Department of Behavioral & Cultural Science

Welcome to the Department of Behavioral and Cultural Sciences. We offer a variety of classes in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology. Several courses satisfy the Behavioral Science requirement in the core curriculum while others are offered as electives for students wishing to pursue these fields as majors or minors at NCTC and beyond.


Anthropology is the study of human beings, their ancestors and prehistoric origins, and human diversity throughout the world. Common areas of study include human evolution, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology, art, religion, family/kinship patterns, human migration, and political and economic systems around the world and throughout time.


Psychology is the study of individuals and their mental processes, cognitions, emotions, and behaviors. Common areas of study include human development, sexuality, the self, personality, intelligence, perception, mental health, stress and illness, and issues related to counseling and treating an array of psychological disorders.


Sociology is the study of human society, culture, social institutions, social change, and social interaction. Common areas of study include marriage and family, gender, race/ethnicity, aging, inequality, globalization, deviance, violence, social control, education, health care, religion, poverty, urbanization, and social movements.


Instructors in our department bring diverse backgrounds and specializations in counseling, criminal justice, religion, health care, end-of-life issues, disaster research, sexuality, disabilities, family, and law. Our goal is to increase our students' understanding of the individual and of larger social forces at work in everyday life. We hope to foster growth by exploring human experiences, examining social patterns, evaluating remedies for indvidual and social problems, encouraging critical thinking, and expanding knowledge which may, in turn, help individuals more effectively navigate the world in which we live.