B.A. Behavioral Science


Behavioral science is a social science that focuses on society, human social behavior, patterns of social relationships, social interaction and aspects of culture associated with everyday life.  

With a degree in behavioral science, you might choose one of two paths after graduation: neural decision science or social communication science.  

  • Neural decision science includes cognitive theory, social psychology, management science and other studies that determine how the brain works.  
  • Social communication science discipline includes organizational behavior, anthropology and studies of social networks; basically, the study of how humans interact with each other. 

Whatever type of behavioral science you’re interested in, Concordia University, Nebraska can help give you the knowledge and skills you need to find a career after graduation or continue in graduate or professional school to further hone your expertise in the field of behavioral science. 

Behavioral Science Courses

120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate1
17:1 Student-to-faculty ratio

Explore human behavior and social interaction! 

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Program Highlights


The behavioral science program at Concordia University, Nebraska seeks to teach students to understand human behavior and relationships through critical thinking, research and experiential learning. Our students will serve and inspire others and fulfill God’s call to live lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. 

In Concordia’s behavioral science program, you will study a combination of sociology, psychology and other social sciences to examine complex problems of human interaction and behavior. With this degree, you will gain skills that can be applied in many professions that require an understanding of people and their interactions from individual, group and societal levels. 


Behavioral science students often participate in internships, which is just one of the ways Concordia helps prepare you for your chosen career. Whether you want to become a counselor, social worker, researcher or law enforcement officer, you will receive the hands-on training you need to be successful. 

Students at Concordia Nebraska are also encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience, which may be a study tour or exchange program to places like England, Italy or China, or which might include overseas internships with universities or businesses with a behavioral science emphasis. Concordia will help you find internships that fit your own individual interests and future goals. 


As experts in Christian Education Leadership, our faculty and instructors bring years of experience to the classroom. 

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Kathryn Potter
Wilcox, NE

I’m currently looking at trauma-informed therapy for kids in the foster care system. The goal is to help kids who have gone through trauma to live lives as normal as possible.


Concordia University, Nebraska is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Degree Goals

A behavioral science graduate from Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to:  

  • Understand the field of behavioral science as a whole, finding vocational direction and learning to serve society and people. 
  • Discover and employ proper ethical boundaries in their behavioral science career. 
  • Put a personal face to social problems and social issues in our society. 
  • Have opportunities to serve and learn in local, national and global behavioral science organizations so that they can learn skills from the field as it applies to everyday life. 

Human and Social Sciences Minors

  • Criminal Justice 
  • Gerontology 
  • Pre-Law 
  • Psychology 
  • Sociology 


Career Outcomes

Human Resource Specialist 

  • Oversee employee relations, educational job training and handling compensation and benefits for employees 
  • Fill employment positions, conduct new employee orientation and work with current employees 

Social Service Specialist 

  • Plan and coordinate activities for community outreach programs, government agencies or healthcare facilities 
  • Provide physical and psycho-social care to individuals with developmental disabilities or organize community youth activities such as drug prevention programs 

Social Worker 

  • Help people with a broad range of issues, whether they be psychological, financial, health-related or substance abuse-related 
  • Utilize social theories to understand human problems, help improve people’s lives and improve society as a whole 


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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.