The Behavioral Science/Counseling and Human Development BA/MA Program
B.A./M.A. Program in Behavioral Science/ Counseling and Human Development: Mental Health or School Counseling
Social and Behavioral Sciences — Dr. Jo Anna Kelly, Program Director
The B.A./M.A. program provides the best preparation for students who wish to pursue clinical mental health or school counseling careers. To accomplish this, the program integrates core theoretical and knowledge areas in psychology and sociology into a Behavioral Sciences major at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, the program integrates the core theoretical knowledge and skill areas in professional counselor education needed for practice as a clinical mental health counselor or school counselor. B.A./M.A. coursework integration results in a holistic, streamlined educational program wherein students can meet educational licensure requirements in school counseling or clinical mental health counseling in approximately 6 years.
The program develops counselors who assist others in making differences in their lives.To meet this overall goal, students apply theoretical models to the understanding of human behavior and demonstrate the professional attitudes, behaviors and counseling skills needed to integrate their knowledge and skills with the ethical practice of counseling with diverse populations.
General program goals include:
- Develop within students the knowledge, competencies and attitudes necessary to function as professional counselors.
- Assist students to develop a sense of their identity as counselors and the professional orientation needed to work for the welfare of diverse clients.
- Assist students to understand both the scientific and humanistic perspectives in behavioral science and to apply this knowledge to counseling practice.
- Prepare students for specialized roles as clinical mental health counselors and school counselors.
B.A./M.A. students are dually admitted to the B.A. in Behavioral Sciences and the M.A. in Counseling & Human Development. In addition to meeting separate admission requirements for the B.A./M.A. program (beyond general admission to the university), students must maintain a 3.3 GPA in their undergraduate coursework, follow all undergraduate and graduate academic policies and procedures, and meet appropriate interpersonal and professional behavior standards to remain in good standing in the program. With the permission of their advisor, B.A./M.A. students take three graduate courses during the last three semesters of their undergraduate degree program: BSC 560; BSC 502 (CHD 602 course); and BSC 526 (CHD 626 course). Upon completion of the undergraduate requirements for the B.A. portion of the program, students are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science. An official Change of Status form must obtained from the Program Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences and filed with the Registrar to change the student status from undergraduate to graduate. Upon completion of all graduation requirements in the Counseling and Human Development program, students are awarded the Master of Arts in Counseling & Human Development (with Clinical Mental Health and/or School Counseling).
For details regarding admission to the B.A./M.A. program, refer to Dr. Jo Anna Kelly, Program Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences at firstname.lastname@example.org
B.A. with a Behavioral Science Concentration
(Students must maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA.)
|B.A./M.A. students with school counseling career aspirations take two EDUC courses listed below plus courses listed under Mental Health (54 to 60 credit hours). See Graduate Catalog - CHD School Counseling track for course sequencing.|
|EDUC 107||School and Society: Intro Educ||2|
|B.A./M.A. students with mental health career aspirations take the following courses (48 to 54 credit hours). See Graduate Catalog - CHD Clinical Mental Health Counseling track for course sequencing.|
|PSYC 120||T1:Principles of Psychology||3|
|PSYC 201||Principles of Learning||3|
|PSYC 204||Cognitive Processes||3|
|PSYC 251||Physiological Psychology||3|
|PSYC 401||DV:Abnormal Psychology||3|
|SOC 205||T1:DV:Social/Cult Divers||3|
|SOC 303||H1:DV:Marriage, Family&Intimac (formerly Family Systems)||3|
|SOC 401||H2b:Sociological Theory||3|
|BSC 221||Stats for Behavioral Science||3|
|BSC 430||DM:DV:Applied Behav Science Se||3|
|BSC 440||SL:H3:DV:Applied Behav Sci Int||3-9|
|BSC 502||Research Methods/Prog Evaluati||3|
|or CHD 602||Research Methods/Prog Eval|
|BSC 526||UG:DV:Group Process||3|
|or CHD 626||Group Process|
|BSC 560||DV:Intro Counsel/Counsel Prof (formerly Counseling and Interviewing Processes)||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|PSYC 309||H1:Crit Iss in Child/Adol Deve||3|
|H1:DV:Sociology of Aging (formerly Critical Issues in Adult Development)|
Graduate course descriptions are listed in the Graduate Catalog.