Social and Behavioral Sciences (BA)
Accelerated Program

The Social and Behavioral Sciences program at ASU’s West campus immerses students in the psychological and social principles that influence behavior in a variety of social structures, such as community, culture, and family. Students in this program are trained to succeed in careers focused on social advocacy.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a BA in social and behavioral sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus.

The social and behavioral sciences curriculum provides an understanding of assumptions underlying the social and behavioral sciences; develops the students' research skills necessary for analysis of complex social issues; offers a flexible program tailored to the career goals of the individual student; and offers individual and group experiences in working with faculty on concrete intellectual and policy issues.

The core courses provide students with a background suitable to helping them better understand psychological and social principles related to the behavior of individuals across multiple social contexts and institutions (e.g., family, community, society and culture).

Degree Offered

Social and Behavioral Sciences (BA)
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, New College of

Location
West

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Career Outlook

The social and behavioral sciences degree program is an excellent, interdisciplinary option that matches the individual's interests and fulfills many employers' expectations of a bachelor's degree; namely, that it should expose the student to a variety of outlooks and challenges.

Such a degree will be competitive in most situations where disciplinary social and behavioral degrees are accepted and it is advantageous when seeking entry to broad professional programs such as regional planning or urban studies.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 22.3%$39,270
Social and Human Service Assistants 11.4%$29,790
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other8.2%$41,420
Social Science Research Assistants5.6%$39,460
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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