Social and Behavioral Sciences
Welcome to the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SOBL). We are home to baccalaureate
programs in Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work
and Sociology/Anthropology. We also have accredited Master’s programs in Criminal
Justice and Social Work, and interdisciplinary minors in Behavioral Neuroscience,
Childhood Studies, Gerontology, and Victimology and Victim Services.
In a commitment to liberal arts education, the Mission of the School of Social and
Behavioral Sciences (SOBL) at Stockton University is to prepare students for the breadth
and depth of all Social and Behavioral Science disciplines and to produce well-informed,
well-rounded, and socially conscious graduates. Through engaging best practices in
learning, the focus is centered on the students and guided by the faculty. In addition
to gaining disciplinary content knowledge, specific learning goals include acquiring skills
in critical thinking, empirical analysis, and quantitative reasoning, as well as developing a
global perspective and an interdisciplinary commitment to understanding and advocating
for economic and social justice. These goals are accomplished while maintaining high
academic and ethical standards, and embracing diversity for the inclusion of all.
The Stockton University School of Social and Behavioral Sciences envisions developing
and supporting students in its undergraduate majors, minors, and graduate programs
to produce scholars focused on addressing the social, political, economic, legal,
and psychological needs of our community in a productive, vibrant, and inclusive manner.
Here are just a few of the many relevant and cutting-edge emphases our students are
- Forensic investigation in Criminal Justice.
- Hands-on experience with the Philadelphia Federal Reserve through Economics.
- Preparing for and assisting a growing population of older adults through Gerontology.
- Helping local government and the community with energy audits and sustainability projects
through Political Science.
- Measuring brain activity through state-of-the-art electroencephalography (EEG) equipment
in our Psychology lab.
- Becoming first-rate practitioners in child welfare through our leading Social Work
- Learning how to write grants for nonprofit agencies through Sociology/Anthropology.
Ashlee majored in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health, along with minors
in Childhood Studies and Victimology & Victim Services. Upon graduating from Stockton,
she was offered full-time employment at the Camden County Juvenile Detention Center.
Currently, she coordinates and proctors the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing
for all juveniles admitted into the facility. Ashlee also assists students one on
one at various ages and grade levels within the classroom. The Childhood Studies capstone
course requirement presented her the opportunity to intern at the Detention center
while remaining a full-time student. Her coursework within the Childhood Studies minor
gave her the knowledge and ability to intern at the facility working with juveniles
of various ages. Without the guidance and support of both the Childhood Studies and
Psychology faculty, Ashlee would not have been able to successfully secure full-time
employment after graduation.
Zach majored in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security. After
completing an internship with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
(NJOHSP), he was offered a part time position while completing his degree. Zach continues
to work for NJOHSP as a State Homeland Security Exercise Coordinator, developing training
exercises for federal, state, local, and private sector agencies across New Jersey.
Michael majored in Psychology and minored in Behavioral Neuroscience. He spent the
next two years developing his research skills and interests as Project Coordinator
in a health and social psychology lab at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, he
is a doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University
of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on using a mixed-method approach to better understand
how mindfulness training impacts health and well-being in adolescents and young adults.
Ashley majored in Social Work and minored in Economics. She went on to earn a MSW
at Rutgers focusing on non-profit and public management. After her graduate work,
she started and ran a group home for the developmentally disabled with Cerebral Palsy
in Northern New Jersey. Currently, she is Assistant Program Coordinator for Transitional
Housing at Community Hope—a large residential provider that serves the mentally ill,
veterans, and their families throughout New Jersey and part of Pennsylvania.
After graduating from Stockton, Greg entered a Ph.D. in economics at the University
of Missouri-Kansas City. He graduated with a master’s degree in economics in December
2013 and hopes to complete his doctoral dissertation in the near future. Greg took
several heterodox courses while at UMKC including ones on Marx, Veblen, and Commons.
He currently works for CVR Energy as a Lease Crude Accountant and believes his economics
background allows him to better understand the big picture of the company.
After graduating from Stockton, Aurimas worked as a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch
for two years. Currently, Aurimas is Managing Director at Intus Windows which he helped
found. Intus manufactures and distributes super energy-efficient windows and doors
in the United States. Aurimas is heavily involved in the green, sustainable, and energy-efficient
building design movement and industry. He is also a co-founder of the video blog,
IntellectualsDC, a platform for stimulating interviews of unique personalities as
well as high profile events. Aurimas received his MBA from the McDonough School of
Business at Georgetown University.