Social and Behavioral Sciences Majors

History

History is a basic discipline in any liberal arts education, with its goal to help students understand the development of the cultures, societies, and ideas that have formed the world we live in. In addition, the study of history provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers, including law, teaching, journalism, and government.

Total Requirements: 128 credit hours

Political Science

Political science studies the relationships between governments and individuals, group behaviors related to domestic and international conflict and cooperation; processes and parties involved in domestic policymaking; and issues and actors involved in the international environment. Political science also helps students understand what their rights and responsibilities are as citizens of our localities, states, countries, and the world. The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree presents students with an opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the dominant fields within the political science discipline. The degree prepares students for a wide spectrum of jobs in local, state, and federal governments; domestic and international nonprofit organizations; law, business, and journalism sectors, and educates them to become responsible and knowledgeable citizens. Furthermore, students who choose to continue their education beyond a bachelor’s degree will be well equipped for graduate schools focused on professional, research, and teaching programs.

In addition to a general political science degree, students can choose an emphasis in either American Government/Public Administration or International Relations.

Total Requirements: 128 credit hours

Pre-Law

The goal of this interdisciplinary program is to prepare students for admission to law school and for the completion of a law degree. Although law schools have no specific course requirements for admission, there is a certain knowledge base and set of skills that is useful to law students and to attorneys. This program also equips graduates entering the workforce in non-discipline-specific jobs with the kinds of strong critical thinking, communication, and writing skills that employers continue to seek. The pre-law studies degree is anchored in three major disciplines that develop these skills by providing a strong background in history, philosophy, and political science.

NOTE: Successful completion of this degree program does not guarantee admission into law school. To strengthen the student’s academic background and provide additional career options, a student with a Pre-Law Studies major must complete a second major in another discipline.

Total Requirements: 128 credit hours

Psychology

As part of a liberal arts education, the Psychology major will help students to gain a general knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. The general goal of the program is to offer students a foundation in the history, principles, and methods of the science of psychology. Specifically, a psychology major at Brescia University has three goals: 1) to provide the student with the opportunity to study the ways in which psychology describes and explains both animal and human behavior; 2) to provide the student the opportunity to learn how psychology is applied; and 3) to provide students contemplating graduate training in psychology a solid undergraduate foundation. These goals are accomplished by the treatment of theory, the application of theory, research methodology in various psychology courses, and the opportunity for first-hand experience in the practical applications of psychological principles in the field.

Students can choose an emphasis in Addictions Counseling that will provides students with an innovative and practical education that will inspire them to make substantial contributions in the care and treatment of individuals and families who seek behavioral health care services for various addictions. The completion of this Baccalaureate Degree does not thereby result in certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) according to state regulations, but significantly reduces the number of supervision hours each state requires for such certification. Students should consult the specific state regulations in their home state for exact certification requirements.

Total Requirements: 128 credit hours

Social Studies

The social studies degree is an interdisciplinary program dealing with various dimensions of the person. Such a degree provides a broader perspective than can be developed in a single discipline, and/or provides the secondary teacher with competencies in several areas.

Social Studies with Secondary Teacher Certification

This major allows students to obtain Secondary Teacher Certification (grades 8-12) along with an Social Studies major.

Total Requirements: 128 credit hours