The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is the largest college offered by the University of Maryland, College Park, in terms of student interest. The largest percent of undergraduates are studying the disciplines as behavior and sciences majors. Nearly one out of five students attends the UMCP College of Behavior and Social Sciences.
This campus offers the four most popular majors: criminology and criminal justice, psychology, government and politics, and economics. There are other undergraduate majors in a variety of the social sciences, including African American studies, anthropology, environmental science and policy, geography, hearing and speech science and sociology.
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS)
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, established in 1969, graduated its first doctoral students in 1978-1979. This rapidly growing department has become one of the most popular majors to acquire on campus. Its doctoral program has been ranked number one in the United States.
The Department is no longer confined to the college campus. CCJS now has an undergraduate program in Shady Grove, at Rockville, MD, and a master’s degree program at the Nanjing Normal University Law School in China.
The department’s mission is to lead in the research of criminology and criminal justice research and theory. Research based policies will be used as a guide for national and international governments for the prevention and control of crime, delinquency and terrorism.
UMCP College of Behavior Science – Psychology
The Psychology Department of UMCP College of Behavior Science contains two degree options for undergraduates; a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Students in undergraduate study will be introduced to the methods used to determine the behaviors of humans and other organisms, as well as the social factors that influence thoughts and behaviors. Emphasis is placed on a strong foundation in quantitative and research methods. Students wishing to pursue graduate studies in psychology or in other related schools will have the opportunity to participate in research projects.
The Department of Geographic Sciences
The geographic science studies taught by University of Maryland (UMD) are based on global integration of the physical and social sciences with an emphasis on the awareness of our changing planet and its sustainability. Geography is an evolving science with applications to social and environmental conditions. The direction of the research is toward land use and land cover changes, geo-spatial information, and answering pertinent questions concerning global impact.
Because of its location close to the central government, the UMD College of Behavior and Social Sciences is advantageously located for majors in Governments and Politics. Interns may apply with the Capitol Hill Internship Program, the Public Policy Internship Program or the Maryland Internship Program.
There are numerous opportunities for undergraduates and graduates of the College of Behavior and Social Sciences. Careers can be found in the criminal justice system, in behavior research or in international policymaking. Recent expansion of its University Program has included the University of Maryland and People’s Police Academy in Vietnam (MPJL).
These courses can help students reach out in social sciences, not merely for profit, but for the betterment of society.