School of Behavioral Sciences


The mission of the School of Behavioral Sciences is to provide an academically challenging education, innovative instruction, pioneering research, and impactful community engagement. We merge theory and practice to create high-impact programs which celebrate diversity, inspiring students to build inclusive communities. We equip students with lasting, transferable skills that prepare them for diverse and meaningful careers. 


The vision of The School of Behavioral Sciences is to advance the application of psychological and sociological science and knowledge, by offering high-impact programs with resonance. We will be leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and scholarship as we serve our professions and communities. We advance innovative solutions to local and global social problems through cutting-edge research and practice and seek to motivate future generations to elevate the public’s understanding of human behavior.

Organizational Structure

The School of Behavioral Sciences consists of the Division of Sociology and the Department of Psychological Sciences- which offers flexible degree plans at undergraduate and graduate levels as follows:

Master's degree

Undergraduate degrees

Minor programs

Department of Psychological Sciences

The Department of Psychological Sciences is committed to providing exciting and challenging ways to develop bright new leaders in the field of psychology. Our program is tailored to meet the needs of traditional undergraduates seeking a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at our Stephenville campus, as well as those students attending our satellite campuses in Fort Worth, Midlothian, and Waco, and for our online students completing their undergraduate requirements using distance learning methodology.

This Bachelor's of Science degree at Tarleton State University is available through three program formats. Courses are offered face-to-face, hybrid (combination of face-to-face and online), and online. All psychology course requirements are available at all four campus locations.

The department offers students research opportunities working with our faculty. Our undergraduates have joined faculty at professional meetings including the Southwestern Psychological Association and the Association of Psychological Science.

Division of Sociology

Auguste Comte first realized the need for a science of society while writing during the French Revolution. Those revolutionary days cried out for sociological analysis to answer how and why such events occurred. Today, sociology is a diverse field where researchers use scientific tools to understand and improve society. Sociologists study things like racial inequality, the healthcare system, environmentalism, gender inequality, religion, economic inequality, and popular culture.

This Bachelor’s of Science degree at Tarleton State University equips students with the lasting skills employers seek. Our programs show students how to think critically, understand and conduct research, communicate effectively, and adapt to the ever-changing social world. 

Dr. Jamie Borchardt
Associate Dean, College of Education & School of Behavioral Sciences