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Behavioral Sciences

Komanduri S. Murty, Ph. D.
Department Chair
Phone: 478-825-6232
Fax: (478) 825-6161

Cheri Troutman
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 478-825-6232
Fax: (478) 825-6161

The Behavioral Sciences Department is composed of three programs, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology. The Psychology program provides quality instructions to prepare students to pursue careers in psychology and psychology-related fields. An introductory course is provided across the curriculum to most majors as a core elective for the social sciences. The Social Work curriculum is designed to prepare students for professional careers in mental health clinical services, social services, including preparation for immediate employment and graduate study. The curriculum utilizes class and field instructions to develop and strengthen the attitudes, values, skills and knowledge essential for helping to alleviate problems that impair the social functioning of individuals, groups and communities. The Sociology program provides curricula supports the behavioral and social science majors. Core courses are provided to most majors. Content for the various courses emphasize the changes in our dynamic society and cultural diversity. The sociology major curriculum provides a foundation for undergraduates who want to pursue careers in sociological research and teaching sociology in higher education.

Our undergraduate faculty offices are housed in the Horace Mann Bond building, but we live inside the minds and hearts of our students as we work to facilitate learning about human behavior from the intellectual, emotional, and social perspectives. Our majors are often students who are interested in making a difference in individual lives, families and society. We also attract students who want to do research on human behavior, mental health issues or why societal problems exist. .

Our faculty areas of expertise include clinical social work, child and adult psychological services, therapy and counseling skills, social research methods, and violence prevention/intervention. Students engage with professors in and outside the classroom. We believe learning is a full time process that includes class room and Georgia communities. We teach that community service learning through volunteerism and internships will enhance the students’ professional growth and development. To this end we encourage students through class projects, departmental programs, and discipline specific clubs (e.g., Social Work Club and Psychology Club) to provide service in the local community. This is a major tie into the Fort Valley State University mission and goal relevant to outreach in our rural communities. We encourage participation in professional conferences as both attendees and presenters. We invite our students to compete annually with other students through scholarly papers and research on behavioral science issues at the Banks-Pierro-Rutland- Bellamy (BPRB) Behavioral and Social Science Colloquium.

Graduates from the major degree programs have found employment in a variety of work settings including child and adult mental health centers and hospitals (private and public), addiction centers, various school systems, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Department of Health and Human Services, the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, the United States Department of Defense, The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, etc. Other graduates have entered programs for graduate study and hold master’s and doctorate degrees in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or related fields. Many of these professionals also go on to full time or part time private practice.

Our learning community is strengthened by the fact that we have a large number of majors. Yet, we are a relatively small program that can provide individualized attention and support to you at our university. We appreciate your interest in our programs and we hope that you will visit us soon and often.

    • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology
      This program is available as a fully online program. For more information, go to or call: (478) 825-6656.
    • Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
    • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA for all behavioral sciences majors.

    • Complete all courses for the major
    • Pass the Major Area Exam
    • Meet the deadline for application for graduation

  • Banks-Pierro-Rutland-Bellamy Social Science Scholarships are available to qualified student applicants. Each academic year two scholarships are awarded to prospective majors in the social sciences or behavioral sciences (criminal justice, history, political science, psychology, and social work). Each award is for scholastic achievement rather than financial need.

    The Laverne E. Ford Memorial Scholarship is available to underclassmen (freshman or sophomore) that are committed to the field of social service.

    The criteria for scholarship recipients are as follows:

    • An entering freshman who is majoring in Criminal Justice, Sociology or Social Work with an SAT score of 1000 or better, and a high school grade point average equivalent to a B or better.
    • Applications may also be made by undergraduates who are freshman and would like to apply for the scholarship for their 2nd (sophomore) year. They must meet the criteria established for incoming freshman, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better at the University.
    • The scholarship will award up to $1,000 and is renewable for one year. An application must be made for renewal.
  • During the senior year, each Behavioral Science’s major is required to participate in a semester-long internship/practicum. This experience provides majors with on-the-job training. Student interns must receive a satisfactory performance evaluation from the external internship supervisor in order to complete this requirement.

    • Psychology Club
    • Social Work Club
    • Sociology

    • Dr. Komanduri S. Murty, Department Head Bio
    • Dr. Jerry Haywood – Psychology Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Psychology Bio
    • Mr. Ronald Hughley, LCSW - Social Work Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Social Work Bio
    • Dr. Amaris Baraka, LCSW – Assistant Professor of Social Work
    • Dr. Karen Glendenning - Professor of Psychology Bio
    • Dr. Diane Byrd - Assistant Professor of Psychology Bio
    • Dr. Barbara Wyche - Associate Professor of Sociology
    • Ms. Mary Ann van Hartesveldt - Assistant Professor of Psychology Bio
    • Ms. Patsy D. Adams - Assistant Professor of Psychology Bio
    • Dr. Roddrick Chatmon - Assistant Professor of PsychologyBio

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