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Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The primary focus of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is providing students with the tools and resources necessary so their interest in understanding human behavior and passion for the course of life translate to potential careers or graduate studies.

Explore Our Programs

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Put your research skills, critical thinking abilities, and knowledge about human behavior to work when you major in Psychological Science. This major is a top pick because it leads to an abundance of career opportunities and many avenues for graduate studies.
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The Psychological Science minor is designed to complement other disciplines at Miami and allows you to gain valuable experience in data analysis while providing opportunities to conduct research and participate in experiential service-learning projects.
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Child Life Specialist Certificate

Interested in pursuing a career in the field of child life in a broad range of human services settings? The Child Life Specialist certificate is the perfect compliment to your degree. Offered to both undergraduates and graduates, Miami is one of only two universities in Ohio to provide it.
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Our mission is to provide high quality education in social and behavioral sciences to traditional and non-traditional students. As a department, our goal is to provide a welcoming learning environment that encourages student participation, critical thinking, intercultural understanding, and provide opportunities for scholarly projects, service learning opportunities, and career preparation.

Give to the Department

The pledge to educate tomorrow’s leaders in the field of psychological science is universal. We have numerous scholarships, grants, and programs accepting contributions from donors like you.
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Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Hamilton Campus Mosler Hall 566
Middletown Campus Johnston Hall 203D