Dr. Jeffrey Sargent, Chairperson
The Behavioral and Social Sciences Department has as its mission preparing students for occupations such as social work, counseling, law, human services administration, teaching and pastoring as well as for graduate and professional schools in areas concerned with human behavior and the social world. We believe our students should be taught the Christian perspective on the behavioral and social sciences and should plan to be involved in vocations that fulfill the great commission of Jesus. A broad liberal arts undergraduate education should expand the students’ understanding of their own social context, increase their knowledge of individual behavior and facilitate their adjustment to a rapidly changing social world by preparing them to recognize and appreciate cultural diversity. We offer majors in Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology. Teacher licensure can be obtained in psychology for 9th through 12th grade. Minors are offered in psychology and sociology, as well as practical minors in social work and counseling, which include practicums and courses in social work and counseling.
Professors Murl Dirksen and Richard Jones
Lecturer Alan Wheeler
Professors Susan Ashcraft, Paul Conn, Robert Fisher, Trevor Milliron and Jeffrey Sargent
Professor Michael Dieterich (European Theological Seminary)
Associate Professors Richard Albright, Heather Lewis-Quagliana, and H. Edward Stone
Assistant Professors Jerome Hammond, Byran Poole and Kirstee Williams
Professor Karen Mundy
Associate Professor Arlie Tagayuna
Assistant Professor of Sociology Ruth Wienk
The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology is designed to provide an understanding of human beings and human society with respect to both culture and biology. Students are exposed to a broad historical and comparative framework within which to view the variety of human cultures. Coursework deals with basic anthropological concepts, ethnographic and quantitative research techniques, and substantive knowledge of the branches of the field, e.g., physical anthropology, social and cultural anthropology, ethnology, archeology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. Anthropology as a major is primarily intended for those students who want to pursue anthropology at the graduate level; however, an anthropology major could be used as preparation for careers in governmental and private social service agencies, museums, ethnic and immigrant organizations, elementary and secondary schools, health care agencies that serve diverse populations, foreign service and foreign aid agencies, businesses with international and inter-ethnic scope and missions-evangelism.
The psychology major prepares students for careers in psychology and for graduate studies. Graduates from this program are equipped with the knowledge necessary to be successful practitioners and researchers. Our graduates work in a variety of settings including mental health centers, hospitals, laboratories, business, churches, and schools. The program at Lee integrates behavioral science with Christian faith. The psychology major is designed for those intending to continue their study of psychology at the graduate level (PSYCH.BA) as well as those seeking teacher licensure as preparation for school counseling (PSYCH.BAT). However, knowledge of psychology is also an asset in such fields as management, sales, personnel work, information systems, pastoral care, law, computer science and public relations. Psychology helps individuals understand human behavior and enhances social skills, communication and problem solving skills.
The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology will prepare students for employment in various occupations as well as equip them to enter graduate or law school. The sociology student may pursue a general course of study in sociology or focus on one of the five emphases in the discipline: (1) criminology and law, (2) graduate studies, (3) family studies, (4) human services (social work), or (5) cross-cultural studies. Sociology is a major which encourages a liberal arts perspective and broad discipline-training, with required courses in social theory, statistics and research methods. Students develop skills in writing, critical thinking and quantitative methods and are prepared to enter a culturally diverse world.
The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers minors in anthropology, counseling, criminology, psychology, sociology and social work. A minimum of 18 hours is required for a minor in psychology, anthropology, criminology, counseling, or sociology.