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Applied Behavioral Science - Political Science Focus

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In this concentration, students may choose their area of focus from among three disciplines: psychology, sociology or political science. Political Science is the study of government and public policy and of the political behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions. It provides an understanding of issues such as international diplomacy, environmental, economic and health care policy, and election campaigns. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.

This concentration in the General Studies major can be completed by combining Charter Oak's online courses and other sources of credit such as credit transferred from regionally accredited institutions or testing. It cannot be completed solely through Charter Oak State College courses.

Concentration Requirements

Political Theory3 credits
Research Methodology - Political or Social Science Research3 credits (beyond freshman level)
State or Local Government3 (beyond freshman level)
Political Science Electives12 credits
Single coherent Human Services are, e.g., counseling social work or rehabilitation services12 credits
Capstone HES 499 (Culminating concentration course)3 credits


Notes: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration. Three of the credits in Political Science or in the applied area should focus on the dynamics of intervention with an individual, groups, the community, the family or an organization.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Science (Human Services) will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the different fields of psychology, sociology or political science and have an understanding of the sub-specialties of the respective discipline;
  2. understand and use quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in psychology, sociology or political science;
  3. write about topics in psychology, sociology or political science with clarity and organization; and
  4. demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of intervention strategies (e.g., in counseling, social work, rehabilitation services or criminal justice settings) in the chosen discipline with individuals, groups, the community, the family or an organization.