College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Behavioral & Social Sciences

With an expansive curriculum delivered by award-winning faculty and scholars, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences prepares students for a broad range of careers in social services, nonprofit organizations, government, military, and public service.

Housing Lander’s signature academic programs in criminal justice and criminology, government administration, homeland security, emergency management and psychology, as well as exceptional programs in sociology, history, and philosophy, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences provides an academic framework that enhances students’ abilities to be critical thinkers and see connections across disciplines.


Learning Spaces

Headquartered in the Carnell Learning Center, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories where students can delve into the issues of human behavior, interaction at individual and societal levels, and study actors from the local level to the world stage.

College Facilities Include:

  • Technology-infused classrooms, labs and lecture halls
  • Modern psychology laboratory
  • Faculty offices located near classrooms for convenient student advisement
  • Large lobby area designed for study and teamwork
  • Computer lab for student use

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a high quality, dynamic, and individualized education that fosters personal, intellectual, and professional development and enables our students to lead engaged, satisfying, and productive lives in a diverse and rapidly evolving world.  We promote behavioral and social scientific literacy and knowledge using a scholar-educator model, both in and outside the classroom.

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Did You Know?

  • College of Behavioral and Social Sciences alumni have been successful at graduate schools and have excelled in careers within the law, government service, social services, nonprofit management, education and military service.
  • Faculty within the college are past-presidents of state-level professional associations in history, political science, psychology and sociology; have secured more than $1 million in external grants; and have published research and provided analysis to outlets such as CNN and the BBC.
  • Each year, students have opportunities to present original research at state, regional, and national conferences.
  • Honors College curriculum pairs well with each major within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and students can broaden their educational experience with internships and study abroad.  
  • Students in the college have many opportunities for internships, including working with area companies, government agencies, law firms, special needs centers, museums and historic sites, and hospitals.