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Pathways in Social & Behavioral Science

 

Students that pursue social and behavioral sciences study the individual's relationship to the communities they belong to. In this role, they focus on identifying high-risk behaviors or trends in a specific population and propose solutions to improve overall public health levels in their communities. Behavioral and social scientists working in the public health sector typically take courses with topics on mental health, social research, and how to promote healthy lifestyles.

AT A GLANCE / SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

Is this you?

  • I enjoy helping people learn, grow, or heal.

  • I like to teach, counsel, train, etc.

  • I am interested in understanding the world we live in.

  • I enjoy learning about different cultures.

  • I am interested in learning about human habits, actions, and intentions.

  • I like identifying ways to help people with illnesses or emotional challenges.

PATTERNS OF SOCIAL INTERACTION
EVALUATING & INTERPRETING BEHAVIOR
STRUCTURE, FUNCTION OF HUMAN SOCIETY
 

THE GPA DIFFERENCE

How will GPA support my pursuit for this pathway?

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Behavioral science explores the effect of human actions and interaction; it is a bridge that connects the natural sciences with the social sciences. Our students research and create projects that engage with either the neural-decision sciences or the social-communication sciences.

 

COLLEGES & PROGRAMS

Where should I study?

GPA alumni are studying Psychology at Boston College and Berkeley and Neuroscience at Duke. They all say the same: research, research, research. We look at programs that give the students the best chance to pursue experiential learning.

Johns Hopkins University.

 
 

Explore the possibilities

Check out the different pathways within this interest cluster, which include information regarding specific careers! If you are looking to see what a student does in one of these paths, keep scrolling!

CONCENTRATION IN
Studies of Human Society + Culture

For students interested in understanding society’s institutions- their structures, theoretical foundations, evolution, and interrelationships- and how they affect and are affected by human behavior. Potential careers include: ​Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies

CONCENTRATION IN
Behavioral Analysis

For those who seek to understand the biological, pharmacological, and experiential factors that influence the behavior of individuals. Potential careers include: FBI Profiler, Social Work, Sociological or Psychological Researcher

CONCENTRATION IN
Social + Emotional Wellness

For those who seek to understand and employ the skills of coping with stress, remaining aware of one’s own and others’ feelings, providing empathy for others. Potential careers include: ​Clinical or Counseling Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling

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Alumni

Here's what GPA Alumni are doing to pursue this pathway in their postsecondary education. This provides a glimpse in what you could be doing as a result of pursuing one of these paths!

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