Jun 17, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Francis Worldwide: Behavioral Science, B.S.

Go to Francis Worldwide  for more information.

Department Contact:

Dean, Francis Worldwide: Dr. Karen Srba, ksrba@francis.edu
Director, Academic Operations: Mrs. Sherri Link, slink@francis.edu

Partnering Academic Departments:
Chair, Psychology: Dr. Stephen Baker, sbaker@francis.edu
Chair, Social Work: Dr. Mark Lynch, mlynch@francis.edu
Chair, Communications and Criminal Justice: Dr. Kelly Rhodes, krhodes@francis.edu

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science is an online degree completion program designed to provide an accelerated pathway for adult students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in behavioral sciences or human and social services. Students will have the opportunity to maximize their prior college-level coursework or associate’s degrees in psychology, human or social services, or related field. Additional college coursework or military credits may also be evaluated for potential transfer into this degree. This interdisciplinary degree combines a psychology, sociology, and social work core with a liberal studies curriculum reflecting the goals of Franciscan Higher Education. Completion of this program will aid in preparing students to pursue graduate school in a related field or to enter the workforce in human/social services, administration, or related field.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Articulate the importance of the positive value of human diversity and knowledge of special populations who are at risk of, and/or victims of prejudice and discrimination;
  • Illustrate through written and oral presentation a theoretical and applied understanding of the major functions involved in interactions between individuals, families, groups, and their environment;
  • Demonstrate the ability to use current technology and statistical methods in the process of researching, problem-solving, and applying solutions to issues in the behavioral sciences;
  • Possess a functional understanding of professional ethics;
  • Adopt a global perspective in the evaluation of human needs and the different ways in which these needs are addressed;
  • Analyze and assess the impact of policy, programs, and services on various populations.

Admission Requirements:

See Francis Worldwide  for admission criteria and information.

Certification and/or Licensure:

This program is not designed to lead to certification or licensure.

Estimated Completion Time:

Typically 3-5 years of part-time study

Total Credits Required:

128 credits

Major Electives: 15 credits

15 credits from 200-level or higher courses in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Healthcare Management or Business Administration courses (or a minor in either), or other appropriate courses as approved by the program director.

Note: If planning to pursue a graduate degree in psychology or other specific program, careful advising and knowledge of the professional program requirements and prerequisites should be taken into consideration when selecting restricted major electives.

General Education Requirements: (36 credits)