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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.

Major Options

Minor Options

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

Course Descriptions

More information about the majors and courses for the Division of Behavioral Science and Human Services

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


Internships and Service Opportunities
Hands-On Learning

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 and 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.

Members of the Psychology Club at KWU, Kappa Psi Upsilon, have worked together on community initiatives. In November 2015, students assisted the faculty in hosting the statewide PERK15 conference for the Association of Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas. The honors society for Behavioral Science at KWU is Pi Gamma Mu, with invitations for induction based on GPA in each student’s major and awards presented at Honors Convocation during Spring Commencement weekend.