2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
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2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Behavioral Sciences, BA

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About the Program

Apply Now The Behavioral Sciences major includes studies in several disciplines to provide multiple perspectives on human behavior, culture, and society. It is designed to provide a strong foundation for employment in a variety of fields including public/social services as well graduate school.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)

CHESS College Core (36 Credits)

  • Modern Language (12 Credits)
  • Gender Issues (3 Credits)
  • Global Cultures (3 Credits)
  • Individual and Society (3 Credits)
  • Literature and the Arts (3 Credits)
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 Credits)
  • Social Ethics (3 Credits)
  • U.S. Tradition (3 Credits)
  • Western Heritage (3 Credits)

For courses that meet these requirements, please see the CHESS College Core list .

Major Core (36 Credits)

Other Required Courses (18 Credits)

  • Free Electives (18 Credits) - Six (6) credits must be taken at the 30000-level or above

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 1 (15 Credits)

Semester 2 (15 Credits)

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

  • Area B Course (See Note 4)
  • Behavioral Sciences Elective 30000-level or above - ANTH, ECON, HDFS< POL, PSY, SOC, or SWRK
  • Individual and Society - select from CHESS College Core List  
  • Free Elective - 30000-level or above
  • Free Elective - 30000-level or above

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Modern Language Requirement

  • Modern Language Level I-Choose from ASL 10100, SPAN 10100, FR 10100, GER 10100, or JPNS 10100.
  • Modern Language Level II-Choose from ASL 10200, SPAN 10200, FR 10200, GER 10200, or JPNS 10200.
  • Modern Language Level III-Choose from ASL 20100, SPAN 20100, FR 20100, GER 20100, or JPNS 20100.
  • Modern Language Level IV-Choose from ASL 20200, SPAN 20200, FR 20200, GER 20200, or JPNS 20200.
  • Must complete 4 semesters of the same modern language.

Note 2: Choice of ANTH 10000, ECON 10100, HDFS 21000, POL 13000, POL 14100, PSY 12000 or SWRK 20100

Note 3: Area A - two (2) courses (6 credits) at 30000-level or higher in ONE of the following disciplines: ANTH, ECON, HDFS, POL, PSY or SWRK

Note 4: Area B - two (2) courses (6 credits) at 30000-level or higher in ONE of the following disciplines (but not discipline from Area A): ANTH, ECON, HDFS, POL, PSY or SWRK


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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