Behavioral Sciences

To understand human beings and how God has created them. To learn more about the regularity, orderliness and dysfunctions in human behavior. To gain a better understanding of human behavior. Students who study psychology or sociology delve into all that and more.

In studying behavioral sciences, Olivet students focus on growing in their awareness and understanding of human behavior, including its causes and consequences. They have opportunities to use scientific research methods while measuring human behavior and obtaining data. Additionally, they learn to apply Christian principles in their studies and how to best serve humanity.


Areas of Study

As students determine their aptitude and what career they want to pursue, professors stand ready to help. Together, they customize the student’s training for the area he/she chooses. 



Preparation for Graduate School

Even in the competitive world of graduate school admissions, Olivet graduates have had historically high acceptance rates to the graduate program of their choice. Statistics and advanced statistics courses are required courses for Olivet’s degree programs, which help set up students for success in quality research programs.

Field Experiences

Field experiences are key to a well-rounded educational experience. Faculty members work with each student to place him/her in an area of personal interest. Students have completed practicums with local social service agencies, such as Shapiro Development Center, Riverside Medical Center and more.

Education With A Christian Purpose

Many variables - physiological, environmental, social, developmental - affect human behavior. Olivet's mission is to teach students, by both word and example, to become competent behavioral scientists, critical thinkers and compassionate servants of Jesus Christ.

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Independent Research

Independent research is an integral part of degree programs, especially for students who plan to enter graduate school. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students design and conduct one or more year-long research projects. Many Olivet students have received national exposure for their research through presentation opportunities at industry conferences.

Our Faculty

A noted researcher and professor, Dr. Kent Olney is the chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and teaches courses in sociology, social theory, marriage and family dynamics. His research interests include the historical role of religion in the deaf community, and marriage and family trends. He is passionate about strengthening marriages and families. He has been active in deaf ministry and has more than 20 years of experience as a professional sign language interpreter.

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