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Bachelor of Arts: Behavioural Science Concentration (3 year)

The three-year Bachelor of Arts: Behavioural Science Concentration focuses on building solid depth and breadth of understanding in the disciplines of psychology and sociology. Core to the BHS Concentration is a focus on developing knowledge and skill in research methods and data analysis, as well as expecting one term (3 credits) of practicum experience in experimental or applied areas within both disciplines. It also prepares students for entry-level positions in fields related to behavioural science and entrance into after-degree programs (e.g., nursing, education).

Profile of the Graduating Student

The graduating student will:

  • have a sound understanding of individual and group behaviour which will assist them in dealing with people professionally and personally;
  • be able to integrate knowledge of both the psychological and societal processes which bear upon human emotions, cognition and behaviour;
  • have an understanding of research methodology in the behavioural sciences, including constructing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research designs, analyzing and critiquing empirical results, and presenting clear outcomes and recommendations to appropriate audiences;
  • have a facility with current technology in the field of behavioural science (e.g., electronic databases, computer analysis software such as jamovi);
  • perceive human needs with empathy, develop ethically responsible attitudes toward social problems and, in particular, vulnerable populations in society, and be empowered to give voice to these issues in the public and professional arena;
  • be prepared to engage ethically with individuals from diverse backgrounds (i.e., racial, ethnic, religious, gender and sexual orientation) in a manner that maintains the dignity and respect for all people;
  • develop a Christian view of sociological and psychological processes in conjunction with scientific study;
  • be prepared to work with integrity and confidence in a variety of human service fields or continue on to graduate work or after-degree programs.

Career and Education Paths

The graduating student will:

  • be able to demonstrate a holistic understanding of critical, theoretical and applied domains within psychology and sociology as they contribute to ethical research and responsible practice in each discipline;
  • be prepared to obtain entry-level positions in fields related to the behavioural sciences, such as family and social services, human resources, mental health, or communication;
  • have the necessary academic preparation for the pursuit of after-degrees in areas such as nursing, education, and other related professional disciplines.

Bachelor of Arts: Behavioural Science Concentration
Program Requirements (3 year - 90 credits)

UNI 101 The Ambrose Experience (non-credit)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the senior level 

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature 

Fine or Performing Arts (3 credits)
(ART, DA, FA, MU, TH)

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy

Science (3 credits)
(ASTR, BCH, BIO, BOT, CHE, ECOL, GEO, GEOG, KIN*, MED, PHY, SC, ZOO)
*Note: Not all KIN courses can be used as Science credits; check the course descriptions.

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
(the above, plus MA)

Behavioural Science (12 credits)
BHS 240 Research Methods
BHS 310 Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences
BHS 320 Practicum 1
BHS 400 Seminar in Social Sciences

Psychology (9 credits)
PS 121 Introduction to Psychology
PS 250 Social Psychology
PS 300 Personality

Sociology (9 credits)
SO 121 Principles of Sociology
SO 220 Social Problems
SO 310 Classical Social Theory

Psychology/Sociology Electives (6 credits)
Electives
To meet senior level requirements of the program, 12 credits of electives must be taken at the senior level
     Arts and Science Electives (6 credits)
     Open Electives (21 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of The Ambrose Experience (UNI 101) (non-credit, compulsory during first 30 credits)
  • Completion of a total of 90 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 42 credits taken in any one discipline (PS/SO combined)
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in BHS/PS/SO courses combined