Applied Behavioral & Social Sciences (ABBS)

This program provides an opportunity for students to concurrently obtain a Dutch University of Applied Sciences degree and an American bachelor degree from Webster University. The program follows the Webster University undergraduate requirements for the psychology or sociology curricula with special additional requirements added for Dutch Accreditation purposes.

The Dutch accredited Applied Behavioral and Social Sciences (ABSS) degree program is only offered at the Leiden campus and leads to the Dutch HBO Bachelor in Applied Behavioral and Social Sciences, with a study specialization (“afstudeerrichting”) in either psychology or sociology.

Enrollment in the Dutch ABSS program is only possible in conjunction with Webster University’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology or Bachelor of Arts in Sociology programs.

The Dutch (NVAO) accredited ABSS program further requires a portfolio and internship.
Please see the ABSS Handbook (OER) for the Academic Policies and Examination Procedures.

ABBS, Specialization Psychology

15 required Liberal Arts & Sciences courses:

  • FRHS 1200 First Year Seminar*
  • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (GCP skills area CT)
  • MEDC 2800 Cultural Diversity in Media (S)  (GCP knowledge area Social Systems and Human Behavior, skill IC)
  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (S)  (GCP knowledge area Social Systems and Human Behavior, skill ER)
  • BUSN 1000 Business Spreadsheets
  • PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics (S), or SUST 1000, or SCIN 1100 (GCP knowledge  area Physical and Natural World, skill ER)
  • GNST 1300 Interdisciplinary Studies, or GNST 2000 Topics in Liberal Arts*
  • SPCM 1040 Public Speaking (GCP knowledge area Arts Appreciation)
  • MATH 1410 Introductory College Mathematics (S) (GCP knowledge area Quantitative Literacy)
  • WRIT 2000 Advanced Composition (WRIT 1010 prereq)
  • WRIT 3100 Report and Proposal Writing  (WRIT 2000 prereq)
  • MNGT 2100 Management Theory & Practice
  • RELG 1080 Thinking through Religions (S), or ENGL 2110, ENGL 1044, ARHS 2200, HIST 2240 (GCP knowledge area Roots of Culture, skill ER)
  • MNGT 3100 Project Management
  • GNST 4000 Keystone Seminar*

*part of the Portfolio requirement

Global Citizenship Project Requirement.
Knowledge Areas are: Roots of Culture (2 courses), Social Systems and Human Behavior (2 courses), Physical and Natural World (1 course), Global Understanding (1 course), Arts Appreciation (1 course), and Quantitative Literacy (1 course). Skills areas (1 course each) are: Critical Thinking, Ethical Reasoning, Intercultural Competence, Oral Communication, and Written Communication. In addition FRSH 1200 and GNST 4000 are required. Courses marked (S) may be substituted within the same knowledge area.  For full information about GCP see www.webster.edu

Introduction to the Behavioral and Social Sciences, required courses:

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology*
  • SOCI 1100 Introduction to Sociology (GCP knowledge area Social Systems and Human Behavior, skill WC)
  • ANTH 1100 Intro to Cultural Anthropology (GCP knowledge area Roots of Culture, skill IC)
  • PSYC 2750 Intro to Measurement & Stats (MATH 1410 prq)
  • PSYC 2825 Intro to Research Methods

Plus one course must be completed from each of the following five content areas:

Biological and Evolutionary Perspectives:
  • PSYC 4300 Health Psychology
  • PSYC 4400 Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 4550 Drug and Chemical Dependency
  • PSYC 4650 Physiological Psychology

Clinical and Counseling Perspectives

  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 3775 Personality Theory
  • PSYC 4225 Intro to Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 4250 Intro to Counseling

Lifespan Development Perspectives

  • PSYC 2200 Child Psychology
  • PSYC 2250 Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC 2300 Human Development
  • PSYC 2950 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

Learning and Cognitive Perspectives

  • PSYC 3325 Psychology of Learning Processes
  • PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 3725 Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
  • PSYC 3850 Sensation and Perception

Social and Cross-Cultural Perspectives:

  • PSYC 3475 International Psychology (required)

Mandatory Higher Division courses:

  • PSYC 2900 Community Practicum
  • PSYC 3075 Stress Management
  • PSYC 3550 History, Philosophy & Systems of Psyc
  • PSYC 4750 Advanced Statistics
  • PSYC 4000 Advanced Studies in Psychology
  • PSYC 4610 Advanced Independent Readings course
  • PSYC 4900 Senior Overview** (capstone)
  • PSYC 4825 Senior Thesis**

** A 4000 – 4825 or 4900 – 4825 combination is possible for 6 US or 12 NL credits.

Plus 2 Lower Division Electives,  6 Higher Division Psychology Electives, and a 3-credit language requirement.

Program Outcomes:

The student learning outcomes for psychology majors are those established by the American Psychological Association for undergraduate education in psychology. The learning outcomes are broadly divided into two main categories, which are as follows:

  • Students will develop knowledge, skills, and values consistent with the science and application of psychology. Upon completion of the program, students should:

    a.Be able to demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

    b.Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

    c.Show respect for and use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

    d.Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

    e.Be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and values consistent with liberal arts education that are further developed in psychology. Upon completion of the program, students should:

    a.Be able to demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.

    b.Be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

    c.Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

    d.Have developed insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and be able to apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.

    e.Have realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

In order to graduate, the student needs to have successfully covered all the learning outcomes of the courses (educational units) in the specialist area (specialization, graduation profile) he/she has chosen. The course-level outcomes can be found in the relevant course syllabi.

ABBS, Specialization Sociology

15 required Liberal Arts & Sciences courses:

  • FRHS 1200 First Year Seminar*
  • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (GCP skills area CT)
  • MEDC 2800 Cultural Diversity in Media (S)  (GCP knowledge area Social Systems and Human Behavior, skill IC)
  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (S)  (GCP knowledge area Social Systems and Human Behavior, skill ER)
  • BUSN 1000 Business Spreadsheets
  • PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics (S), or SUST 1000, or SCIN 1100 (GCP knowledge  area Physical and Natural World, skill ER)
  • GNST 1300 Interdisciplinary Studies, or GNST 2000 Topics in Liberal Arts*
  • SPCM 1040 Public Speaking (GCP knowledge area Arts Appreciation)
  • MATH 1410 Introductory College Mathematics (S) (GCP knowledge area Quantitative Literacy)
  • WRIT 2000 Advanced Composition (WRIT 1010 prereq)
  • WRIT 3100 Report and Proposal Writing  (WRIT 2000 prereq)
  • MNGT 2100 Management Theory & Practice
  • RELG 1080 Thinking through Religions (S), or ENGL 2110, ENGL 1044, ARHS 2200, HIST 2240 (GCP knowledge area Roots of Culture, skill ER)
  • MNGT 3100 Project Management
  • GNST 4000 Keystone Seminar*

*part of the Portfolio requirement

Global Citizenship Project Requirements.
Knowledge Areas are: Roots of Culture (2 courses), Social Systems and Human Behavior (2 courses), Physical and Natural World (1 course), Global Understanding (1 course), Arts Appreciation (1 course), and Quantitative Literacy (1 course). Skills areas (1 course each) are: Critical Thinking, Ethical Reasoning, Intercultural Competence, Oral Communication, and Written Communication. In addition FRSH 1200 and GNST 4000 are required. Courses marked (S) may be substituted within the same knowledge area.  For full information about GCP see www.webster.edu

Introduction to the Social Sciences, required courses:

  • SOCI 1100 Introduction to Sociology
  • ANTH 1100 Intro to Cultural Anthropology (GCP knowledge area Roots of Culture, skill IC)
  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOCI 1800 Careers in Sociology*
  • SOCI 2750 Intro to Measurement & Stats (MATH 1410 prq)
  • SOCI 2825 Intro to Research Methods

Plus one course must be completed from each of the following five content areas:

Social Interaction and Change

  • SOCI 2175 Social Movements
  • SOCI 3175 Social Psychology
  • SOCI 4175 Globalization and Social Change

Social Institutions

  • SOCI 2275 Social Institutions
  • SOCI 3275 Work and Occupations
  • SOCI 4275 Sociology of Mass Communications

Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

  •  SOCI 2375 Social Problems, or:
  • SOCI 3375 Deviance and Social Control, or:
  • SOCI 4375 Criminology

Inequality

  • SOCI 2475 Sex and Gender, or:
  • SOCI 3475 Race and Ethnicity, or:
  • SOCI 4475 Class, Status, and Power

Demography and Community

  • SOCI 2575 Cities and Suburbs, or:
  • SOCI 3575 Human Ecology, or:
  • SOCI 4575 Social Demography

Mandatory Higher Division courses:

SOCI 2900 Community Practicum

PSYC 3075 Stress Management

SOCI 3550 Sociological Theory

SOCI 4750 Advanced Statistics

SOCI 4000 Advanced Studies in Sociology

SOCI 4610 Advanced Independent Readings course

SOCI 4900 Senior Overview** (capstone)

SOCI 4825 Senior Thesis**

** A 4000 – 4825 or 4900 – 4825 combination is possible for 6 US or 12 ECTS credits.

Plus 3 Lower Division Electives,  6 Higher Division Psychology Electives, and a 3-credit language requirement.

Program Outcomes:

Upon completion of the sociology program, students should:

  • Be able to apply the sociological imagination to trace the links between individual experiences and social forces, and to grasp the ways history interacts with both experience and social factors.
  • Understand substantive issues, including how culture and social structures operate, the reciprocal relationships between individuals and society, and the impact of social institution and social inequality on society.
  • Be able to evaluate the assumptions, purposes and methods of sociological methods and research.
  • Have an awareness of social and sociological theories and be able to discuss and apply basic theoretical orientations of the discipline.
  • Be able to distinguish individual, social and cultural frames of analysis and micro and macro levels of analysis through the use of social theory.
  • Have developed a multicultural and cross-cultural perspective of our world, including an awareness of the factors contributing to diversity and inequality within and among nations.

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