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2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Chair: Professor Truss (History).

Professors Barone (History), Day (History), Fallin (History), Gilbert (Psychology), Hultquist (History), McDonald (Anthropology), Parker (Sociology), Turner (Political Science); Associate Professors Bawden (History), Doerfler (Political Science), Lowry (Sociology), Newell (Social Work); Assistant Professors Bare (Psychology), Beal (Social Work), Bounds (Sociology), Caplow (Environmental Studies), Eckelman (Political Science), Longo (Psychology), Shepherd (Psychology), Tetloff (Social Work); Senior Clinical Instructor Duke (Social Work).

Department Office Contact Information

Dr. Ruth Truss, Chair
University of Montevallo on Main
(205) 665-6180


The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences explores the human condition in all of its richness and complexity. While focusing on the development of the essential skills of critical analysis in the disciplines of geography, history, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology, the department fosters a commitment and capacity for informed citizenship. As active citizens, students gain an understanding of diverse social perspectives and evaluate culturally-based values and beliefs. Finally, the department instills in its graduates the ability and desire to recognize and appreciate learning as a life-long process.

General Education

Several courses in Behavioral and Social Sciences fulfill the Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the UM General Education requirements: GEOG 231 ; HIST 101 , 102 , 103 , 104 POS 200 , 250 ; PSYC 201 ; SOC 101 ; 102 ; SWK 203 , 260 , 322 . ES 100  fulfills a Science requirement, and ES 200  fulfills the Personal Development requirement.

Students majoring in History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Social Work, or Sociology must complete two semesters of World Civilizations (HIST 101  and 102  or 103  and 104 ).


The department offers the bachelor’s degree (either the B.A. or the B.S.) in the following disciplines:

Environmental Studies
Political Science
Sociology - General or Criminology
Social Work
Social Science


Faculty in Behavioral and Social Sciences encourage participation in internships. The history, political science, and sociology programs regularly offer internships, especially in the summer terms. Social Work majors complete a practicum as part of their course curriculum. Contact faculty in the pertinent programs for additional information.

Courses in Behavioral and Social Sciences

Note: 400-level courses may be cross-listed with 500-level (graduate) courses.


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