Behavioral Science, B.A.

The behavioral science major draws from anthropology, psychology and sociology to give a broad perspective on human behavior.

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Program Intro

Students will develop the skills necessary to be proficient in the study, research, assessment and evaluation of human behavior from the perspective of all three fields. The major prepares students for employment in social service careers and for graduate study in psychology, sociology, social work and anthropology.

68 Units

*56-68 Units

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6 Optional Concentrations
100 % Christian Faculty and Staff

Why Study Behavioral Science at CBU?

Gain real-world experience

Behavioral science at CBU is unique in that caring faculty provide a rigorous study of the human experience from a distinctly Christian worldview. All incoming students are required to complete an internship or a capstone experience. Past students have interned at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Inland Empire, Operation SafeHouse and Veterans Affairs. Upon graduation, students will be equipped with the skills necessary for careers or graduate study in a global world.

Participate in research

All students complete a capstone research project and have the opportunity to participate in a research colloquium through our interdisciplinary research center—the Center for the Study of Human Behavior. We also offer the Culture & Justice Lecture Series six times per year, which offers students the opportunity to hear from national experts on topics related to the behavioral and social sciences.

What You'll Learn

Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science will demonstrate the following:

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Program Details

ANT 360: Globalization and Culture

This course explores the nature of globalization from multiple perspectives, but especially as evidenced in increasingly dynamic national and ethnic identities, (im)migration, economic disparity, and social systems.

BEH 333: Epistemology and Worldview

This course examines the basic models of integrating the Christian faith and modern behavioral sciences, including the development of biblical examples of worldview and epistemology.

BEH 383: Statistics and Research Methodology I

This course introduces the various quantitative and qualitative methodologies utilized in behavioral science research. 

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  • Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology Concentration
  • Life-Span Development Concentration
  • Medical Anthropology Concentration
  • Social Work Concentration
  • Sports Psychology Concentration

Virgo Handojo, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: 951-343-4465
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 370

Kristin Mauldin, PhD

Associate Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology
Director, Sport and Performance Psychology Program

Office Phone: 951-343-4391
Office Location: James 136B

H. Bruce Stokes, PhD

Professor of Behavioral Science
Major Representative, Behavioral Sciences and Christian Behavioral Sciences

Office Phone: 951-343-4269
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 133

Carolyn (Bennett) Cummings

I chose to pursue a career dedicated to mental health and wellness because I was inspired by professors who shared stories of their work in the fields of social work and mental health.

Carolyn (Bennett) Cummings '05
Marriage and Family Therapist

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Jefferson Monge Fernandez

I want to help counsel children who have experienced traumatic situations … and the behavioral science lectures only continued to motivate me more and to strengthen my love for the field.

Jefferson Monge Fernandez '17

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Career Possibilities

Behavioral science majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Counselor
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Ministry Worker
  • Researcher
  • Marketer
  • Social Worker

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