Behavioral Sciences

Criminal Justice

Students in this area have the following skill sets:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA and senior standing
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Abstract thinking and problem-assessment skills
  • Analyze data and organize material
  • Written and oral presentation sills
  • Service-oriented, patriotic, loyal, honest, have integrity
  • Understanding of philosophies and processes of criminal justice as an intellectual discipline
  • Familiar with the nature and extent of crime, criminal law and due process, and the interrelated nature of the police, courts and corrections
  • Familiar with basic methods of social research and data analytic techniques

Main campus contact: Dr. Donna Massey, 731-881-7511,

Extended campus contact: Dr. Cindy Boyles, 731-425-9296 or 407-579-3438,


Students in this discipline have the following skill sets:

  • General knowledge of mental health diagnoses
  • Eager for internship experiences (i.e. are highly motivated)
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of statistical methods, which could assist in assessing program outcomes
  • Good track record of "work" behavior in the classroom – good attendance, professional demeanor, etc.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Generally aware of treatments for mental health issues
  • Good problem-solvers
  • Comfortable with computer programs for statistical analysis
  • Able to work independently, but seek supervision as-needed
  • Working on and completing projects
  • Strong interpersonal relations
  • Accept supervision and feedback on work
  • Familiarity and acceptance of working with special populations

Contact: Denise Connell, 731-881-7540,

Social Work

Students in this area have the following skill sets:

  • Interviewing individuals for social histories and other applications
  • Observing and recording behaviors
  • Interpersonal and interactional skills related to the ability to relate meaningfully and comfortably with others
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Knowledge related to changing behavior and enhancing emotional and social growth
  • Consultation and teamwork
  • Knowledge of social work problem-solving and intervention
  • Advocating on behalf of client populations
  • Recognizing the importance of research and practice evaluation
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Implications of social welfare policies
  • Knowledge of theories of human behavior, human development and systems
  • Understanding of the human condition and how various systems impact behavior

Contact: Alicia Maya Donaldson, 731-881-7521,


Students in this area have the following skill sets:

  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Understand global and cultural perspectives
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Think from a holistic social perspective
  • Familiar with statistical, qualitative and theoretical methods to become both civic and global learners
  • Can understand and interact with diverse populations
  • Can understand the macro causes and effects of social problems
  • Analyze information for message, meaning and impact
  • Well-rounded individuals

Contact: Dr. Lindsay Anderson, 731-881-7523,


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