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Department of Behavioral Sciences


Dr. W. Daniel Martin, Head
Witherspoon Hall, Room 347
(479) 968-0305
wmartin@atu.edu

Professor:
Harris, Willmering
Associate Professors:
Huss, Martin, Osburn, Ward, Wilkerson
Assistant Professors:
Bowne, Lockyer, Schluterman, Ulsperger, Warnick, Williams, Zeng

The Behavioral Sciences Department includes the allied disciplines of psychology, sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, and rehabilitation science, including minors in each area and an Associate of Arts in criminal justice. The student is offered the opportunity to develop an understanding of human behavior via the distinctive approach of each discipline as well as an integrated view of interpersonal, social, and cultural activities.

The department has several distinctive goals. It gives basic preparation which may lead to advanced study; it provides a career line for work in state and local agencies and programs; it provides practical experience and skills in human services; and it offers electives to support other programs of study in the University.

The student may select a major in psychology, sociology, rehabilitation science, or criminal justice. In addition, the student may select an Associate of Arts in criminal justice or a minor in anthropology, psychology, sociology, rehabilitation science, or criminal justice.

While each area outlines a complete program below, one of the objectives of the department is to maintain maximum flexibility of planning with each student within the context of the broad range of offerings. Each student is encouraged to consult with a departmental advisor at the earliest opportunity to develop a program appropriate to his/her interests and goals.

Psychology

The Psychology curriculum is designed to (1) prepare students for advanced study in psychology; (2) support, through electives, programs of study in other disciplines; (3) give a basis for entry into the job market; (4) arouse the curiosity of all students regarding human behavior; (5) provide opportunities for experiences outside the classroom by way of field programs and practical experiences.

The student majoring in psychology must, in addition to meeting the general education requirements:

Basic Core (12 hours):
1.         PSY 2003 General Psychology
2.         PSY 2053 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
3.         PSY 2063 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
4.         PSY 4003 Advanced Research Methods for Psychology

Topical Core (12 hours must be chosen from these classes):
1.         PSY 3003 Abnormal Psychology
2.         PSY 4073 Cognitive Psychology
3.         PSY 3063 Developmental Psychology I
4.         PSY 3053 Physiological Psychology
5.         PSY 3073 Psychology of Learning
6.         PSY 4043 Social Psychology

Other:
1.         Upper Division Elective, PSY 6 hours
2.         ANTH 2003 or ANTH 1213 and SOC 1003
2.         MATH 1113 or higher
3.         BIOL 2004 or BIOL 2014 or BIOL 2124
4.         Minor or Second Major

Curriculum in Psychology
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Humanities1,T 3 Elective3,T 3
MATH 1113T 3 PHSC 10131 3 Fine Arts1,T 3 Elective3,T 3
HIST 2003 or HIST 20131,T 3 PHSC 10211,T 1 PSY 2053T 3 PSY 2063T 3
Elective3,T 3 PSY 2003T 3 BIOL 2014 or 2124T 4 PSY Topical Core4 3
Elective3,T 3 Elective3,T 3 Physical Activity1,T 1 Second Field of Study2,T 3
Elective3,T 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
PSY Topical Core4 6 PSY Topical Core 4 3 PSY (3000-4000 level) 3 PSY 4003 3
Physical Activity1,T 1 Second Field of Study2 3 PSY (3000-4000 level) 3 Elective3 3
Second Field of Study2 3 Second Field of Study2 3 Second Field of Study2 3 Elective3 3
SOC 1003T 3 ANTH 1213 or 2003T 3 Elective3 3 Elective3 3
Elective3 4 Elective3 3 Elective3 3 Elective3 3
    Elective3 2
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Humanities1,T 3 Elective3,T 3
MATH 1113T 3 PHSC 10131,T 3 Fine Art1,T 3 Elective3,T 3
HIST 2003 or HIST 20131,T 3 PHSC 10211,T 1 Elective3,T 3 PSY 2053T 3
Elective3,T 3 PSY 2003T 3 BIOL 2014 or 2124T 4 PSY Topical Core4 3
Elective3,T 3 Elective3,T 3 Physical Activity1,T 2 Second Field of Study2,T 3
Elective3,T 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
PSY Topical Core4 6 PSY Topical Core4 3 PSY (3000-4000 level) 3 PSY 4003 3
PSY 2063T 3 Second Field of Study2 3 PSY (3000-4000 level) 3 Elective3 3
Elective3 4 Second Field of Study2 3 Second Field of Study2 3 Second Field of Study2 3
SOC 1003T 3 ANTH 1213 or 2003T 3 Elective3 3 Elective3 3
    Elective3 3 Elective3 3 Elective3 3
Elective3 2
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2A minor may be used to fulfill the 2nd field of study.
3At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
4See appropriate options in "Topical Core".
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor
Psychology

The psychology minor is designed for students of any major who want to pursue an understanding of human behavior through psychology. Many majors could benefit from the psychology minor, but majors that are especially compatible include biology, business education, nursing, pre-med, pre-law, rehabilitation science, and sociology. The minor in psychology requires 18 hours of courses:

PSY 2003 General Psychology
PSY Electives (3 hours)
PSY Electives (12 hours of 3000 or 4000 level)

Rehabilitation Science
Dr. Lyman Harris, Director
Witherspoon 336-E
(479) 968-0457
lharris@atu.edu

The Rehabilitation Science curriculum is designed to produce undergraduate rehabilitation generalists who have training and experience conducive to successful careers in various rehabilitation service programs. Within the Rehabilitation Science major six areas of emphasis are offered: 1) Addictions, 2) Aging, 3) Child Welfare, 4) Corrections, 5)Social Services, and 6) Vocational Rehabilitation.

The primary objective of the program is to develop personnel for careers with state and private agencies providing rehabilitation services to individuals with a disability. Until such time as the student enters graduate school, he/she may work in a variety of roles such as caseworker, evaluator, parole officer, probation officer, juvenile intake officer, children and family service worker, or a number of rehabilitation service-provider roles in direct service agencies or institutions. Examples of these agencies and institutions are state rehabilitation services, departments of social services, mental retardation centers, mental hospitals, correctional facilities, nursing homes, halfway houses, sheltered workshops, employment security divisions, disability determination, and occupational skills training schools.

The student majoring in rehabilitation science must, in addition to completing the general education requirements:

  • complete the rehabilitation and related required core, including 12 hours of field placement or a 12-hour internship in rehabilitation science. If the field placements are taken instead of an internship, the student must take one placement course in the core rehabilitation area, one in the chosen primary emphasis area, and one in the chosen secondary emphasis area.
  • complete a minimum of 12 non-field placement hours in a primary emphasis area and 6 hours of the indicated courses in a secondary emphasis area. Emphasis areas available are vocational rehabilitation, social services, aging, corrections, child welfare and addictions.
Curriculum in Rehabilitation Science
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Biology2,T 4 ANTH 1213 or 2003T 3
RS 2003 3 PSY 2003T 3 PSY 2053T 3 PSY 2074 or SOC 3163 3-4
SOC 1003T 3 PHSC 10131,T 3 RS 3013 3 Elective or Emphasis Area3,T 6-5
MATH 1113T 3 PHSC 10211,T 1 ElectiveT 3 RS 3004 4
Physical Activity1,T 1 Physical Activity1,T 1 PSY 3063T 3
ElectiveT 3 ElectiveT 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
RS 3023 3 RS 3123 3 RS 3133 3 RS 40_44 4
RS 3073 3 PSY 3003T 3 RS 40_44 4 Social Sciences1, T 3
Fine Arts1,T 3 Humanities1,T 3 Elective or Emphasis Area3 9 Elective or Emphasis Area3 8
Elective or Emphasis Area3 6 RS 40_44 4
Elective or Emphasis Area3 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Any General Education biology course is acceptable except BIOL 2134.
318 hours of emphasis area courses are required. 12 hours in a primary emphasis and 6 hours in a secondary emphasis.
4Students who choose to complete a 12 hour internship (RS 4012) will do so either their last or next to last semester and will not take the three field placements RS 40_4.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor
Rehabilitation Science

The rehabilitation science minor is designed primarily for psychology and sociology majors who want to add an applied dimension to their degree and are interested in working in a human services setting after completing degree requirements. It may also be of interest to business majors interested in working in human resources, nursing majors, education majors, and other degree programs. The minor in rehabilitation science requires 18 hours of courses:

RS 2003 Introduction to Rehabilitation Services
RS 3023 Principles and Techniques of Rehabilitation Science
*RS Electives (12 hours)

*Students who choose to complete a minor in rehabilitation science should consult with a rehabilitation science faculty member to discuss course selection and how they want their RS minor to supplement their major.

Sociology

The Sociology curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment in a range of careers or for advanced study in sociology, law, criminology, criminal justice, counseling, education, research, population, social work or other related fields. Sociology prepares majors to deal with the constant social change that is today’s world. In addition to understanding the organization of social groups and the human behaviors that comprise everyday social life, sociologists remain important contributors to the collection of data pertaining to these levels of human behavior. The undergraduate sociology major learns to identify problems, formulate appropriate questions, search for answers, analyze data, organize information, and express themselves in written and spoken communication. The undergraduate major provides a strong liberal arts degree for entry-level positions throughout the business, social service, and government worlds. In addition to the general education requirements, a student majoring in sociology must complete: (1) 30 hours of sociology including SOC 1003, 2073, 2083, 3163, 2053 (At least 18 credits must be upper division); (2) Complete a minor or major in a second field of study; (3) PSY 2003; (4) RS 2003; ANTH 1213 or ANTH 2003; and (5) COMS 1003.

Curriculum in Sociology
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 SOC 2053T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 ANTH 1213 or 2003T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Fine Arts/Humanities1 3
Physical Activity1,T 1 Social Sciences1,T 3 PSY 2003T 3 SOC 2083T 3
SOC 1003T 3 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3 SOC 2073T 3 SOC Elective(3000-4000 level) 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 SOC 2063T 3 Physical Activity1 1
MATH 1113T 3 Gen. Elec2 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 18 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Elec - Minor 3 SOC Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 SOC Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 SOC 4283 3
RS 2003T 3 SOC 3163 3 Elec - Minor 3 Elec - Minor 3
Elec - Minor 3 Elec - Minor 3 Elec - Minor 3 Gen Elec2 3
Gen Elec2 3 Gen Elec2 3 Gen Elec2 3 Gen Elec2 3
SOC Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 Gen Elec2 3 Gen Elec2 3 Gen Elec2 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 ANTH 1213 or 2003T 3 SOC 2053T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4
Physical Activity1,T 1 Gen. Elec2 3 SOC 2083T 3 SOC 2073T 3
SOC 1003T 3 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3 SOC 2063T 3 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1T 3 Physical Activity1 1 PSY 2003T 3
MATH 1113T 3 Gen. Elec2 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 18 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
SOC 3163 3 RS 2003T 3 Elec - Minor 3 Elec - Minor 3
SOC Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 SOC Elective (3000-4000 level) 6 SOC Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 Elec - Minor 3
Elec - Minor 3 Elec - Minor 3 Elec - Minor 3 Gen. Elec2 3
Gen. Elec2 3 Gen Elec2 3 SOC 4283 3 Gen. Elec2 3
Gen Elec2 3 Gen. Elec2 3 Gen. Elec2 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2To be chosen in consultation with advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue a foreign language. At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor
Sociology

The sociology minor is designed to prepare students for employment in a range of careers that require an understanding of social processes and institutions. In addition, the sociology minor is provided for students whose major department requires a minor. The minor in sociology requires 18 hours of courses:

SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology
SOC 3133 Self and Society or CJ/SOC 2033 Social Problems
SOC Electives (12 hours)

Associate of Arts
Criminal Justice

The Associate of Arts degree program in criminal justice is designed primarily for students interested in police work at levels other than Federal. This degree will provide the basic, foundational, knowledge to supplement the police academy experience.

Completion of the requirement for the associate’s degree will provide the necessary background for those continuing study towards a bachelor’s degree. To qualify for the Associate of Arts in criminal justice, the student must satisfy the associate degree requirements, see "General Education Requirements" of this catalog and complete the following curriculum:

Curriculum Hours
General Education courses1 37
CJ/SOC 2003 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ/SOC 2043 Crime and Delinquency 3
SOC/CJ 2033 Social Problems 3
Criminal Justice Electives 9
Electives 7
Total 62
1See "General Education Requirements".  

Minor
Criminal Justice

The criminal justice minor is designed to prepare students for a career in the field of criminal justice, e.g. police work, probation/parole or corrections. In addition, the criminal justice minor is provided for students whose major department requires a minor. The minor in criminal justice requires 18 hours of courses:

CJ 2003 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 2043 Crime and Delinquency
CJ Electives (12 hours)

MOU Between ATU and NSU

Arkansas Tech University (ATU) and Northwestern State University (NSU) have agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for a 2+2 program between the two institutions. The 2+2 program will allow students to complete the Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice at ATU and transfer in to the Bachelor of Art Degree in Criminal Justice at NSU. More information may be obtained from the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Minor
Anthropology

The minor in anthropology concentrates on the areas of cultural anthropology. Within this subdivision, the emphasis concerns historic and contemporary cultures (ethnography) and prehistoric cultures (archeology). The Russellville Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey is located on the Arkansas Tech University campus and offers traditional opportunities in the state for students interested in anthropology. The minor in anthropology requires 18 hours of courses:

ANTH 1213 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 2003 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH Electives (12 hours)