Behavioral Sciences Department

Examine how human beings think and behave, both as individuals and in social, spiritual, and cultural settings.
A shot of the Antonucci Science Complex from the quad

The Behavioral Sciences Department includes four undergraduate programs: Sociology, Human Services, Criminal Justice, and the 4 +1 Police Program. 

Collaborate in classes that foster professional and personal growth while learning pragmatic skills and academic issues associated to specific majors.

Majors and Concentrations

Criminal Justice

Prepare for a career in criminal justice (this includes our 4+1 Police Certification Concentration program). 

Human Services

Prepare to excel in careers of direct service to individuals, families, and communities.


The study of our communities as well as the people in them.  

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)

Graduate Degrees

Graduate Certificate


Course Rotations, Plan of Study, and University Catalog


The Council for Standards in Human Service Education

Meet Our Faculty

Behavioral Sciences Faculty

Criminal Justice Honor Society

Fitchburg State University is home to the Xi Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. For more information about Alpha Phi Sigma visit their website.

Academic excellence, leadership, service, and unity are the core values of Alpha Phi Sigma. Our members represent the top 35% of all Criminal Justice students and are moral, ethical, and scholarly community leaders both in and out of the classroom.

Chapter Advisor: Eileen Kirk
2023-2024 Chapter President: TBD

2022 Inductees:
Scott Cormier, Helen Dyer, Jordyn Gagliardi, Emily Grant, Travis Morcaldi, Jenna Morse, Adelys Ortega, Tara Prosser, Brienna Rosa, Connor Smith, Alex Stellato

Group photo of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society 2022 Inductees

Go Beyond the Classroom

Study Abroad

Go beyond the classroom and study the world through travel. 


Hands-on experience that prepares you for your career. 
Portrait of human services Winter 2023 graduate Nadieska Diaz Araujo

Student Stories

Nadieska Diaz Araujo, a December 2023 graduate, found engagement was the key to success. She took advantage of caring counselors at school, and dedicated social workers at home.

Questions? Get in touch!

Please reach out with any questions you might have, either through the contact information below or by contacting Michelle Chadwick at