Andrews University

Department of Behavioral Sciences
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In 1963 the Behavioral Sciences Department at Andrews University offered its first degree programs in general behavioral sciences, psychology and sociology. Since that time, we have expanded the original offers to include multiple emphases, additional degree areas on the undergraduate level and a graduate degree. The Department averages a total of 80-100 majors per year, making us one of the largest departments at Andrews University. The behavioral sciences are concerned with the study of how human beings think and behave, both as individuals and in social, spiritual and cultural settings. The Departments main areas of study at the Bachelor's degree level include opportunities to major in general behavioral sciences, family studies, health psychology, general and pre-professional psychology, sociology. We also offer minors in each of the above areas plus a minor in anthropology, archeology and geography. In addition, we offer a Master of Science in Community and International Development. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Duane McBride (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 68% Psychology
  • 11% Behavioral SCiences
  • 9% Administration
  • 8% Family Studies
  • 4% Sociology
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

8488 E Campus Drive
Department of Behavioral Sciences
Berrien Springs, MI 49104
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Studies, B.S.
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Philosophy of Service
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Contemporary Social Issues
  • Introduction to Family Studies
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Family Cultural Perspectives
  • Family Violence Across the Lifespan
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Management and Decision Making in the Family
  • Field Experience
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Dynamics of Personal and Social Adjustment
  • Introduction to Health Psychology
  • Human Development-Lifespan
  • Psychology of Early Development
  • The Psychology of Adolescence
  • Youth and Aging
  • Organization and Work
  • Stress Management
  • Learning and Behavior
  • Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Human Sexuality
  • Research Methods I, II, III & IV
  • Social Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Treatment of Substance Abuse
  • Advanced Theories of Addiction and Treatment
  • Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Behavior Modification
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Marriage Dynamics and Growth
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Social Gerontology
  • Substance Abuse in American Society
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • Gender Roles in Contemporary Society
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Death and Grief in Contemporary Society
  • Demography
Undergrad Comments

A Bachelor of Science in Family Studies, like other undergraduate liberal arts degrees, is useful in various entry level positions. Followed by the appropriate graduate degree, this program is an excellent foundation for becoming a clinician, counselor, educator, researcher, program administrator and to work in policy development or juvenile justice. Continuous growth is expected in the Family Studies field, especially jobs in government and non-profit agencies. Areas experiencing the most demand are child care, family and youth ministry, court mediation, gerontology, addiction and developmental disabilities. 

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
November 1998 (Grad)
CFLE Contact
Romulus Chelbegean (UG) or David Sedlacek, Ph.D., CFLE (Grad)
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