The Department of Behavioral Sciences offers majors in criminal justice, psychology, social work and sociology. The department provides students with opportunities to gain work experience outside the traditional academic setting, which includes public service and research related to the needs of the university, the community, the region and respective professional fields. Students participate in out-of-class learning experience through discipline-specific organizational memberships, research, conferences and workshops, travel studies, fieldwork and internships. Please see the categories below for information on credit hours and related contact information.

Criminal Justice

Students can participate in service learning opportunities through CJ 370 – Juvenile Justice and CJ 460 – Senior Seminar. The juvenile justice course involves 10 hours of experience with a community agency. Students must be legally able to work with juveniles to participate in this course. Senior seminar includes 10 hours of service learning at an outside agency.

Students may also participate in traditional internship assignments through CJ 480. Students must be seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA, meet course prerequisites and have faculty approval to enroll. Specific internship hosts are coordinated on a case-by-case basis with faculty oversight. Students at the UT Martin main campus can contact Dr. Donna Massey, professor of criminal justice, at 731-881-7511. Students at the extended campus centers can contact Dr. Cindy Boyles, assistant professor of criminal justice, at 731-425-9296.


Students can participate in service learning opportunities through PSYC 101, which requires 5 hours of community service, and PSYC 418, which requires an independent research project with a community partner to collect and analyze data and present findings.

Traditional internship opportunities are offered for students who wish to apply clinical or counseling psychology skills and theory in a workplace setting. Students must have junior or senior standing, a minimum 3.0 GPA, have met course prerequisites and have instructor approval to enroll. Up to 3 credit hours may be earned in PSYCH 415 or 490 for this experience. Payment is determined by individual internship hosts. Contact Denise Connell, lecturer of psychology, at 731-881-7540 or by email at for more information.

Social Work

Students can participate in service learning opportunities through SWRK 300 – Social Welfare Policies and Services, which requires 25 hours of community service with a focus on social problems and social welfare policy; and SWRK 340 – Social Work Practice I and SWRK 440 – Social Work Practice III, which include a three-hour-per-week, 12-week field experience in a social service agency. Students in these two courses have the opportunity to integrate knowledge, values and skills in problem solving, interpersonal assistance and intervention approaches.

Field instruction in social work gives students direct practice experience in selected settings and allows them to improve problem solving and intervention skills, advocate on behalf of client populations, and understand the real-world implications of social welfare policies. Students must have completed all other courses required for gradation and have approval for full progression in the social work program. Twelve credit hours are available through SWRK 490. Students should contact Alicia Maya Donaldson, associate professor of social work, at 731-881-7521 or by email at for more information.


Service learning is required in SOC 202 – Social Problems, which includes 5 hours of community service with an organization of the student’s choice. An internship is also required in SOC 480, where students can apply sociological skills and theory in a supervised workplace setting. Students must have senior standing, a minimum 2.8 overall GPA with a 3.2 GPA in sociology coursework, and approval from the faculty internship committee. Participants can gain 3-6 academic credit hours for this experience, and stipends vary by hosting agency. Contact Dr. Lindsey Anderson, assistant professor of sociology, at 731-881-7523 or by email at for more information.