Behavioral and social sciences examine and quantify the essence of what it is to be human. This field investigates how people organize their lives alone, together and within different environments. If you want to pursue a career in psychology, sociology, criminal justice or history, you’ll find your niche in the Behavioral & Social Sciences Department.
Expand your worldview.
As a student in the Behavioral & Social Sciences Department, you’ll have the opportunity to study various disciplines that explore the environmental, social and historical contexts in which human behavior occurs.
You can study foreign policy, human rights, social movements, political economy, government and international organizations in the Global Studies program or analyze spatial patterns of human activity in the Geography program. Whether you’re passion is psychology, sociology, history or criminal justice, the Behavioral and Social Science Department offers a variety of programs and opportunities to expand your worldview.
Understanding human behavior
Behavioral & Social Sciences students investigate how people organize their lives alone, together and within different environments.
- An outstanding student in the Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department
- Student must be a junior majoring in Communication or Theatre
- Must have a 3.0 GPA or better
DescriptionThis scholarship is provided by Bob Austin, President of Beta Engineering Company in Austin, Texas. Bob is an alumnus of Western Colorado University, who established this endowment fund to honor Dr. Jess Gern, then Chairman of the Arts and Humanities Department, and to show his appreciation to the College. Award depends on funds available. Selected by: The Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department. Application: Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2025 | Taylor Hall 216
- High School seniors to college seniors
- Must have been involved in scouting program and attained rank of First Class Scout
- Must be a graduate of a Western Slope high school
- Preference will be given to Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria
DescriptionThis scholarship is provided by the family to perpetuate the memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship and scholarship. Award depends on funds available
Application:Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application.
Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship
The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.
Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).
- Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
- The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
- The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.
The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.
For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.
Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.
For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.
Greg Haase, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, Department Chair of Behavioral & Social Sciences Department
Kate Clark, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Environment & Sustainability Program; Graduate Faculty in Master in Environmental Management programs, Environment & Sustainability and Sociology programs