Applying scientific and societal theories to explore the inner workings of our world

The multidisciplinary Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences includes Economics, Human Factors/Ergonomics, Military, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as important aspects of Safety Science and Security Science.

It offers a multidisciplinary Master of Science in Human Factors as well as a Graduate Certificate in Human Factors, tailored to working professionals who want to better understand the interrelationship between humans and technology, environment and other system components as it relates to human performance, limitations and error in simple and complex systems.

The department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Safety Management with special emphasis on safety challenges in virtually every occupational setting, from aviation/aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare and construction to military and government. A Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management and a Graduate Certificate in Occupational Safety Management are offered as well. These programs aim to create world-class leaders, managers and practitioners who want to design safer workplaces, ensure employee wellness, conduct safety audits, and otherwise address industry hazards across a broad range of high reliability organization domains.

Sociology and Psychology courses tie community and social organization and psychological principles to various professional fields. Economics courses make important connections regarding the way that individuals, groups, governments and businesses make resource allocations, and the consequences of those choices for people, nations and society.

The knowledge gained in these areas of study will strongly connect to other courses in the student's degree program and directly translate to the skills required of today's professionals.

The department’s faculty members have research and teaching interests that span a broad range of fields and encourage critical thinking and scientific inquiry to explore social, financial and environmental phenomena nationally, internationally and globally, as well as in their interconnectedness — with several related minors also available.

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Submissions from 2023


Moral Considerations in Political Decision-Making: Differences by Political Orientation and Gender, Christina M. Frederick and Shawn Doherty

Submissions from 2020


Collaboration Between Library, Faculty, and Instructional Design to Increase All Open Educational Resources for Curriculum Development and Delivery, Kelly Whealan-George and Anne Marie Casey

Submissions from 2019


Collaboration Between Faculty and the Library Using OER for Curriculum Development, Kelly Whealan George and Anne Marie Casey

Submissions from 2000


Institutionalization and Conflict Management in the New Europe, Alexander Siedschlag