B.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences
National Louis University’s Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences (ABS) equips students with the insights, skills, and theory to thrive in diverse roles working with and leading groups. This interdisciplinary program combines approaches from psychology, sociology, communications, and cultural and organizational studies to provide a framework for effective professional practice in a variety of settings and graduate study.
Consider getting your behavioral sciences degree at NLU if you:
- Seek to advance in your ability to motivate and lead groups
- Are interested in gaining a broader understanding of yourself and your interaction with others
- Want to develop skills in critical thinking, decision-making, oral and written communication, and problem-solving
- Think you may want to work in a professional role that involves human resources, education and training, organizational behavior or community service
Why NLU for a Behavioral Sciences Degree
In 1886, NLU was created as a learning institution dedicated to training teachers with the ultimate goal of helping others and supporting communities so they could grow and prosper. Today NLU continues to carry out its original mission—educating students so they may help communities and organizations thrive.
The applied behavioral sciences degree program at NLU has been in existence since 1978, and was one of the first of its kind. The program has prepared generations of graduates to bring insights and skills about how to maximize the contributions of individuals and groups to diverse workplaces.
We Make It Convenient to Earn Your Behavioral Sciences Degree
NLU understands that many students are balancing work and family commitments while in school, so courses are scheduled with that in mind. We offer classes at eight different locations throughout Chicagoland, so NLU is always convenient to your work or home. We also know you want to complete your degree as quickly as possible, so if you’ve already earned credits toward your bachelor’s degree, NLU can help you transfer them. And NLU students often get credit for some of the life or work experience they bring to the University.
What You Will Learn
- How to better understand, predict, and effectively address the behavior of individuals and groups
- How to apply behavioral sciences concepts to real-world situations
- How diverse cultural backgrounds impact today’s workplace and communities
- How to conduct applied research relevant to your area of interest
Plus, students complete two independent study projects that provide an opportunity to research topics of interest, integrate course concepts and skills, and refine written and oral presentation techniques.
In the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences program you'll learn about effective communication, group dynamics and human behavior so that you can make a difference in nonprofit, governmental, corporate, educational and other settings that need to maximize their human capital and serve clients. Graduates have succeeded in roles such as:
- Human Resources Coordinator
- Internal Training Specialist
- Social Services Case Manager
- Project Manager
- Community Liaison
The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences program is 180 quarter hours in length and, depending upon your prior college and work experience, may include general education coursework and elective coursework in addition to coursework in the major. Working with an Academic Advisor, you will develop a degree plan that includes any additional coursework needed for the ABS major.
All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at www.nl.edu/applyonline.