“BHC social sciences are the foundation upon which I built my academic and professional careers. This is true of both the coursework and mentorship by the staff. Lessons from both carry over many years later.”

Jessica Welsh, J.D., Negotiator, Citigroup Inc.

Psychology, Sociology & Education

The Psychology, Sociology and Education Department offers a wide array of courses to meet your specific career and transfer needs. With a variety of courses in areas such as child development, social responsibility, abnormal psychology and personality theories, you can tailor your studies to meet your needs no matter what your goal. Our faculty members have degrees from some of the best universities in the country and bring their research experience and education to the classroom to provide a rigorous and challenging environment for learning.

Enjoy working with small children?
Interested in working with small children? Take our career path for early childhood education. Employment opportunities in this area are growing fast to meet the high demand here in the Quad Cities.

Hands-on learning
We have several courses that are application-based and internships that allow and encourage you to get involved in the community and experience immediate hands-on application of what you are learning in the classroom.

Electives for everyone
We offer a wide range of interesting electives, including Psychology of Women, Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse and other classes that span multiple disciplines.


Extracurricular Activities

Student clubs:
A wide variety of clubs cater to many interests and are free to join and take part in. Participating is a great way to enhance your academic experience and meet new friends! For example, the department does a supply run for homeless women and children in the fall to help offset some of the hardships the community may be facing.

If you have a new club idea, stop by the Student Life Office in Building 4 to find out how to get started.

Join a club

Special events on and around campus:
• Psi Beta – Psychology honor society
• Midwest Psychology Association – Yearly conference in Chicago for students interested in psychology at senior institutions.


Programs and Highlights

The Child Development Associate in Applied Science is designed to prepare students to work with children birth through age five in facilities that foster healthy social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth.

The Early Childhood Educator Certificate is designed to prepare individuals to be teachers in a child care center and/or preschool setting.

The Assistant Teacher Certificate is designed to prepare individuals to be an assistant teacher in child development care center and/or preschool setting.

If you are interested in transferring to another institution of higher learning, psychology and sociology courses not only meet your general education requirements but also help you develop a better understanding of yourself and the relationships you have with other people in society.

Transfer programs
If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, you can earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree.

Explore Transfer Programs

Career programs
If you plan to go right into the workforce after graduation, you can earn a certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree by enrolling in one of the career programs offered through the department.

Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Early Childhood Educator Certificate 5762 Certificate 27 Child Development Career Programs Psychology, Sociology & Education
Assistant Teacher Certificate 5761 Certificate 18 Child Development Career Programs Psychology, Sociology & Education
Child Development (AAS) 5159 AAS Degree 60 Child Development Career Programs Psychology, Sociology & Education