May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Social & Behavioral Sciences

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

Faculty & Staff

Harvey Burnett, Psychology, School Chair
Melissa Ponce-Rodas, Psychology, School Vice-Chair
Erica Bradfield, Administrative Assistant & General Advisor
Karl Bailey, Psychology, Psychology Program Director
Herbert Helm, Psychology
Stacie Hatfield, Anthropology & Community & Int’l Development, Behavioral Sciences Program Director
Kristen Witzel, Sociology, Sociology Program Director
Joel Raveloharimisy, Director, Community & Int’l Development Program (CIDP)
Marlena Maier, Administrative Assistant, Community & Int’l Development Program (CIDP)
Dawn Dulhunty, Director, off-campus Int’l Development Program (IDP)
Rodrick Snow, Program Manager, Int’l Development Program


Senior Research Faculty

Øystein LaBianca, Anthropology & Community & Int’l Development
Duane McBride, Sociology & Community & Int’l Development

Faculty Emeritus

Dick Proctor, Psychology
Larry Ulery, Psychology & Service Learning
Lionel Matthews, Sociology

Adjunct Faculty

Brad Byerle, Criminal Justice
Carlisle Sutton, Grant Writing
Delia Barone, Psychology, Distance
James Newbold, Criminal Justice
Jeffrey Hudon, Archaeology & Anthropology
John Nay, Geography
Justina Adalikwu-Obisike, Sociology, Distance
Robert Bates, Anthropology
Steven Torres, Emergency Preparedness


The School of Social & Behavioral Sciences is concerned with the study of how human beings think and behave, both as individuals, and in social, spiritual, and cultural settings. The School is organized as a consortium where faculty share expertise and research endeavors in related disciplines with each other and students. By providing students with the discoveries and procedures accumulated from these versatile fields of study, our goal is to equip and empower students to utilize their knowledge abilities and skills to engage professionally within a diverse, inclusive, and global society; to further the mission of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church; and to restore men and women to the image of our Maker.

Undergraduate Program Policies and Administration

School Aims

This school aims to introduce students to the salient discoveries and procedures accumulated from research in the social and behavioral sciences disciplines and to equip and empower them to use knowledge, abilities, and skills professionally. Students will be prepared to engage within diverse, inclusive, and global societies; to further the mission of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church; and to restore men and women to the image of their Maker. The school fulfills these aims by three principal means: instruction by Christian professors; course work which develops a strong liberal-arts foundation and interdisciplinary preparation leading to many different fields of Christian service; and extracurricular participation by students in voluntary religious activities, community and civic engagement, and research activities that advance our academic fields and the mission of the Church.

Minors, Cognates, and Electives

Students should take advantage of the variety of undergraduate courses available at Andrews to acquire a broad education. Combining social and behavioral science courses as a minor with other areas such as business, health, or language provides avenues for reaching individual professional goals. Students should seek counsel from their advisors in selecting cognates and electives. Community and civic engagement is an important pathway to professional opportunities and students are urged to seek opportunities to serve.

Registering as an Undergraduate Researcher

Undergraduate research is another important pathway to graduate education and professional opportunities. Any undergraduate student wishing to do research with a faculty mentor must register for the research project course listed under that faculty member’s supervision for a minimum of 0 credits in each semester for which a student is enrolled and engaged in a project. Students must confirm a topic with their faculty mentor prior to registration for a research project (BHSC498, PSYC498, SOCI498).


Graduate Program Policies and Administration

Buller Hall, Room 203
Phone: 269-471-6538
Fax: 269-471-3108

Faculty & Staff

Joel Raveloharimisy, Director
Marlena Maier, Administrative Assistant
Stacie Hatfield, Assistant Professor
Carlisle Sutton, Adjunct Professor

Program Description

The School of Social & Behavioral Sciences offers 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-for-profit organizations; understanding of ethical principles and financial analysis for assuring individual and organizational accountability; mastery of social research methods appropriate to the chosen field of concentration; and the ability to communicate effectively to stakeholders about community development programs and plans.

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 to opportunities in the humanitarian industry as the MSCID makes students viable candidates for a host of consultancy positions requiring persons with skills in grant writing, not-for-profit administration, education, and philanthropy.


    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceMinorMaster of Science in Community and International DevelopmentMasters Dual Degrees


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