Behavioral Science Department
Departmental Chair: Kevin Schriver
Departmental Offices: 200 Gott Educational Center
Phone: (417) 328-1736
The Mission of the Department of Behavioral Sciences (DBS) is to provide students the educational opportunity to scientifically investigate human behavior at the individual, social, and spiritual levels, while seeking to develop ways of thinking about people and assisting them in coping with their problems.
The Vision of the DBS is to develop within students an understanding of the human being as a thinking and behaving person with a knowledge of the methodology that permits such a scientific inquiry by:
- providing academic and practical experiences in the areas of psychology, sociology, human services and criminal justice
- challenging students to seek academic and scholarly excellence
- encouraging students to increase self-awareness and individual development, while integrating Christian faith within their chosen field
- increasing the students' sensitivity to gender, racial and cultrual diversity issues, and ethical and professional concerns
Further, the department has the unique vision of helping the academic community in their own personal lives as situations merit special attention in counseling and assessment.
Here is A SPECIAL GREETING from the Department Chairman.