Human relations, an interdisciplinary major that bridges psychology and sociology, is especially suited to students who are intrigued by the challenge of understanding psychological factors that shape human behavior within the complex context of society. Students select from a broad range of courses, from globalization to personality, from racial and gender inequality to social psychology, from behavior modification to environmentalism, from deviant behavior to forensic psychology. As students view issues and problems from multiple perspectives, they develop a wide range of knowledge and sharpen critical thinking skills.
Human Relations majors typically complete an internship or social work practicum during their junior or senior year. Recent internship sites include the United Nations, social service agencies, rehabilitation centers, and news media outlets.
The senior thesis capstone course allows students to choose an area of focus and undertake original research, which culminates in the production of a significant piece of scholarship.
Program graduates are successful in gaining admission to law schools, schools of social work, and other graduate schools. They also pursue a variety of career options in both the public and private sectors, including education, social work, business, nonprofit organizations and government.
The major, which is offered through the Department of Social Sciences, provides students the opportunity to work and study with dedicated psychologists and sociologists who are engaged in clinical work and research. Program faculty also work closely with the Department of Child Study to support students who choose to make human relations their area of concentration. The human relations major is particularly well suited for students who transfer to St. Joseph’s.