Applied Behavioral & Social Sciences (ABSS)


This program provides an opportunity for students to concurrently obtain a Dutch Applied Sciences degree and an American bachelor degree from Webster University. The program follows the Webster University undergraduate requirements for the psychology curriculum 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. Enrollment in the Dutch ABSS program is only possible in conjunction with Webster University's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The Dutch (NVAO) accredited ABSS program further requires a portfolio and internship. Please see the ABSS Handbook 2014-2015 (OER) for the Academic Policies and Examination Procedures.

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 prerequisite)
  • WRIT 3100 Report and Proposal Writing  (WRIT 2000 prerequisite)
  • 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.

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 prerequisite)
  • 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. -

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

Learning 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:
  • Be able to demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • 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.
  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • 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:
  • Be able to demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
  • Be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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Dr. Sheetal Shah
Head of Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences


Webster ABSS Degree Planner 2014-2015