Behavioral Sciences

The major in Behavioral Sciences is an interdisciplinary program encompassing the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. 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 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).

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.

The Behavioral Sciences major requires the student to take three introductory-level behavioral sciences courses: Anthropology 101, Psychology 101, and Sociology 200 or 201. A minimum of 30 upper-division (300 and above) credits in the Behavioral Sciences, including at least two courses in psychology, two in sociology, and one in anthropology, is required, as is six credit hours of upper-level coursework in cognate areas outside of the behavioral sciences.

The Behavioral Sciences major encourages specific vocational tracks shaped to the student’s career goals. Faculty members in Behavioral Sciences are available to advise the student on careers and appropriate course selection.

Please visit the Behavioral Sciences webpage for more information.

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

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 II MCL 105 and MCL 106
Arabic I and II ARBC 101 and ARBC 102
Armenian I and II MCL 111 and MCL 112
French I and II FREN 101 and FREN 102
German I and II GER 101 and GER 102
Latin I and II LAT 101 and LAT 102
Spanish I and II SPAN 101 and SPAN 102
Chinese I and II CHIN 101 and CHIN 102

Pre-Major Requirements

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

Major Requirements

The major also requires a minimum of 39 upper- level (300/400; 3000/4000 level) credits in the Behavioral Sciences as outlined below, including at least three courses in psychology (PSYC), three in sociology (SOC), and two in anthropology (ANTH).
Methods (CABM): Select one course from:3
Doing Anthropology
Lab in Developmental Psych
Lab in Social Psychology
Personality Assessment Lab
Quantitative Reasearch
Program Evaluation
Qualitative Research
Normal/Abnormal Personality (CANA): Select one course from:3
Psychological Anthropology
Abnormal Psychology
Intro to Clinical Psychology
Child Psychopathology
Personality Theory
Deviant Behavior/Soc Disorganz
Human Development (CAHD): Select one course from:3
Nutrition and Health
Life-Span Developmental Psych
Psych of Infant Development
Psych of Child Development
Personality Development
Psychology of Adolescence
Psychology of Aging
Society and Aging
The Family
Health/Biological (CABH): Select one course from:3
Anth of Health and Environment
Human Body, Growth & Health
Medical Anthropology
Human Genetics
Human Osteology
Perspectives in Women's Health
HPS 412
HPS 430
HPS 435
Human Sexual Behavior
Health Psychology
Medical Sociology
Gender (CAGR): Select one course from:3
Intro To Women's & Gender Stud
Men and Masculinities
Gender and Globalization
Perspectives in Women's Health
Gender Roles
Sexualities, Genders, & Bodies
Feminist Theories
Cops & Cons: Women in Prison
Social Class/Economics (CACE): Select one course from:3
Power & Privilege in SE Mich
Poverty and Inequality
American Social Classes
Urban Sociology
Political Sociology
Social Welfare
Race/Ethnicity/Culture (CARE): Select one course from:3
Race and Evolution
Indians of North America
African Exper in the Americas
Anthropology of Latin America
Anth Persp on the Middle East
Kinship and Marriage
Education and Culture
Language and Society
Religion and Culture
Psychology of Prejudice
Diversity and the Workplace
Minority Groups
Black Family in Contemp Amer
Sociology of Religion
Dissed: Differ, Power, Discrim
Groups and Interpersonal Relationships (CAGT): Select one course from:3
Social Psychology
Psychology of Prejudice
Psyc of Interpersonal Relation
Group Processes
Diversity and the Workplace
Marriage and Family Problems
Family Violence
Family, Sexuality, Rights
Dissed: Differ, Power, Discrim
Societal Issues (CASI): Select one course from:3
Education and Culture
Psychology in the Workplace
Poverty and Inequality
The Family
Marriage and Family Problems
Family Violence
Drugs, Alcohol, and Society
Juvenile Delinquency
Social Structure (CASO): Select one course from:3
Power & Privilege in SE Mich
Kinship and Marriage
American Social Classes
Society and Aging
Family, Aging and the Law
America in a Global Society
Drugs, Crime, and Justice
Race, Crime and Justice
Social Welfare
Images of Organizations
Internship: Select one from:3
Psychology Internship
Criminal Justice Internship
Select 6 credits of additional upper level courses from ANTH, PSYC and SOC:6
Total Credit Hours39


  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