Jun 13, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Catalog

Social Sciences Department


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The Social Science Department provides an introduction to the study of social and political organizations. In lower-division courses, students are exposed to fundamental knowledge concerning the development and operation of societies and cultures, from the broad view of history to the formation of individual values. At the highest level of study, students construct individualized research and applied skills development. The curriculum is integral to the General University Course Requirements (GUCRs). In relation to the degree programs at Heritage, the Social Science curriculum promotes context — a framework for developing the specialized knowledge and skills that lead to criminal justice (law enforcement, corrections, corporate loss prevention), law, public service, nonprofit management, Psychology, and post-baccalaureate degree programs.

Criminal Justice Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Describe the organizations, functions, policies, processes, and the legal environment that make up the criminal justice system in enforcing and adjudicating the law and administering justice
  2. Analyze and explain the social issues and processes that lead to and result from crime, including the behavioral causes and effects of crime
  3. Conduct research and interpret statistical data that may be used for planning, problem solving, decision making, and policy development
  4. Demonstrate an ability to work and communicate effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
  5. Apply critical thinking skills in evaluating principles, systems, policies, practices and situations involving criminal justice practitioners, including their professional and ethical disposition

What jobs are available for criminal justice graduates?

  • Law enforcement officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Probation officer
  • Federal agent
  • Detective/private investigator
  • Corporate security/loss prevention officer
  • Emergency management/Homeland Security officer

 

Psychology Program Goals and Outcomes

From APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, version 2.0

 

GOAL 1: Knowledge Base

1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology

1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains

1.3 Describe applications of psychology

 

GOAL 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena

2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy

2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving

2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research

2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry

 

GOAL 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice

3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships

3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels

 

GOAL 4: Communication

4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes

4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes

4.3 Interact effectively with others

 

GOAL 5: Professional Development

5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals

5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation

5.3 Refine project-management skills

5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity

5.5 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation

 

What jobs are available for psychology graduates?

  • Case manager of mental health worker
  • Researcher or data analyst
  • Crime victim’s advocate
  • At-risk youth worker
  • Social services coordinator
  • Human resources worker or recruiter
  • College development worker

A major in psychology is intended to prepare students for employment in human services in baccalaureate-level positions and for graduate study in applied areas.

 

Recommended Optional Pathways for Psychology Majors:

 

For those interested in pursuing a career focused on working directly with clients (e.g., case worker, psychiatric aide, substance abuse counselor), we recommend exploring the following electives:

 

Course Number

Course Title

PSY 222W

Psychology of Adjustment

PSY 224

Intro to Case Management

PSY 325W

Developmental Psychology

PSY 326

Behavior Modification

PSY 332

Professional Ethics

PSY 335W

Intro to Theories of Personality

PSY 420W

Intro to Abnormal Psychology

PSY 327

Psych of Health/Health Disparities

CRMJ 310

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

SOC 201

Social Problems

SOWK 310A

Survey of Family Violence

SOWK 310D

Human Services with Indigenous Populations

SOWK 335

Addictions

 

For those interested in pursuing a career focused on research or anything requiring graduate/professional school (e.g., physician, clinical psychologist, school psychologist), we recommend exploring the following electives:

 

Course Number

Course Title

PSY 332

Professional Ethics

PSY 335W

Intro to Theories of Personality

PSY 417

Psychology and the Brain

PSY 420W

Intro to Abnormal Psychology

PSY 327

Psych of Health/Health Disparities

PSY 312

Psych of Gender/Sexuality

PSY 485

Research Methods II

CPSC 211

Python I

ENG 410W

Grant Writing

SOWK 335

Addictions

Degrees and Programs Offered

The Social Science Department offers courses to complete the following degrees and programs:

Programs

    Associate of ArtsBachelor of ArtsMinor

    Courses

      Criminal JusticePolitical SciencePsychologySociology

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