sciences program takes a multidisciplinary approach to the behavioral sciences, incorporating the perspectives of anthropology, geography, and sociology to analyze human group behavior. We live in an evolving, complex, multicultural world, so even if you are committed to another major you should still consider behavioral sciences for a minor, especially if you may be working in the Pacific-Asia region. Students can participate in service-learning projects that provide opportunities to learn about different cultures and groups, as well as gain lifelong wisdom, work experience, and interpersonal proficiency.

Major Track

Sociology and Social Policy – This track is designed for individuals interested in understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures. Sociology at Chaminade addresses and analyzes the most pressing issues of our time and is a degree that is cross-applicable amongst an array of fields.

B.S. Curriculum

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program in behavioral sciences, the student will demonstrate command of the following program outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to articulate the role of theory in cross-cultural studies from anthropology and sociology;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the reciprocal relationships between the individual and the group (ethnic or societal);
  3. Demonstrate the use of appropriate methodology and data analysis from anthropology and sociology in social research;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of anthropological and sociological concepts and appropriate use of the discipline terminology; and
  5. Demonstrate the understanding of basic knowledge, questions and issues in substantive areas of sociology and anthropology.
Degree Requirements

Pre-major Courses:

  • AN 200 Cultural Anthropology
  • SO 200 Introduction to Sociology

Foundation Courses:

  • SO 302 Theory in the Behavioral Sciences
  • SO 317 Social Research Methods and Evaluation

*Note: English 102 and COM 101 are prerequisites for all upper division courses

Sociology and Social Policy Major Requirements 

Social Problems

  • SO 308 Social Problems

Social Issues:

  • AN 341 Virtual Worlds, Digital Realities
  • GE 324 Geography of Tourism
  • SO 407 Society and Mental Disorders
  • SO 491 Juvenile Deviancy and Juvenile Justice

Social Structure:

  • AN 340 Contemporary Peoples of Hawai’i
  • AN 350 Cultures of Oceania
  • AN 357 East Asian Societies
  • SO 360 Sociology and Philosophy of Gender
  • SO 401 Race and Ethnic Relations

Cross-cultural Interaction:

  • SO 331 Asian American Communities

Social Institutions – 3 credits from the following:

  • SO 311 Marriage and the Family
  • SO 412 The Sociology of Sports

Preprofessional Course:

  • SO 327 Career Development in the Behavioral Sciences

*Prerequisite: SO 200 Introductory to Sociology

Senior Thesis:

  • SO 494 Senior Thesis Research
  • SO 498 Senior Thesis

Career Opportunities

Human behavior and motivations have always fascinated us, insomuch as they contend with larger questions about who we are and why we do the things we do. The behavioral sciences are an expansive and interdisciplinary course of study, encompassing a number of fields, such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology. The tools gained in studying the behavioral sciences are applicable across many fields and industries, and are a great foundation for those interested in pursuing a graduate degree. Behavioral sciences students will have the opportunity to explore these big questions and apply course course content in real ways.