Feb 03, 2023  

Behavioral Sciences

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Buller Hall, Room 211
Phone: 269-471-3152
Fax: 269-471-3108


Duane C. McBride, Chair
Karl G. Bailey
Harvey J. Burnett
Romulus Chelbegean
Dawn Dulhunty, Director of off-campus International Development Program (IDP)
Herbert W. Helm
Øystein S. LaBianca
Lionel N. A. Matthews
Melissa Ponce-Rodas
Joel Raveloharimisy, Director of on-campus Community & International Development Program (CIDP)
Larry S. Ulery

Adjunct Faculty

Alina M. Baltazar
Dawn Dulhunty
Edwin Hernandez
Gary L. Hopkins
Harold James
Kristen Witzel


The Department of Behavioral Sciences is concerned with the study of how human beings think and behave, both as individuals and in social, spiritual and cultural settings. By providing students with the discoveries and procedures accumulated from this versatile field of study, our goal is to empower students to utilize their knowledge to further the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and to restore men and women to the image of our Maker.

The Department of Behavioral Sciences is organized as a consortium where faculty share expertise and research endeavors in related disciplines. The behavioral sciences are concerned with the study of how human beings think and behave as  individuals, and in sociocultural and ecological systems.

Undergraduate Program Policies/Administration

Computer Policy

In the behavioral sciences, the computer is an indispensible tool for collecting and working with data, accessing scientific reports, and for writing and critical thinking. As a result, the Department of Behavioral Sciences requires students to have a laptop computer in order to meet the requirements of the curriculum; this computer must be purchased by the student’s second year in the program or the semester of the first research class, whichever is earlier. Students are responsible for maintaining their computer with the required software appropriate for the courses that they are enrolled in as they progress through the curriculum. A list of required software and minimum specifications that a laptop must meet is available in the Department of Behavioral Sciences office; use of the computer varies by course.

Department Aims

This department aims (1) to introduce students to the salient discoveries and procedures accumulated from research in behavioral sciences disciplines and (2) to empower students to utilize this knowledge in furthering the mission of Seventh-day Adventists: restoring men and women to the image of their Maker.  The department fulfills these aims by three principal means: (1) instruction by Christian professors; (2) course work which develops a strong liberal-arts foundation and interdisciplinary preparation leading to many different fields of Christian service; and (3) extracurricular participation by students in voluntary religious activities, community service, and research.

Minors, Cognates and Electives

Majors should take advantage of the variety of undergraduate courses available at Andrews to acquire a broad education. Combining behavioral science courses with other areas such as business, health, and language provides avenues for reaching individual professional goals.  Students should counsel with advisors in selecting cognates and electives. Volunteer work is most beneficial and majors are urged to seek opportunities through the Service Learning Program. Those planning to pursue graduate studies should seek opportunities in research.

Research Sequence

It is strongly recommended that all BS majors take the Research Methods Sequence during their junior year.

Graduate Program Policies/Administration: On-Campus

The following details are related to the on-campus Community and International Development Program.

Contact Info

Buller Hall, Room 203
Phone: 269-471-6538; 269-471-6675
Fax: 269-471-3108
E-mail: cidp@andrews.edu


Joel Raveloharimisy, Director

Program Description

The Department of Behavioral Sciences offers master’s-level education leading to a Master of Science in Community & International Development (MSCID). The competencies graduates are expected to acquire include social-science foundations of community and international development, especially with regard to understanding the causes of poverty and the meaning of people-centered development; skills related to planning, implementing, and evaluating development projects including grantsmanship; knowledge of basic principles of organizational behavior; leadership and management as they relate to not-forprofit organizations; understanding of ethical principles and financial analysis for assuring individual and organizational accountability; competency in at least one concentration area of development emphasis to meet the student’s career goals; mastery of social research methods appropriate to the chosen field of concentration, and the ability to communicate effectively to stakeholders about community development program and plans. Courses are taught on the campus of Andrews University: students who are interested may attend up to one off-campus intensive session with the MS in International Development.

Depending in part on previous work experience, graduates who pursue the Master of Science in Community and International Development may find employment working for inner-city development agencies, education based service-learning organizations, faith-based community service organizations, grass-roots community advocacy groups, national and international faith-based NGOs, United Nations organizations, government organizations, and other development and relief agencies. Graduates are not limited by their concentration to opportunities in the humanitarian industry as the MSCID training make students viable candidates for a host of consultancy positions requiring persons with skills in grant writing, not-forprofit administration, education and philanthropy.

Graduate Program Policies/Administration: Off-Campus

The following details are related to the off-campus International Development Program.

Contact Info

Buller Hall, Room 226
Phone: 269-471-3668
Fax: 269-471-3108
E-mail: idp@andrews.edu


Dawn Dulhunty, Director
Romulus Chelbegean, Concentration Advisor
Lilianne Doukhan, Concentration Advisor
Tevni Grajales Guerra, Concentration Advisor
Herbert Helm, Concentration Advisor
Darius Jankiewicz, Concentration Advisor
Thomas Lowing, Concentration Advisor
Marcella Myers, Concentration Advisor
Lucile Sabas, Concentration Advisor
David Steen, Concentration Advisor

Program Description

Education at Andrews University has always been rooted in the concept of Christian service. Educators, administrators, nurses, agronomists, and various technicians have developed schools, hospitals, agricultural programs, and a host of other institutions and facilities that can improve the quality of life for people everywhere. Through its Off-Campus Programs, Andrews University has made it possible for students to earn degrees at off-campus locations around the world. The International Development Program is one such option. The principal purpose of this program is to provide a venue for leadership training of professionals whose work responsibilities and life situation do not permit a return to full-time study at a university campus. The interdisciplinary program takes three to five years to complete and it draws on the strength of all six schools of the university. Students attend 2-3 week intensive sessions at extension sites in various locations around the world. The goal of the program is to strengthen organizations in project management skills and administration. The ultimate goal is to enable graduates to acquire whatever capacities they need to be effective agents in assisting communities to attain well-being for its present members and their future generations.

Administration of the Program

The Master of International Development Administration degree follows an off-campus format and is known as the International Development Program (IDP). This program is administered by a number of committees. The IDP Coordinating Committee includes program administrators and faculty (current and emeritus) of Andrews University who regularly attend the off-campus sessions to advise students, provide guidance on curricula, selection of teachers, and student learning outcomes. Program recommendations are also sent to the following committees for appropriate action: IDP Council, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Off-campus Programs, CAS Graduate Council, and the University Graduate Council. Further, these committees receive council from the IDP Advisory Board, which consists of academics, representatives of NGO organizations, and church administrators.

The day-to-day administration of the program is the responsibility of the International Development Program office headed by the Director of the International Development Program.

Teaching Sites

The International Development Program offers its classes in multiple regions and languages around the world. Venues and languages are subject to change but currently include Chile (Spanish), Ghana (French and English), Italy (English), Kenya (English), Rwanda (French and English), South Africa (English), and South Sudan (English). A university campus is the preferred venue in each region for the teaching sessions.


    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceMinorMaster of International Development AdministrationMaster of Science in Community and International DevelopmentMasters Dual DegreesGraduate Certificates


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