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The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Studies degree from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is an accelerated, inter-disciplinary, 2-year degree completion program for adult students. This degree is offered at the Loop campus and online.
This course-based major is for graduates of community colleges with an Associate's degree who seek broad interdisciplinary preparation for a career in human services, social work, nonprofit management and other related fields.
Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences need an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science (from IL schools; other degrees to be evaluated), or have earned 66 semester credit hours, applicable to the program based on review and evaluation.
The major consists of courses from the Department of Psychology, the College of Communication, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, which offers the majority of courses, including a unique series of Adult Learning Seminars. The courses in the major provide students with multiple perspectives on human behavior, interaction and communications.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Analyze and apply knowledge and theories of behavioral sciences.
- Investigate problems using qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Apply ethical principles in context.
- Explain the value of social justice in behavioral settings.
- Utilize principles of reflective practice in behavioral science.
- Analyze and apply different liberal arts perspectives.
Major Requirements (94 quarter hours)
Understanding Human Behavior (16 credit hours)
|PSY 347||SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY||4|
|DCM 333||ADDICTIONS AND RECOVERY||4|
|or PSY 363||ALCOHOLISM, DRUG ADDICTION AND RECOVERY|
|DCM 307||ANALYZING HUMAN BEHAVIOR||4|
Life Cycle in Context (8 credit hours)
|DCM 323||THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING AND THE AGED||4|
|PSY 302||PERSONAL ADJUSTMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH||4|
Community and Social Justice (12 credit hours)
|DCM 304||EVOLVING PROFESSIONAL ETHICS||4|
|DCM 325||WORK & SOCIETY||4|
|PSY 353||ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY||4|
|or PSY 354||COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY|
Methods (12 credit hours)
|DA 200||DATA ANALYTICS||4|
|or DA 233||APPLIED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS|
|DCM 308||INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS||4|
|DCM 309||APPLIED RESEARCH||4|
Effective Workplace Dynamics (12 credit hours)
|DCM 324||EFFECTIVE GROUP AND PERSONAL DYNAMICS||4|
|ORGC 316||COMMUNICATION AND GROUP DECISION-MAKING||4|
|ORGC 353||COMMUNICATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE||4|
Leadership Theories and Skills (12 credit hours)
|LL 270||CRITICAL THINKING||4|
|DCM 311||CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND NEGOTIATION||4|
|or CCH 299||ASSESSING AND MANAGING CONFLICT|
|DCM 303||LEADERSHIP MODELS FOR STRONG ORGANIZATIONS||4|
Adult Learning Seminars (22 credit hours)
|DCM 313||LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE AND SELF-ASSESSMENT||2|
|DCM 314||LEARNING AND TRANSFORMATION||2|
|DCM 315||EXPLORING THE FIELD||2|
|DCM 316||WORK IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT||2|
|DCM 317||ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS||2|
|DCM 318||SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE PROFESSIONS||2|
|DCM 319||CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING||2|
|DCM 320||PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT||2|
|DCM 321||CAPSTONE PLANNING||2|
|DCM 322||CAPSTONE PROJECT/PORTFOLIO REVIEW||4|