Liberal Arts

The School of Liberal Arts provides students with a diverse set of skills that are in demand by employers, graduate schools and law schools. You’ll be prepared with strong knowledge in your field plus capabilities in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, leadership and research. This diverse skill set positions you to compete successfully on a global level. Guided by an outstanding faculty, students gain knowledge, values, and skills that produce personal growth and professional development.

Dept of Justice and Political Studies, Criminal Justice – BS and MS

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program provides a comprehensive curriculum, producing knowledge and capabilities for administrative, research and other professional positions in the field of criminal justice. That includes law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice. Courses offered in the program are designed to teach students how to apply practical and professional knowledge and critical thinking to solve real-world problems in a diverse society.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJA) is designed to provide students with a well-rounded scholarly foundation tailored for administrative leadership within a variety of public and private criminal justice settings

The program offers two track options:

Track I (non-thesis option) addresses problems in practice through data -based problem solving. It specializes in the practical application of interdisciplinary theories across research, justice and leadership to inform administrative practices, and policy development in the criminal justice field. 

Track II is based on a traditional or action research study focused on a real world, practical problem. In the track, you specialize in research grounded in practical problem-solving and solutions-seeking.

BA, Political Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science is designed for students who plan to enter graduate or law school, or who choose to pursue careers in government services at the federal, state, and local levels, international affairs or teaching. The department focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and processes. 

Clubs / Organizations:

Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Studies Honor Society

Behavioral and Social Science Studies

The Bachelor of Science program in Psychology focuses on the scientific study of behavior as it is influenced by physical, cognitive, emotional and environmental factors, and includes the analysis of behavior problems and disorders.

This comprehensive program of study emphasizes instruction in the principles of the subfields of psychology—which include African/Black-centered psychology, human developmental stages, abnormal, educational, counseling theories, personality theories, psychological measurement, physiological psychology, statistics, and research methodology in psychology

Along with promoting the development of critical thinking skills, practical knowledge and competency, and an appreciation of the scientific method in analyzing and evaluating information, the psychology curriculum is designed to help students develop an integrated sense of self, identity and community responsibility through the understanding, appreciation and application of an African/Black-centered approach to psychology.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. It includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization, social stratification, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

The minor consists of 21 hours, all of which must be completed at Bethune-Cookman University. A minor in social work is an excellent match for students intending careers in child welfare, family social work, school social work, or as probation officers. A minor in social work can also lead to careers in healthcare settings such as clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. Social workers who work in academic settings often provide emotional counseling, therapy, or career counseling.

Dept of Language, Histories and Cultural Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in English prepares students for graduate and professional studies in any field and for unlimited career opportunities in which a strong foundation in English is essential. Students graduating from this program apply their skills and abilities in professions such as public relations staff, editor, writer, desktop publisher, reporter, legal assistant, and research assistant.

Clubs/ Organizations: 

-Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society 

-Kindling, B-CU Literary Magazine

-Real I.N.K Poetry Club

The Bachelor of Arts in History focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the process of gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing evidence and theories about the history of humankind in particular civilizations, cultures and societies. Students with a background in history may pursue graduate studies or a variety of careers in education, government, foreign service, law, research, communications, editing, archival or library sciences. 

Clubs/ Organizations

-History Club

-American Society of African American Life in History (ASALH),

Mary McLeod Bethune Branch

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is a unique, student-centered, student-crafted degree program, designed for those individuals who think and work “outside the box.” It prepares students for unlimited, multi-dimensional careers, which are the hallmark of our ever-changing global workforce.

Students graduating from this program (double and triple concentrations) apply their binary or tertiary skills and abilities in disciplines of their own choosing to excel in myriad professions. 

For the Lifelong Learner degree option, students apply previously earned credits, together with life experiences to provide largely non-traditional students with the opportunity to make the most of unique personal abilities and skills by completing an individualized program of study, suited to individual professional needs and goals.