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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

Faculty from the Behavioral Sciences department at a meeting


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.

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


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 News

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


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