Division of Social Work, Behavioral and Political Sciences

The Division faculty and staff wish to welcome you to our website. We hope you will plan a visit to meet our faculty and seek advisement for pursuing your degree. Our Division office is located in the Woolfolk Building, Suite 102, and the Social Work office is located in the Banks Building, Suite 231. If you prefer, you may call to make an appointment by calling the Division office at 936-261-3200, or the Social Work office at 936-261-1670.


The History Program is committed to providing effective instruction and advisement for undergraduate students, to providing appropriate academic services to the University and the community, and to supporting faculty research and publications, in accordance with the University’s mission and core values. The program offers the B.A. degree with two emphasis: US History with an emphasis on African American history and Teacher Certification preparation.

The program prepares students for admittance into graduate programs at leading universities and for employment in jobs related to the academic field of history, especially in public education. In addition, the department offers courses for disciplinary focus areas for education majors, interdisciplinary minors, and liberal arts majors.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • History graduates will be able to explain basic methodological concepts that help historians assemble, organize, evaluate, and interpret evidence.
  • History graduates will demonstrate significant knowledge of major events and trends in United States and African American history.
  • History graduates will be able to effectively identify and communicate historical arguments based on common ideals and themes in the field of history.
  • History graduates will be able to conduct basic historical research in primary source materials, provide original interpretation of sources, and provide accurate referencing for all sources.
  • History graduates will be aware of the contrasts between peoples of different times and places and display a sense of informed perspective and chronology.

Political Science

The Political Science Program is committed to superior teaching, research and service. The Political Science Program prepares graduates to pursue graduate studies or seek admission to law school while also preparing them for the competitive job market in both the private and public sectors. Featuring well-published scholars specializing in the dominant areas of the discipline and who are active in research and service, the Program provides the curriculum for the Bachelors of Arts in Political Science.

Graduates in Political Science should be able to demonstrate critical thinking and cognitive skills through competence in oral and written communication. The Program serves a clientele that enrolls in its courses to meet Core curriculum requirements, major and minor requirements, and the elective needs of students who are interested in political issues, international events, and the public policy making process at all levels of government.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students can explain the terms, principles, theories and approaches used to understand and explain phenomena in political science.
  2. Students can explain the institutions and processes involved in the administration and implementation of public policy.
  3. Students can write a properly researched, documented and formatted research paper or produce an oral presentation on topics pertinent to political science.
  4. Students can demonstrate critical thinking skills regarding major theories and issues in international relations.
  5. Students can demonstrate and apply knowledge of constitutional and legal principles regarding major domestic issues.

Social Work

The mission of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program is to prepare students as professional generalist social work practitioners and provide students with requisite knowledge for advanced study. The Program equips students with core skills and values for beginning-level professional social work practice in both urban and rural settings with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. In accordance with the University commitment to diversity, The Program educates students who will practice competently with diverse urban and rural clients including populations-at-risk.


The Sociology Program provides students with a rich learning experience that facilitates the acquisition of specific skills, knowledge, and attitudes that prepare them for public and private service occupations or prepare them for continuing advanced degrees in Sociology or related fields.  The program will promote academic scholarship and a commitment to applying innovative solutions to promote development of communities that serve diverse populations.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon completion of the Sociology Program, students will be able to define and apply basic sociological concepts used in micro and macro sociological theory. (SOCG 1010, SOCG 2003, SOCG 2013)
  2. Upon completion of the Sociology Program, students will know how to conduct basic statistical analyses. (SOCG 4053)
  3. Students can employ methods that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition. (SOCG 4723)
  4. Students will be able to identify and evaluate social institutions and processes across cultures. (SOCG 1013 and SOCG 2013)

Master of Arts in Sociology Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon completion of the Graduate Sociology Program, students will be able to conduct advanced statistical analyses.
  2. Upon completion of the Graduate Sociology Program, students will be able to critically evaluate sociological theory in the study and explanation of social phenomenon.
  3. Upon completion of the Graduate Sociology Program, students will be able to apply advanced sociological research methods in the design of specific research projects.
  4. Upon completion of the Graduate Sociology Program, students will be able to enhance the diversity of the discipline with regards to research perspectives that have been under-served and under-represented.


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