“O Lord, Thou has searched me and known me! Thou knowest when I sit down and when I rise up…” -From Psalm 139

Within the School of Arts & Sciences, the department of Social and Behavioral Sciences educates students with a decidedly Christian focus. We intentionally integrate the Christian faith with the respective disciplines and seek to help students recognize that finding truth in psychology, sociology, history or political science is a way to learn more about God and His purposes on earth. We strive to prepare students to have the knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively minister and compete in society.

The Degrees:


Eric Peterson

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Samuel Negus

Assistant Professor of History and Political Science

Kyle White

Vice President for Student Life, Instructor of Psychology

William Vieux

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Students interested in the study of persons in the areas of personality, social interactions, motivation, mental health, and abnormality will find the Psychology degree the perfect choice. Majors in this area are prepared to either begin work in the field in an entry-level position or are prepared as highly competitive graduate school applicants.

Social Studies/History

Graduates of the program in Social Studies/History are prepared to pursue graduate work in history, law, or education. The degree is a flexible degree that allows students to choose emphasis areas in history.

History/Political Science

The History/Political Science degree is an exciting degree that contains a semester of study in Washington, D.C. with the C.C.C.U. American Studies Institute. Graduates will have been exposed to both content knowledge and experience in the nation’s capital.

Social Studies Education

As a cooperative area of study with the Division of Education, the Social and Behavioral Science Division offers the Social Studies Education major. This degree is designed to meet state and national accreditation standards for secondary educators in social studies. Graduates with this degree will be prepared to immediately begin employment in a public or private school setting.

Criminal Justice

The Bachelor’s degree program in Criminal Justice can empower you to meet the challenges facing those pursuing a career in law enforcement as well as developing critical skillsets for current law enforcement professionals seeking promotion. Our Criminal Justice program has been carefully crafted to provide students with a well-rounded core understanding of criminal justice concepts through courses such as criminal law and the court system, evidence and procedure, victimology, ethics, asset security, and more. Furthermore, students may choose additional emphases uniquely constructed for either students desiring to enter the field of law enforcement or for experienced law enforcement officers desiring to improve their career opportunities. The OKWU Criminal Justice degree program stands out from the competition by integrating God’s love for all humanity and the value of all individuals