Behavioral & Social Sciences (BASS) Department

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.

Department Overview

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.

Areas of Study

Psychology

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychology

Emphasis

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Emphasis

Experimental Psychology

Experimental Psychology

Emphasis

Geography and Geospatial Analysis

Geography & Geospatial Analysis

Minor

Global studies

Global Studies

Emphasis

History

History

Major | Minor | Secondary Licensure

Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies

Minor

Politics and Government

Politics & Government

Major | Minor | Secondary Licensure

Pre-law

Pre-Law

Emphasis

Psychology

Psychology

Major | Minor

Public History

Public History

Emphasis

Sociology

Sociology

Major | Minor

Scholarships

Eligibility

  • 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

Description

This 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

Eligibility

  • 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

Description

This 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).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

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.

News & Research

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Department Chairperson

Greg Haase, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, Department Chair of Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

Contact Information

970.943.7011

970.943.3380

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Kelley Hall 240
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231