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General Studies: Concentration Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

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Why study General Studies: Concentration Social and Behavioral Sciences at APSU?

If you are a student with an earned associate's degree or have earned college credits with an interest in working with individuals who require social and human services support, then this option can be designed to meet your career goals. It is more broadly based to gain knowledge that promotes support for individuals, families, and communities in the areas of psychology, social and health services, and/or advocacy through local and state government.

What will I learn?

Students will learn the social and psychological factors needed for individuals and families to reach their maximum potential. Legal issues that impact family well-being and group behavior will be explored. Advisor-guided course selections for students will reinforce their background knowledge to perform duties in a variety of possible social-service settings. 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What Do General Studies: Concentration Social and Behavioral Sciences Majors Do After Graduation?

If you are interested in a career working with individuals, families, and/or at-risk groups, then this major can be used for entry-level positions that do not require specialized training. These positions may include working with people who require assistance to improve conditions related to their ability to function socially and/or psychologically.

  • Social Services Assistant
  • Youth Services Worker
  • Community Health Worker
  • Patient Representative
  • Child Advocate
  • Paralegal
  • Elder Care Advocate
  • Graduate School
  • Human Service Assistant
  • Paraprofessional
  • Family Support Worker
  • Correctional Worker
  • Criminal Justice Advocate