Behavioral Sciences

The major in Behavioral Sciences is an interdisciplinary program primarily encompassing the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and sociology, as well as several courses from criminal justice studies, health policy studies and women and gender studies. It is designed as a general preparation for a career in human services such as social work, counseling, criminology, or prevention/treatment programs in mental health. The idea for combining the three primary fields is based on the belief that it is important for an individual who plans to work with people to understand human beings as individuals (psychologically) who function in groups (social psychologically) within a social context (sociologically) which varies across cultures (anthropologically). These disciplinary perspectives offer different but complementary views of people. In order to understand, predict, or influence human behavior, one needs some comprehension of how humans develop, the problems they confront, the organization or structure in which they function, and how and why these go awry. It is also critical to have some exposure to the methods employed by behavioral scientists and some actual experience in the working world of the human services.

To enroll in this program, a student must develop a list of courses which are appropriate for her/his career goals or interests and which satisfy the requirements listed below. This list should be prepared in consultation with, and approved by, the Behavioral Sciences advisor, Roger Loeb. The major encourages specific vocational tracks shaped to the student’s career goals. Specific career and appropriate course selection advice is available as follows: Administrative/Management (McKenna, Waung), Adulthood and Aging (Aronson, Sethuraman, Whitehead), Children and Families (Aronson, Forsythe-Brown, Sethuram an, Sheldon), Community Organizations (Draus, Hymes, McKenna, Price, Reppond), Clinical/Counseling (Chatkoff, Leonard, Loeb, Siefert, Wrobel), Health (Chatkoff, Draus, McAuslan, Martin, Straub), Individuals in Society ( Brainer,Draus, Forsythe-Brown, Gruber, Hubbard, Price).

Prerequisites to the Major

The  major requires the student to take three  introductory-courses, one in each of the primary disciplines:

ANTH 101Introduction to Anthropology3
or ANTH 202 World Cultures
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 170 or PSYC 171 prior to Fall 2014)3
SOC 200Understanding Society3
or SOC 201 Contemporary Social Problems
Total Credit Hours9

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits


Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete a two-semester beginning language sequence.

Ancient Greek I and IIMCL 105 and MCL 106
Arabic I and IIARBC 101 and ARBC 102
Armenian I and IIMCL 111 and MCL 112
French I and IIFREN 101 and FREN 102
German I and IIGER 101 and GER 102
Latin I and IILAT 101 and LAT 102
Spanish I and IISPAN 101 and SPAN 102

Major Requirements

The major also requires a minimum of 39 upper- level (300/400; 3000/4000 level) credits in the Behavioral Sciences including at least three courses in psychology, three in sociology, and two in anthropology. These courses must include one course from each of the following categories and additional elective courses from this list to complete 39 credits:33
Methods (CABM):
ANTH 470Doing Anthropology3
PSYC 415Lab in Developmental Psych3
PSYC 425Lab in Social Psychology4
PSYC 4445Personality Assessment Lab4
SOC 410Quantitative Research4
SOC 411Program Evaluation3
SOC 413Qualitative Research3
Normal/Abnormal Personality (CANA):
ANTH 482Psychological Anthropology3
PSYC 440Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 441Intro to Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 442Child Psychopathology3
PSYC 450Personality Theory3
SOC 436Personality and Society3
SOC 465Deviant Behavior/Soc Disorganz3
Human Development (CAHD):
ANTH 415Nutrition and Health3
PSYC 300Life-Span Developmental Psych3
PSYC 301Psych of Infant Development3
PSYC 302Psych of Child Development3
PSYC 315Personality Development3
PSYC 407Psychology of Adolescence3
PSYC 412Psychology of Aging3
SOC 426Society and Aging3
SOC 445The Family3
Health/Biological (CABH):
ANTH 325Anth of Health and Environment3
ANTH 409Human Body, Growth & Health3
ANTH 430Medical Anthropology3
ANTH 435Human Genetics3
ANTH 459Human Osteology3
HPS 336Perspectives in Women's Health3
HPS 412Principles of Epidemiology3
HPS 430Health Behavior & Health Educ3
HPS 435Obesity and the Lifecourse3
PSYC 446Human Sexual Behavior3
PSYC 455Health Psychology3
SOC 440Medical Sociology3
Gender (CAGR):
ANTH 303Intro To Women's & Gender Stud3
ANTH 412Men and Masculinities3
ANTH 481Gender and Globalization3
HPS 336Perspectives in Women's Health3
PSYC 405Gender Roles3
SOC 366Sexualities, Genders, & Bodies3
SOC 409Feminist Theories3
SOC 461Cops & Cons: Women in Prison3
Social Class/Economics (CACE):
ANTH 376Power & Privilege in SE Mich3
SOC 350Poverty and Inequality3
SOC 423American Social Classes3
SOC 435Urban Sociology3
SOC 450Political Sociology3
SOC 477Social Welfare3
Race/Ethnicity/Culture (CARE):
ANTH 340Race and Evolution3
ANTH 370Indians of North America3
ANTH 371African Exper in the Americas3
ANTH 372Anthropology of Latin America3
ANTH 373Anth Persp on the Middle East3
ANTH 420Kinship and Marriage3
ANTH 421Education and Culture3
ANTH 425Language and Society3
ANTH 440Religion and Culture3
PSYC 322Psychology of Prejudice3
PSYC 3955Diversity and the Workplace3
SOC 403Minority Groups3
SOC 449Black Family in Contemp Amer3
SOC 455Sociology of Religion3
SOC 4045Dissed: Differ, Power, Discrim3
Groups and Interpersonal Relationships (CAGT):
PSYC 320Social Psychology3
PSYC 322Psychology of Prejudice3
PSYC 325Psyc of Interpersonal Relation3
PSYC 421Group Processes3
PSYC 3955Diversity and the Workplace3
SOC 446Marriage and Family Problems3
SOC 447Family Violence3
SOC 451Family, Sexuality, Rights3
SOC 4045Dissed: Differ, Power, Discrim3
Societal Issues (CASI):
ANTH 421Education and Culture3
PSYC 4305Psychology in the Workplace3
SOC 350Poverty and Inequality3
SOC 445The Family3
SOC 446Marriage and Family Problems3
SOC 447Family Violence3
SOC 466Drugs, Alcohol, and Society3
SOC 469Juvenile Delinquency3
Social Structure (CASO):
ANTH 376Power & Privilege in SE Mich3
ANTH 420Kinship and Marriage3
CRJ 468Criminology3
SOC 423American Social Classes3
SOC 426Society and Aging3
SOC 457Family, Aging and the Law3
SOC 460America in a Global Society3
SOC 467Drugs, Crime, and Justice3
SOC 473Race, Crime and Justice3
SOC 477Social Welfare3
SOC 483Images of Organizations3
PSYC 485Psychology Internship3,6
CRJ 478Criminal Justice Internship3-6
Select 6 credits of additional upper level courses from ANTH, PSYC and SOC:6
Total Credit Hours324-330


  1. PSYC 485 or CRJ 478 must be elected at UM-Dearborn.
  2. At least 24 of the 39 upper level hours in ANTH, PSYC, and SOC for the Behavioral Science major must be elected at UM-Dearborn.
  3. Many courses are cross listed between the ANTH, PSYC and SOC disciplines. Be sure to consult the Schedule of Classes for cross listed classes.
  4. Any one course may be used to satisfy only one requirement within the major.
  5. A maximum of 48 credit hours in any one discipline (ANTH, PSYC, SOC) is allowed toward degree.

Honors Program in Behavioral Sciences

Behavioral Science students are eligible for the Honors Program which provides special opportunities for outstanding students, including a research training seminar, followed by independent research conducted in collaboration with faculty members. Students are accepted into the Honors Program early in their junior year. Prospective students should plan on completing the statistics and methods requirements by their junior year. Requirements for entrance are 1) GPA of 3.2 or higher in behavioral science courses and overall UM-Dearborn courses, and 2) informal evidence of being a superior student, such as high motivation and ability to work independently. Requirements for graduation with honors in behavioral science are the successful completion of the following:

  • Fulfillment of all requirements for Behavioral Sciences major
  • PSYC 381 Principles of Statistics and Experimental Design
  • PSYC 481 Computers in Psychology, normally taken Fall term, senior year
  • PSYC 498 (Honors Seminars) normally taken Winter Term, junior year
  • PSYC 499 (Honors Research) normally completed during senior year
  • Research Proposal meeting, normally completed early in senior year
  • Final Oral Defense, completed at least one month prior to graduation