Behavioral Science Overview
The Behavioral Science multidisciplinary major primarily uses Psychology and Sociology as its foundation to explore human behavior. Students may select concentrations in Community Health, Gerontology, and Health Services Management. Additionally, this major is a perfect choice for students who are interested in careers in teaching.
The program provides a combination of structure and flexibility, including four required courses and eight major elective courses, making it a feasible choice for transfer students. When selecting major elective courses, students may tailor the program to their particular interests and career goals. Whether you're interested in education, dispute resolution, helping aging populations, or improving healthcare, this program offers many opportunities for career development through credit-earning internships at a variety of NYC area worksites.
With the Behavioral Science major, you’ll be prepared for employment in health related fields and education including:
- health services management
- human resources
- government agencies
- non-profit agencies
- private sector agencies
- mediation and negotiation
The Mercy Advantage
- Flexible schedule: online, day, weekend, and evening classes available , including 8 and 16 week terms
- Three concentrations available
- Two 4+1 programs offered (BS/MS Health Service Management and BS/MS Education)
- Internship opportunities aligned with your interests
Frequently Asked Questions
The Behavioral Science major offers many opportunities to help you decide and prepare for what you want to do after college. A wide variety of courses such as Career and Life Planning Credit, and internships can help you decide. All courses in the Behavioral Sciences are taught by professors who have much experience in a variety of workplaces, schools, corporations, health centers, which they are ready to share with you.
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Yes. The major has 4 required courses and 8 major electives. The 4 required courses must be taken at Mercy. Behavioral and Social Science courses that you have taken already may be evaluated and credited toward your 8 major elective courses.
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, internships and career opportunities.
At the end of this program, students should be able to:
Construct a coherent explanation of major theoretical paradigms and major concepts in psychology and sociology
Identify, and compare quantitative and qualitative methods, research designs, and basic statistical tools during social research
Explain how the study of social class, ethnicity, gender, age, race, and religion can facilitate cultural competencies focusing on how the individual develops in family, school, work, and community
Apply psychological and sociological principles, theories, and research to personal, cultural, and organizational situations
Program Details & Curriculum
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
Behavioral Science: 36 Credits
Open Electives: 24 Credits
Total: 120 Credits