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Among the academic divisions at Brewton-Parker College, the performance of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division is consistently praised and well-received by all constituencies of the college. In a recent study of BPC student attitudes in regard to academic life at the college, the Division outranked every other academic division in all major categories of the survey—academic rigor, student satisfaction, quality of instruction, and the like. In fact, the Division was named the “Division of the Year” for the 2006-2007 academic year by the BPC student body and Student Government Association.
While in many regards a “quiet” division, offering majors in History, Human Services (social work), Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and minors in all of these fields, the Division is also one of the most vibrant at the college. The Division provides instruction for a great deal of the college’s core curriculum, as well as offering several of the most popular and viable majors available to BPC students.
In terms of faculty contributions to the life of the college, the Division has few rivals. The Division faculty members provide leadership to many aspects of the college, and have demonstrated great ability in their teaching, student mentoring, and scholarly pursuits. For the last two years, a Division faculty member has been elected by the student body as “Professor of the Year,” for example, and Division faculty members have won the Jordon Teaching Award with some regularity. In terms of scholarship, within the last decade Division faculty have published twelve books (including at least one “academic bestseller”), scores of articles, and dozens of presentations at professional meetings. Division faculty serve on the editorial boards of and have published articles in publications like the Journal of Learning Disabilities, Twin Research, Mercer Law Review, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Humanitas, and the University Bookman.
But the contribution of the Division is evidenced beyond the confines of the campus as well. The Division assumes an active posture towards outreach. The Division has raised the resources for and hosts a yearly Constitution Day lecture for the community and region in September, which consists of a major lecture by a scholar of the American constitutional tradition. The Division also presents regular public lectures related to the social and behavioral sciences under the auspices of the Albert Sidney Johnson Lecture Series. In cooperation with the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, the Division hosts a multi-week training seminar for new public defenders in the State of Georgia each year. Thanks to the generosity of BPC Trustee Art Hall, the Division has an ongoing major church-state research project that will bear great academic fruit for the college community in the years to come.
By majoring in the SBS Division, you can join some of the best minds on campus in search of the truth. Please consider talking to any SBS professor about your future plans.