Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences

The Fort Valley State University Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences is the location for students interested in career in politics, government, law, law enforcement, education, psychology, social work, mental health services, or social services, and other careers of consequence to society.

The department currently offers five four-year degree programs:

  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice (available face-to-face and fully online)
  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History
  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science (available face-to-face and fully online)
  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology (available face-to-face and fully online)
  • The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Minors are also available in

  • Criminal Justice
  • Geography
  • Gerontology
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

Descriptions of the programs can be found on the respective majors and minors pages, and requirements for them are located on the Department’s Degree Maps page.

The department has hundreds of students pursuing degrees and full-time faculty members with various research interests. Faculty members have authored books, published numerous scholarly articles and book reviews, and contributed to major reference works. They have served as consultants, presented papers at national professional conferences, and served on the editorial boards of academic journals.

The Behavioral & Social Sciences Department learning community is strengthened by its large number of majors. At the same time, the  relatively small program can provide individualized attention and support to students.

The department also offers its students the opportunity to participate in a number of Student Clubs and Organizations which help them develop real-world experience and leadership skills. These groups include:

  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Fort Valley Historical Society
  • Psychology Club
  • Social Work Club
  • Sociology Club

For more information about the activities of the Department and its many faculty, visit the Department’s Annual Reports page.