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College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

As Christians, we are called to serve “the least of these,” which in our culture includes those struggling through poverty, mental health issues, disabilities, broken families and other situations. SEU’s behavioral and social sciences degrees prepare you to be the light in the lives of the hurting and make an important contribution in your community and around the world.

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Commitment to Excellence

SEU is dedicated to the development of helping professionals who apply Christ’s love to human needs in our local communities and beyond. We focus on modeling, mentoring and encouraging students to discover and follow their divine designs with excellence. Our students gain valuable field experience through the completion of required internships and practicums and have gone on to graduate programs at numerous well-known private and state universities around the nation, including Harvard, Rutgers, Columbia and New York University.

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100%
of our MS in Professional Counseling grads have successfully passed the state mental health licensure exam.
35%
of SEU psychology majors continue on to graduate studies, exceeding the national average by 10% (2015 data from the American Psychology Association).
“I have the amazing privilege of equipping students to shine God’s light in even the darkest of human circumstances. I truly believe we can make lasting change if our actions and responses toward others are a reflection of Christ’s love for us."
Dr. Erica H. Sirrine, Dean for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Spotlights

Professor Christina Gard is committed to challenging students and equipping them to make a difference as helping professionals. In addition to teaching courses like Human Diversity, Conflict Resolution and Introduction to Psychology, she helped launch our Connect mentoring program and led our debate team to multiple state and national championship wins.
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    Christina Gard

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Professor Christina Gard is committed to challenging students and equipping them to make a difference as helping professionals. In addition to teaching courses like Human Diversity, Conflict Resolution and Introduction to Psychology, she helped launch our Connect mentoring program and led our debate team to multiple state and national championship wins.
  • Carol Zoffinger

    CEO of Zoe's Journey
    Southeastern University graduate Carol Zoffinger applied lessons learned through her life experiences and our human services program to establish Zoe’s Journey — a nonprofit organization that helps struggling women rebuild their lives and discover their full potential.
  • Lauren Copolo

    Psychology Student
    Lauren Copolo, a psychology student at Southeastern, shares about her opportunities as a student at SEU, including assisting our mentoring director and participating in the Connect program, a weekly Bible study led by faculty and staff members. She believes that the one-on-one interaction with professors and field study experience she gets at SEU are two key factors influencing her future career success.
  • Katie DeLoach

    Professional Counselor
    Katie DeLoach, an SEU grad with a master's degree in professional counseling, currently works as a licensed mental health counselor for teenage girls. In this video, she shares why SEU's small class sizes and faith integration was so important to her when choosing a graduate program.