Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Whether you decide to become a therapist, social worker, lawyer, or pursue a related career, a degree from the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences at OBU sets you up for a rewarding future where can make a real, tangible difference in the lives of others. Multiple programs are offered within the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division that you can explore to find the best fit for you and provide the foundation you need.

Featured Program

Criminal Justice

Your options run the spectrum in this program. Maybe you are interested in enforcing laws and prosecuting criminals, or you are committed to rehabilitating offenders, introducing them to Christ and showing them how He can help them find their path. Either way, the OBU criminal justice program is YOUR program.

Preparing Students for What’s Next

What’s next for our graduates spans an amazing spectrum of opportunities. Students leave Bison Hill and step into incredible roles such as profilers, nonprofit organization administrators, counselors, marriage and family therapists, consumer researchers, campaign consultants, park rangers, victim advocates, adoption agency workers, and more.

Mackenzie Knox

Class of 2023

“When I look back at the freshman girl I was when I first came to OBU compared to myself as a woman now, I am encouraged at how OBU has provided the environment and opportunities for me to grow in God’s word and in His character. I truly have fallen in love with the Lord and learned to let Him lead me every day.”

Incredible Education, Affordable Cost.

OBU provides a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship to every incoming first-time freshman and $8,000 to every incoming transfer student. And you could qualify for even more financial aid! Many of our students also receive money through federal Pell Grants and OBU Bison Grants.

To get an estimate of your cost to attend OBU, check out our Net Price Calculator. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how affordable an OBU education really is especially considering the incredible academic quality, personal mentor relationships with faculty and staff, and strong Christian commitment you will experience at OBU.

You won’t find an experience like this anywhere else!

Scholarships and Grants

Undergraduate Programs

Criminal Justice

A criminal justice degree from OBU allows you to pursue careers in the legal field, law enforcement, criminology and many others. Students drawn to this field often share traits such as integrity, courage and a desire to serve their communities in an effort to help ensure justice is carried out as fairly as possible.

Criminal Justice

Family Science

With a family science degree from OBU, you will be serving families by meeting practical needs, strengthening families through education and therapy, and supporting families by advocating for their needsThese qualities are at the heart of our family science program. Our team of dedicated faculty is committed to providing a high-quality, Christ-focused education that equips you with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to succeed in life and in your chosen field.

Family Science

History

In our program, you will be prepared for a wide variety of careers related to history and you will leave OBU with a solid foundation for postgraduate study. History courses acquaint you with major areas of knowledge and help you develop skills needed for academic and career success.

History

Politics

We live in a highly political world. This program will open the door for you to a wide variety of careers related to politics. Through the politics program, you will be prepared for the journey of integrating your personal Christian faith with your growing base of academic knowledge and awareness of the world around you.

Politics

Psychology

In the OBU Psychology program, you will embark on a transformative journey of understanding the complexities of the human mind and behavior. Our program goes beyond traditional academics, focusing on skill development and providing opportunities for experiential learning. You have the option to pursue the broad field of psychology or to specialize in forensic psychology, pre-counseling, sport psychology, and family therapy.  

Psychology

Social Sciences Education, Secondary

This degree will prepare you for a career in secondary education anywhere—home or abroad. You’ll leave Bison Hill with credentials that are unmatched. That’s because your professors will invest in you and will model the compassion and dedication needed to help you be successful in working with children and parents anywhere in the world.

Social Sciences Education, Secondary

Sociology

This degree will equip you to understand the importance and influence of social structures and social interactions on both individual and group behaviors. At OBU, you will develop the analytical and relational tools needed in a complex and rapidly changing 21st-century world.

Sociology


Graduate Programs

Marriage and Family Therapy

The MFT graduate program trains you to provide therapeutic services from a relational and systemic perspective in counseling agencies, schools, hospitals, churches, on the mission field and in private practice. Our program equips you to apply professional skills in order to bring healing to families, couples and individuals.

Marriage and Family Therapy

World-Class Faculty

OBU faculty are experts in their fields and will be with you every step of the way.

Dr. Bret Roark

Dr. Bret Roark

Chair, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Ralph and Marie Barby Professor of Psychology
Professor of Psychology

Lydia Johnson

Lydia Johnson

Administrative Assistant, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Jonathan Ashbach

Dr. Jonathan Ashbach

Elizabeth Randel and Ana Scales Assistant Professor in American Constitutional Law
and Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Brian Camp

Dr. Brian Camp

Professor of Family Science

Dr. Antonio Chiareli

Dr. Antonio Chiareli

Professor of Sociology and Intercultural Studies

Dr. Canaan Crane

Dr. Canaan Crane

Professor of Psychology
Director, MFT Program

Dr. Paul Donnelly

Dr. Paul Donnelly

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Director of Criminal Justice Program

LaShane Hill, LMFT

LaShane Hill, LMFT

Kemp MFT Clinic Director

Dr. Camille Lafleur

Dr. Camille Lafleur

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Dr. Karen Longest

Dr. Karen Longest

Associate Dean for Faculty Development,
Professor of Psychology, and
Director for the Center of Teaching Excellence

Dr. John Powell

Dr. John Powell

Professor of History

Dr. Sherri Raney

Dr. Sherri Raney

Professor of History and Political Science

Dr. Daniel Spillman

Dr. Daniel Spillman

Professor of History