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The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at William Penn University focuses on the individuals as well as the structures of groups they comprise, emphasizing the role historical, psychological, social, historical and/or theological forces have on human behavior.

Upon completion of one of our programs, students will have the practical experience, structured researching techniques, and the ability to understand key concepts in their chosen field.

Faculty in the division promote personal, social, and professional development in their students and cultivate the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitude to facilitate a broad and deep understanding of oneself and society within a larger personal, social-cultural, and historical context.

Students can major in history, human services, political science, psychology and sociology (with the option of a criminology emphasis), as well as minor in all of the majors and religion.

The history major provides students with a systematic approach to historical consciousness, assessment of significant trends and patterns relating the past to the present; providing a better foundation upon which to solve contemporary problems.

The political science major provides an understanding of political, constitutional, economic, social, cultural, and international policy issues and implications. Students who major in political science are provided with an understanding of political, constitutional, economic, social, cultural, and international policy issues and implications.

The human services major fosters the development of knowledge, skills, and experiences required of professionals who work in public and private human service agencies and organizations.

The psychology major provides students with a scientific understanding of psychological structures and processes associated with human development, cognition, motivation, learning, and other key concepts. Students who complete a major in psychology will have an ability to utilize and evaluate psychological research and knowledge, as well as to communicate and apply interpersonal skills necessary for further psychological study and practice.

The sociology major provides students with a solid foundation of substantive sociological knowledge, emphasizing sociological theory and research methodology. Students who complete a major in sociology will have an enhanced understanding of human aggregate behavior, skills in utilizing and evaluating social research.

The religion minor is complementary to any major. This minor provides students with knowledge on religious beliefs and traditions that affect nearly every aspect of human life. The curriculum challenges students to use critical reasoning to think beyond their own personal beliefs.

William Penn’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Division faculty members enjoy the sociological richness that is provided by Penn’s diversity. Student engagement is evident throughout the division in a variety of ways, including Student Symposiums and individualized research proposals. The faculty members are Michael Collins, Ph.D. Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, Professor of Sociology; Michael O. Johnston, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology; Brooke Sherrard, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of History; Randall Nichols, D.Min. Assistant Professor of Religion and Sarah Kienzler, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology.

For more information about the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at William Penn University, contact Dr. Collins at collinsm@wmpenn.edu

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