Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Preparing Scholars for Service in Local & Global Communities


Welcome to the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences (DSBS), where students embark on an educational journey that prepares them for service in our local and global communities. The social and behavioral sciences are all about understanding the behavior of people – how we think and communicate; how and why we organize into cultural and political groups; and how we interact with each other and within institutions. Consistent with the UDC mission, we educate our students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, applied researchers, and civically engaged servants.

The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences is an interdisciplinary unit consisting of diverse academic programs. Our undergraduate majors – Administration of Justice, Human Development, Political Science, and Psychology, are gateways to graduate and professional school as well as careers that involve understanding behavior and working with people. Our graduate program in Homeland Security offers the Master of Science degree and its focus on emergency management of natural, manmade, or terrorist disasters prepares students for a range of opportunities in one of the fastest growing career fields.

Washington, DC, is a vibrant center of national and local government, as well as home to international embassies, foreign cultural centers, and national trade associations. This social and political environment serves as the laboratory for educational experiences that focus on teaching, learning and research. Our dedicated faculty members are recognized scholars in their fields, and work closely with students. Through experiential opportunities such as internships, agency-based placements, field practicum, and study abroad, students model future professional and career roles that prepare them for emerging job market demands of the 21st century local and global communities.

Dr. Shiela Harmon Martin
Division Chair 


Crime, Justice & Security Studies: Administration of Justice
Human Development
MS Homeland Security
Political Science

Sociology – (Program Terminated and in Teach Out) – This program is not accepting new applications. The program was discontinued, effective March 27, 2014, as a result of a resolution of the UDC Board of Trustees. Students currently matriculating as majors will be able to complete their degree program provided they remain continuously enrolled throughout the teach-out period. A teach-out program for this discontinued major is available for currently enrolled students.