The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences endeavors to provide every student in our courses with key elements of a social science education, emphasizing critical thought and analytical skills appropriate to the course level. The School seeks to build major and minor programs in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Political Science, Public Policy, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work in which students are prepared for graduate and /or professional school.
The School encourages applied and experiential learning that prepares students for careers as leaders in public service and private sector employment. To further its social science focus, the School contributes heavily to the university’s principled support of international study via intense upper level course work, general survey courses, and extensive travel abroad teaching/learning experiences, which are open to all SAU students.
In the Saint Augustine’s University Strategic Plan, the Vision Statement clearly positions the University as “a comprehensive urban university”. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences strives to develop relevant discipline and focused courses in criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, political science, psychology, public policy, sociology and social work. To this end, the faculty is strongly encouraged to develop courses on minority politics; international politics, women, gender and class; the politics and social consequences of generational poverty, as well as, race, crime, gender, social equity, cultural and religious diversity and immigration. Other areas of course development include industrial leadership theory, counseling and the psychology of race, race- relations and consequences related to race status in the United States and the African Diaspora.
The faculty of the School pursues excellence in teaching that is informed by scholarship, a commitment to faculty development and professionalism. We acknowledge the central role of student advisement in the teaching/learning mission of Saint Augustine’s University as critical aspects of its core values for higher education. Student advisement and community service round out the School’s commitment to serve our stakeholders as a community of social scientists.
The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is offers degrees in the following areas:
Minors are offered in:
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness