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The College of Behavioral and Social Science monitors the pulse of society in virtually every area, from the latest trends in fashion to issues of national security.  Students experience hands-on learning through applied labs, field work, service learning and community engagement. The programs promote teaching, research, and service that enhance appreciation and understanding of the behavioral, social and cultural mosaic of life. The college is committed to transformative learning as means of fostering social change. Graduates of the program can be found in international settings working to improve the human condition, in classrooms with the youngest and most vulnerable, in public office working to create change, in fashion houses shaping the look for next season – all in pursuit of understanding and enhancing the human condition.

As the largest college on the NCCU campus, the College of Behavioral and Social Science is home to three institutes that bridge science and service:

  • The Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change increases the community's level and quality of participation in civic affairs and its ability to address racial, gender, economic, and other social injustices.
  • The Juvenile Justice Institute helps policy makers and practitioners make well-informed policy and program decisions and works to reduce rates of juvenile crime and improve the juvenile justice system.
  • The Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development takes its knowledge and expertise to underserved communities to train individuals in disaster preparedness across the U.S. The Institute also analyzes and designs emergency preparedness strategies for organizations internationally.

In the Department Public Administration and other programs of study, theory merges with practice through study-abroad opportunities. With an emphasis on health and wellness, the Department of Public Health Education uses an interdisciplinary approach to help students learn to predict, prevent and manage behavioral health issues, such as abuse of alcohol and other drugs, nutrition and obesity, fitness habits, and health disparities. The Dietetic Internship Program (DIP) in the Department of Human Sciences prepares graduate students to become Registered Dieticians who promote healthy living.

NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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