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Behavioral Science and Human Services

Human Relations

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

By integrating several different majors into one department, KWU’s Department of Behavioral Science and Human Services (BSHS) encourages students to see the relationships between subjects in a number of social sciences, such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, ecospheric studies and political science. This integration allows students to easily and seamlessly pursue any of a variety of major-minor and double-major combinations, which will broaden their knowledge and expand their marketability upon graduation. The social science disciplines use the scientific study of actions of and interactions between humans, with the ultimate goal that our students are prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in advanced education or a variety of professional occupations where interacting with people is important.

Department of Behavioral Science & Human Services

BSHS Mission: 

To foster intelligent and compassionate students capable of critical thinking.

We Promote:

  • Excellence
  • Scholarship
  • The scientific method
  • Social responsibility

BSHS Vision: 

To provide the best behavioral science education

BSHS Values:

  • To challenge students academically 
  • To be open, honest and fair 
  • To change in order to improve

Sociology/Criminal Justice Mission: 

To nurture future leaders globally, educationally, culturally and spiritually.

Sociology/Criminal Justice Motto:

Ancora Imparo (“I am still learning.”)

Psychology Mission:  

To develop ethical and analytical students, skilled in communication and knowledgeable in psychology and the human experience.

Major Options

Minor Options

  • Psychology
  • Psychological Services
  • Sociology
  • Social Studies
  • Interdisciplinary minor in Political Science
  • Ecospheric Studies and Community Resilience

Course Descriptions

Kansas Wesleyan’s ties to the Salina community provide a variety of internship and service opportunities for Behavioral Science and Human Services students. Student internships have been arranged with Salina Regional Health Center, St. Francis Community Services, Heartland Family Service, Central Kansas Foundation, psychiatric and mental health centers, and other community organizations. Service opportunities have included involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters, assisting the YMCA, helping with research projects for the City of Salina and Saline County, working with families, and serving with faculty as a resource for the assessment and evaluation of community services. Included in the curriculum are service-learning projects and courses.

For more information, contact Dr. Steve Hoekstra, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, or call 785-833-4362.