Behavioral Sciences

Human Behavior

To understand human beings and how God has created them. To learn more about the regularity, orderliness and dysfunctions in human behavior. To gain a better understanding of human behavior. Students who study psychology or sociology delve into all that and more.

Students focus on growing in awareness and understanding of human behavior, including its causes and consequences. They have opportunities to use scientific research methods while measuring human behavior and obtaining data. They apply Christian principles in their studies and in serving humanity.

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Areas of Study

Starting freshman year, students receive instruction directly from professors who are accomplished in their fields of expertise. Instead of just meeting a list of deadlines on their own, students gain their education from in-class presentations and discussion, projects and practical applications. Professors are skilled educators who are also willing to take personal time to pray with students and discuss their future endeavors!

As students determine their aptitude and what career they want to pursue, professors stand ready to help. Together, they customize the student’s training for the area he/she chooses. 


Meet the Faculty

Kent Olney

A noted researcher and professor, Dr. Kent Olney is the chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and teaches courses in sociology, social theory, marriage, and family. His research interests include the historical role of religion in the deaf community, and marriage and family trends. He is passionate about strengthening marriages and families. He has been active in deaf ministry, education, research and sign language interpreting, and has more than 20 years of experience as a professional sign language interpreter.

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Education with a Christian Purpose

Many variables — physiological, environmental, social, developmental — affect human behavior. Olivet’s mission is to teach students, by both word and example, to become competent behavioral scientists, critical thinkers and compassionate servants of Jesus Christ.

Independent Research

Independent research is an integral part of degree programs, especially for students who plan to enter graduate school. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students design and conduct one or more year-long research projects.

Field Experiences

Field experiences are key to a well-rounded educational experience. Faculty members work with each student to place him/her in an area of personal interest. Students have completed practicums with local social service agencies, such as Shapiro Development Center, Riverside Medical Center and more.

Preparation for Graduate School

Statistics and advanced statistics courses are required courses for Olivet’s degree programs. Even in the competitive world of graduate school admissions, Olivet graduates have a high acceptance rate.

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