Jul 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Matthew J. Smith, Dean
3401 HB, (540) 831-5149

Dr. Kim Gainer, Associate Dean
3401 HB, (540) 831-5149

Gloria Tuckwiller, Director of Advising
3301 HB, (540) 831-6366

The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences offers a variety of majors and minors designed to prepare students for success in life after graduation. The College supports programs that develop a broad range of discipline specific and professional competencies, and the College contributes to the larger liberal arts and general education goals at Radford University. Through traditional course work and a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including internships, students learn to think critically, to write effectively, to speak compellingly, and to explore issues and problems from a variety of well-informed perspectives, for academic and professional success, as well as active and productive citizenship.  Students are offered opportunities to serve their communities while being prepared for jobs after graduation in such diverse professions as law enforcement, national security, public relations, creative media, legislative affairs, professional writing, research and data analysis, counseling and teaching. The curriculum is innovative and continually developing to meet the evolving needs of students.

Faculty members are dedicated teachers and scholars. Many have been recognized at the highest levels for their dedicated and highly successful work with students. Members of the College have won the prestigious Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, the Radford University Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Donald N. Dedmon Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, the Radford University Foundation Distinguished Creative Scholar Award, and the Radford University Distinguished Service Award.

Students in the college are themselves highly successful with many continuing on for graduate degrees at highly rated and nationally recognized programs. Students regularly present their research at a variety of state, regional, national, and international conferences in conjunction with faculty members, including the American Society of Criminology, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, The Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium, Virginia Association of Teachers of English, the Phi Alpha Theta Conference, Southeastern Psychological Association, The Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate Student Conference, the American Mental Health Counseling Association, the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, the Virginia Psychological Association, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Southern Sociological Society, the National Communication Association, and many others. They are also recipients of a variety of honors and awards.

Undergraduates in the college may earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in 12 undergraduate majors, the master’s degree in four areas, and the Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. Many of the majors offer several concentrations from which the student may choose. (These degrees are listed below.)

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in counseling psychology is designed for persons interested in careers as psychologists in mental health settings and institutions where clinical supervision and the direct application of counseling, therapy, and psychological assessment are required. The program follows a practitioner/scholar model with an emphasis on clinical training and the application of research to practice.

The School of Communication emphasizes the role of communication as central to the health and well-being of our nation, its media, institutions, organizations, groups, cultures, and individuals. The School supports students majoring in Communication who wish to concentrate in Public Relations or Communication Studies, or in Media Studies, for students, who wish to concentrate in Advertising, Journalism, or Production Technology.

The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences includes eight academic departments, the Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts (non-teaching) major, and one school:

Criminal Justice
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Political Science
School of Communication

In addition to the programs listed above, there are seven specialized areas within the college:

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Forensic Studies is designed to provide a background in criminal investigation, criminal evidence, and criminalistics, allowing students to explore these fields as they relate to the criminal justice system. (See here .)

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Cinematic Arts, jointly supported by the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts, provides students with a solid foundation in the historical, critical, and aesthetic aspects found in the area of cinema. (See here .)

Students who desire to complement their foreign language skills with a cultural focus may obtain an Intercultural Studies minor. (See here .)

The minor in Leadership is an interdisciplinary course of study meant to complement any major on campus by introducing perspectives and competencies to empower students to practice leadership, exercise authority, and manage change in their roles as professionals and active citizens. (See here  .)

The International Studies Program, which offers a minor in International Studies, prepares students to participate in an increasingly interdependent world. The program emphasizes understanding other countries through studies of their arts, language, history, and geography, as well as their political and economic systems. (See here .)

The ROTC Program, staffed by Army commissioned and noncommissioned officers, offers students an opportunity for scholarships and a career in the regular Army, the Army Reserve, or the National Guard. This program offers a minor in Leadership and Military Science that is available to all university students. (See here .)

The Women’s and Gender Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on women, gender, and issues of diversity and (in)equality both locally and globally. ( See here .)

Of the approximately 120 faculty members in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, more than 90 percent hold the doctoral degree.

Both undergraduate and graduate programs within the college provide close student-faculty relationships designed to meet the needs of individual students.


Advising Center
3301 HB, (540) 831-6366

Each student in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences is assigned an advisor. Students meet with that person for registration advising during the Fall and Spring semesters.   Students majoring in a Foreign Language or Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts are assigned a Professional Academic Advisor in the Advising Center for each semester’s registration advising.  All other students are assigned a professional advisor, in the Advising Center or Academic Success Center, or a faculty advisor within their respective departments.

In addition, the College Advising Center (3301 HB) provides professional assistance for all students in the College and across the University. The Center’s staff provides support and guidance to those who have questions or concerns about such things as curricula, academic procedures, grade point calculations, referrals to other academic and student support services, or graduation requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all graduation requirements are met as specified by his or her program and the staff help support that process through a dynamic relationship.

Degree Requirements

All students majoring in fields of study in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences must meet university Core Courses requirements. (See here .)

Requirements of individual academic majors are listed under department headings.