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Behavioral Studies

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The Spring 2024 Semester Starts January 8, 2024

We’re now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 semester!

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    About Our Behavioral Studies Programs

    A degree in behavioral science, psychology, or sociology allows you to delve deep into the workings of the human mind and behavior, simultaneously gaining a comprehensive understanding of the social structures that shape our world.

    Program Options

    Behavioral Science

    The Behavioral Science degree program at Athens State University is committed to guiding students to become psychologically and sociologically literate citizens of the 21st century by providing a broad and balanced understanding of psychology and sociology as a social and natural science. Students pursuing a behavioral science degree gain knowledge, skills, and values consistent with the science and application of psychological and sociological principles.

    The behavioral science degree program emphasizes the value of psychology and sociology for developing insight into one’s own and others’ behavior and mental processes at the individual and institutional levels. In addition, the program focuses on recognizing, understanding, and respecting the complexity of sociocultural diversity.

    Psychology

    The field of psychology provides many opportunities for aspiring professionals like you to change lives. Whether focusing on mental and behavioral health, substance use disorders, or child advocacy, psychology experts are at the forefront of building healthier, more resilient communities.

    You have your choice of two degree options: the Bachelor of Science in Psychology or the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The BA option allows you to complete an approved minor and fast-track your path to graduate studies. The BS option does not require a minor and could be a better fit if you wish to enter the workforce immediately after completing your undergraduate degree.

    Sociology

    The Sociology degree program at Athens State University is committed to guiding students to a deep understanding of how society works by providing a broad and balanced view of sociology as a social and natural science.

    The Sociology degree program emphasizes the value of sociology for developing insight into one’s own and others’ behavior at the institutional level. In addition, the program focuses on recognizing, understanding, and respecting the complexity of sociocultural diversity.


    Why Choose Athens State for Your Behavioral Science Degree?

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    A degree in the Behavioral Studies field is committed to guiding students to become psychologically and sociologically literate citizens by providing a broad and balanced understanding of psychology and sociology as a social and natural science.

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    The Behavioral Studies degree programs emphasize the value of psychology and sociology for developing insight into one’s own and others’ behavior and mental processes at the individual and institutional levels.

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    As the university with the lowest cost of attendance of all public, state institutions in Alabama, Athens State provides you the best value for your investment.


    “Ever since I was a young girl, my goal in life has always been to help others — particularly those with mental health issues. I felt that the best way to achieve this would be by obtaining a degree in psychology.”

    Angelique H.

    Psychology, ’18


    About Athens State University

    Athens State University, the oldest continuously operating higher-education institution in Alabama, is an upper-division university that meets the needs of students often left underserved in other learning environments. We exclusively serve transfer students – whether they’re returning adult learners or younger undergraduate transfers – and provide them with career-focused education that will prepare them to enter the workforce. Our faculty members are uniquely attentive to the needs of both students and employers, and they develop curricula to serve each group equally. Students graduate from Athens State with the confidence to seize control of their careers and find success in their professional endeavors.