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Behavioral Sciences Department

Office: McKay 206
Chairperson: Dr. Christine Shane, (978) 665-3242
Administrative Assistant: Gail Feckley, (978) 665-3241
Admissions Office: 978-665-3144 or admissions@fitchburgstate.edu

Summary

Fitchburg State University’s Behavioral Sciences Department offers students the education and experience in one of the most fascinating fields of study that looks at who we are, what we do and why. Students will gain the academic background and research capabilities for both graduate study and immediate entry into a variety of career fields.

The Criminal Justice major focuses on understanding the criminal justice system and its relationship to society as a whole.

The Human Services Program educates students in the skills and competencies necessary to enter and advance their careers in a wide variety of social service arenas.

The Sociology major addresses major concerns of the field such as culture, stratification, social problems and social institutions.

Two Year Course Rotation

Four Year Plan of Study
Catalog

Faculty

Arend, Patricia - Sociology
Aryee, Augustine - Sociology
Beausoleil, Marcel - Criminal Justice
Brock, Deon - Criminal Justice
Colautti, John - Criminal Justice
Grometstein, Randall - Criminal Justice
Hancock, John - Human Services
Kellner, Lynne - Human Services
Krell, Megan - Human Services
McCormack, Philip - Criminal Justice
Miner, Zachary - Sociology
Nwankwo, Jason - Sociology
Ryan, Kori - Human Services
Shane, Christine - Human Services
Walsh, Elizabeth - Criminal Justice
Weiss, David - Criminal Justice
Wiebe, Richard - Criminal Justice
Williams, Mark - Human Services

Mission

Mission of the Behavioral Sciences Department - Adopted November 2, 1999. The Behavioral Sciences Department prepares leaders for the 21st Century. To that end, our programs seek to foster students’ ability to:

  • Understand the internal and external forces that govern their own behavior and that of other individuals, families, small and large groups, and larger societies;
  • Appreciate the diversity of human beings and understand the implications of societal change;
  • Gather, evaluate, summarize and interpret qualitative and quantitative data;
  • Identify and diagnose important societal issues and problems;
  • Apply their knowledge to issues in the core areas of criminal justice, human services and sociology, as well as to such diverse areas as education, nursing, law, business, and other endeavors;
  • Recognize ethical and legal issues and to act appropriately to resolve them;
  • Demonstrate ethical attitudes and behaviors that enhance the wellbeing of others.

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