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Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Welcome to Lindenwood University-Belleville’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences (DSBS).

We offer degrees in criminology and criminal justice and psychology and courses in the disciplines of anthropology, geography, political science, and sociology. The broad scope of this learning environment provides students with opportunities to enhance their intellectual and social development by exploring the complexities of human interaction, culture, and diversity.

Faculty members of the DSBS utilize a student-centered approach to teaching that promotes student engagement and enables students to recognize issues from regional, national, and global points of view. Courses are purposely designed to promote the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Accordingly, students are encouraged to participate in internships/practicums, thereby acquiring practical experiences to relate theoretical aspects of the classroom to applications in the workforce. These methods prepare students to understand theories of social and behavioral science and to develop the skills necessary to achieve their career goals.



Alyssa Flynn“I say to myself all the time how well the faculty in this division prepared me for life after Lindenwood. The two greatest general classroom assets for me have been how the faculty really hammered home the theories in class and how they also focus on the behind-the-scenes components of the criminal justice system such as policy implications and how the criminal justice affects society as a whole. These components really helped my critical thinking skills.”

Alyssa Flynn (’17)
B.A. in Criminal Justice
Summa Cum Laude
Recipient of the 2017 Easton Award



Marly Silvestri“My professor and mentor Dr. [Joe] Zlatic was very realistic in helping me understand what to expect in the professional world. He brought in so much of his own experience in what he taught because he was a federal pre-trial officer, and hearing his first-hand knowledge somehow made him more real as someone to learn from. I credit Dr. Zlatic for preparing me for the level of research and writing I conducted throughout my graduate career. Had it not been for his high expectations, I don’t believe I would have performed as strongly.”

Marly Silvestri (’16)
B.A. in Criminal Justice



 

Mission Statement

The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences supports the mission of Lindenwood University by providing educational leadership and support for the development of the whole person--an educated, responsible citizen of a global community--and exposing students to concepts pertaining to behavioral analyses and cultural and social systems.

Division News

Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Belleville’s Prunty, Students Selected for 2019 Instructional Resource Award Grant

Lindenwood University Belleville Professor of Psychology Dr. Trisha Prunty and four of her students – Katie Landsbaum, Bessie Flores, Nikki Thomas, and Katie DeLuka – were selected as the recipients of the 2019 Instructional Recourse Award Grant by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. The funding will be used to support a project entitled, “Using Guided Outlines for Principles of Psychology,” in which the four students will create guided notes as supplement for students in the university’s Principles of Psychology courses.

Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Trice Publishes Research with Help of Undergraduate Students

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police recently published research conducted by Lindenwood University-Belleville Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Thomas Trice along with three of his students, Naomi-Denise Oudshoorn, Leiden, Netherlands; Peyton Rose, Manteca, Calif.; and Courtney Smith, Breese, Ill. Their research, Law Enforcement Leadership Through the Eyes of a Citizen: Why Real Leadership, Cultural Competency and Empathy Matter analyzed how police officers can better connect to communities through three key factors – leadership, cultural competency, and empathy.

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