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Behavioral Sciences Department

Overview

The Behavioral Sciences Department includes four undergraduate programs. They are Sociology, Human Services, Criminal Justice, and the 4 +1 Police Program. The Behavioral Sciences Department is proud of its interdisciplinary structure and offers you the opportunity to interact and study with a highly regarded and diverse faculty. Students from the Criminal Justice, Humans Services and Sociology programs collaborate in classes that are designed to foster professional and personal growth. You will learn the pragmatic skills and academic issues associated specific majors. Each program has a designated course of study and you are encouraged to explore all the Department has to offer including individualized study, research projects, internships, clubs and honor’s projects.

Programs

Majors Concentrations

Minors

Graduate

Contact Us

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

Career Opportunities

Behavioral Sciences students have a broad array of career opportunities.
Criminal Justice students find employment in law, juvenile justice, courts and advocacy. Upon
program completion, Police students are certified to serve as a municipal police officer in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. New Hampshire also now accepts our Police Program
certification, while other states in the New England region are considering certification
reciprocity.

Human Services students go on to find employment in local, non-profit and state agencies.
Recent graduates are employed at Massachusetts Department of Children and Families; Luk;
public elementary, middle, and high schools; and health care organizations.

Sociology Majors find employment in private sector jobs such as market research and public
relations. Many student seek employment in local and federal government agencies as well as
non-profit organizations. Careers include policy research, immigration, community planning and
advocacy.

Related Links and Resources

Criminal Justice Two Year Course Rotation (PDF)
Human Services Two Year Course Rotation (PDF)
Sociology Two Year Course Rotation (PDF)
Four Year Plan of Study
Catalog

Accreditation

The Council for Standards in Human Service Education

Faculty

Arend, Patricia - Sociology
Aryee, Augustine - Sociology
Beausoleil, Marcel - Criminal Justice
Bobea, Lilian - Criminal Justice
Brock, Deon - Criminal Justice
Drawbridge, Dara - Criminal Justice
Grometstein, Randall - Criminal Justice (on sabbatical Fall 2019)
Hancock, John - Human Services
Kellner, Lynne - Human Services
Krell, Megan - Human Services
Miner, Zachary - Sociology
Nwankwo, Jason - Sociology
Ryan, Kori - Human Services
Shane, Christine - Human Services
Weiss, David - Criminal Justice
Wiebe, Richard - Criminal Justice
Williams, Mark - Human Services

Department Highlights

Congratulations to our faculty who during the spring 2018 semester were recognized for the following awards:

Dr. John Hancock received the Contributions to the Graduate Program Award

Dr. John Hancock receiving the Graduate Program Award

Dr. Megan Krell received the Faculty Award for Service

Dr. Megan Krell receiving the Faculty Award for Service

Dr. Elizabeth Walsh received the Vincent J. Mara Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Elizabeth Walsh receiving the Vincent J. Mara Award for Excellence in Teaching

Mission

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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