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 and emergency management, and psychology, as well as exceptional programs in history, human services, international studies, paralegal studies, philosophy, political science, and sociology, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences provides an academic framework that enhances students’ abilities to be critical thinkers and see connections across disciplines.

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A Day in the Life of White House Interns

In August 2018, Lander upperclassmen Brooke Trotter and Sarah Grigg began a paid work-study internship in Washington, D.C., through the Washington Semester Program.

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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

  • 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.

More information on our missions and values (PDF) 


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