The School of Behavioral Sciences:
The School of Behavioral Science house two departments. The Chair of Human Behavior and the Department of Psychology offer a total of five separate programs. Within the Human Behavior Department the following programs are offered:
Within the Psychology Department a two graduate programs in the field of Counselling Psychology are in the process of being developped, and for now only the following programs can be taken:
The Department of Human Behavior:
The Department of Human Behavior offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary program designed to provide the student with fresh knowledge and understanding of human behavior as viewed from a psychological, sociological, and educational vantage point. The program is based on the philosophy that human behavior is an open system, constantly evolving in its dynamics and multi-dimensionality as a response to ecological, socio-cultural and philosophical, as well as scientific changes. As such, human behavior is deservingly worthy of a global approach to study.
Inherent in the program is the objective of providing the students with those educational and research activities, which are conducive to the enhancement of self-growth as, related to better understanding of human factors prevailing in our present world. Human Behavior programs can be viewed as a catalyst through which a person can learn to be a better human being in terms of becoming more aware of, and sensitive to, his fellow man, society and culture, with due respect for a humanistic world view.
At the Bachelor's level, the program addresses the basics in man's attempts at knowing himself as a biological masterpiece affected by sociocultural, philosophical, psychological and educational factors as the individual dynamically passes through different developmental stages. The students enrolled in this program become familiar with the theoretical and empirical development in psychosocial fields with due attention paid to the philosophical and existential aspects of man's life around the world. In addition, the program also prepares the students for further academic exploration and achievement at advanced levels. .
The graduate programs in Human Behavior address themselves to man's understanding about man. These programs are so designed as to be futuristic in orientation while rooted in history. Irrelevant of geographical boundaries, the goals and aspirations of these programs are based on these assumptions: that man is a dynamic biosocial being, constantly subjected to the man‑made, as well as natural, evolutionary process; that man is potentially capable of understanding himself, others and his environment with the aid of an interdisciplinary and comprehensive body of knowledge; that man, equipped with such knowledge, can be instrumental in bringing about positive changes, not only in his environs, but also in himself and his fellow man; that man's self‑actualization and transcen-dence are attainable through his benevolent creativity and his practice of life-affirming value systems which are respectful toward man's existence with no reference to color, race, nationality and cultural heritage. The analytic review of knowledge, based upon the above assumptions, thus far accumulated, constitutes the core subject matter of these programs.
The actualization of philosophical aspirations and the attainment of objectives of the Department of Human Behavior become evident in the action‑oriented programs, which are geared toward the following goals: to aid the student in growing along with the growth in the field of human knowledge and understanding; to assist the student in acquiring the knowledge necessary for playing his role in facilitating positive changes in his socio-cultural environment; to assist the student in gaining a better insight into his own potential and thus develop such potential toward a more self‑actualizing level; to aid the student in developing an interest and research capability into a unique exploratory project worthy of publication in scientific journals.
The Department of Psychology:
The programs offered in the Department of Psychology are designed for self‑motivated students who wish to engage in a problem centered approach to learning and to integrate personal development with their professional training. The curriculum fosters development of the analytical skills needed to understand complex human processes such as motivation, creativity, achievement, decision making, leadership, and integration of personal and social values.
The Master of Arts in Psychology program is designed to teach the student how to interact with people as a health care professional. The basic goal of the program is to equip professionals with sufficient self-knowledge, skill and flexibility to adapt to new situations and create new professional forms to fit current and future social needs. The Master of Arts in Psychology is considered a non-terminal degree as it is generally the foundation for further study in Psychology.
The Doctor of Psychology program is designed to train the student as an independent health care professional. The program is heavily oriented to the development of skills training, while not sacrificing a firm knowledge base. The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling program is designed for Professionals who have the desire or need for the post-graduate degree for either personal or professional advancement.