Behavioral Science (B.A.)

B.A. in Behavioral Science

Behavioral Science is a social science major that analyzes why people behave in certain ways, as well as what certain behaviors mean.

The Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science at Columbia College is an interdisciplinary degree that provides students with diverse perspectives with which to address problems and find solutions. Students study ways to understand behavior and solve social problems. They are educated on the science of human behavior and learn about the effects of human reactions and emotions on social interaction, decision-making, and relationships. They also study cultural norms and standards, and should learn to understand root causes of social diseases such as racism, classism, or gender bias. Students learn theories of social development as well as different ways to promote constructive behaviors. Students receive a broad foundation from psychology, sociology, and related fields.

In the Behavioral Science program, students use scientific methods to learn the motives for certain types of behavior, or how the way that we behave influences others. Our students learn to use interviews, observation, and many other techniques to contribute to knowledge about behavior. A course in statistics is also required in order to show how to interpret that information.

What can you do with a B.A. in Behavioral Science?

A bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science enables graduates to move forward with options in many careers, such as counseling, social work, occupational therapy, criminal justice, or social analysis and planning.


Professor Debra Stayner, Behavioral Science Program Coordinator
Wil Lou Gray 114
phone: 803-786-3445