No academic department epitomizes the idea of purpose more than Social & Behavioral Science. Presentation College’s mission of service started in the social work program. Students in the department engage in a purposeful, intentional curriculum and connect actions with theory at the undergraduate level in ways that normally happen at the graduate level.
With the fields of criminal justice, psychology, and social work, the common thread is as simple as it is powerful—helping people. Students in the department pursue areas of study—whether it’s ensuring their safety, assisting with their social needs, or helping them through mental and emotional struggles—that lend themselves seamlessly to volunteerism and service learning. You’ll find our students mentoring youth in the Boys & Girls Club, helping individuals with developmental disabilities at Aspire, and doing many other service efforts.
Students in the department experience a number of hands-on learning opportunities as a way to fully develop the skills they’ll need upon entering their profession. Criminal justice students tour the state prison system to observe operations, participate in ride alongs through the police departments, and have attended conferences on human trafficking. Another class of students visited the state legislature to learn about lobbying. Social work students take part in an intensive practicum that includes 500 hours of experiential learning.
Faculty within the department is comprised of seasoned professionals who also are caring and adept teachers who thrive in our small classroom settings. For instance, our faculty includes a local chief of police, a state’s attorney, a retired judge, and a police psychologist and hostage negotiator. Our faculty serve as true mentors to their students, offering them personalized support and assisting with job searches after their students graduate.