School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Welcome to the New College’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, a vibrant school that explores the intersection of human behavior and science.

Through challenging coursework that explores how the human mind works, students and faculty seek to understand how we communicate with one another, how and why we organize into cultural and political groups as it relates to vital causes and issues, and ultimately how we make sense of our world and the many places we occupy within it.

Students work with accomplished faculty who conduct cutting-edge research and are adept at translating knowledge to both undergraduate and graduate classrooms. Students work together to inspire and motivate one another along their journeys as they pursue their academic and career goals.

Graduates are prepared for work in marketing, public relations, behavioral health, politics, psychology, research and data analysis, consulting and sociology, or in any field where excellent communication and critical thinking skills are highly valued. Our graduates are also well prepared to seek advance degrees in a variety of disciplines including communication, psychology, and the law.

Led by Director Scott Barclay, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers five majors and one certificate. With an academically rigorous, career-focused, student-centered approach, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the New College offers an unmatched educational experience.

The mission of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SSBS) is consistent with that of a metropolitan research university. A founding premise of the school is that the study of human behavior, social institutions, and culture can be best understood through interdisciplinary perspectives that integrate diverse intellectual and methodological systems of inquiry.

 Mission Statement:

Mission objectives emphasize the integration of research, teaching, and service, significant and original contributions by faculty and students to the creation of knowledge, and the application of such knowledge to address individual, community, national, and global issues. The SSBS faculty strives to achieve this mission by implementing core themes of diversity, interdisciplinary learning, research and teaching integration, faculty-student collaborative learning and research, community involvement, and global and national perspectives throughout its undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Research Clusters

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences has several intersecting research clusters. These are areas of intellectual and programmatic focus within the School and extending across and beyond ASU. Our research clusters are dynamic and reflect our core and emerging areas of scholarship. These research clusters offer the opportunity to achieve a larger impact, such as through centers, funds to support post-doctoral trainees, and other initiatives. Go to research clusters >

Programs offered include:

  Bachelor’s degree programs:




Labs / Spaces:

Lab/Space Faculty Contact Website
Biosocial Psychology Lab Mary Burleson
Clinical and Legal Judgment Lab Tess Neal
Cognition Computation and Development Lab Zachary Horne
Communication Assessment and Learning Lab Bonnie Wentzel
DynamiCog Lab Nick Duran
Emotion, Culture, and Psychophysiology Lab Nicole Roberts
Health Behavior Research Lab Elias Robles Sotelo
Identity and Intergroup Relations Lab Deborah Hall
Laboratory for Social Judgment, Decision Making and Law Jessica Salerno
Law and Cognition Lab Nick Schweitzer
Perception of Others Virtual Lab Stephen Lewis
Social Relationships and Health Lab Kristin Mickelson
Sport, Media & Culture Lab Jeff Kassing and Lindsey Mean
Stress, Coping and Adaptation Lab Paul Miller n/a
Visualizing Immigrant Phoenix Kristin Koptiuch