2013-14 Unit Plan
Social & Behavioral Sciences Department

Mission Statement

The disciplines within Social & Behavioral Sciences Department uphold a solid academic approach that engenders life-long learning while fostering critical consciousness of self, socio-cultural, and global awareness. Students will be encouraged to develop and sustain informed logical and ethical perspectives with respect to human and non-human life. All four disciplines maintain rigorous reading, writing, and critical thinking standards.

Program Description

Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) consists of four disciplines: Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy and Multicultural Studies.  The Department produces substantial FTES and operates at very high efficiency levels.

During the 2012-2013 year the Social and Behavioral Sciences offered a total of 183 sections with 6,361 students that generated 639.30 FTES
 		 	 	 	
Department Accomplishments & Curriculum:
Each discipline is either in the process of, or has completed updating curriculum and strengthening their programs. Psychology and Sociology have completed A-TT majors, aligning with C-ID expectations. Philosophy is currently updating curriculum and per recommendations by the Curriculum Committee will not be developing an A-TT major. Philosophy is discussing the course modification of Western Religions course to Abrahamic Religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). It is recognized that academic inquiry into these specific traditions is highly beneficial to our society at these times of misinformation and prejudice of these traditions. Multicultural Studies is in the process of expanding its program to Multicultural & Gender Studies and is developing a major per the 
recommendations of the recent Program Review. Additionally a certificate of achievement in mentoring multicultural and disadvantage students is being explored and possible development by Christine Wood and Vahan Hovsepian.  Peace & Global Studies and Sustainability Studies are equally successful certificated programs that are growing in popularity among students every year. 

Philosophy 6 Introduction to Logic and Philosophy 18 Eastern Religions make up the majority of Philosophy sections. Logic meets a CSU Critical Thinking requirement (as does MATH/PHIL 8). Philosophy 8, Methods of Argument, meets the IGETC 1B (Critical Thinking) requirement (with the prerequisite of a C or better in English 2).
 PHIL 18 Eastern Religions satisfies the CSU Global Cultures requirement as well as a requirement for the Butte College Certificate of Achievement in Peace & Global Studies. Philosophy 5 Environmental Ethics supports the Certificate of Completion in Sustainability Studies and also meets the CSU C2 Humanities requirement and UC IGETC 3B requirement. Modifying the Philosophy of Western Religions will round out the program.
PHIL 16, Western Religions, requires a minor modification to become Abrahamic Religions emphasizing the material on Islam, and then apply for the Global Cultures requirement at CSUC.

Multicultural Studies
Per the recommendation of Program Review, Multicultural Studies is transforming to Multicultural and Gender Studies with an expanded curriculum. A multi-disciplinary team has been assembled, with a goal of constructing either a major or a certificate. This program has a rich history originating several decades ago providing students with an academic perspective on socio-cultural and political experiences that differ from the dominant Euro-centric approach. The discipline remains an invaluable opportunity for students of all orientations to find a place and viewpoint that validates or expands their understanding of the larger community/world.

Psychology
The Psychology program provides a unique combination of courses including cognitive, behavioral, social and experiential opportunities. The discipline seeks to build academic excellence involving personal transformation as well as fostering informed scholarship. Psychology is committed to assisting students to actively, explore who they are in a diverse and multicultural world emphasizing the importance of global citizenship.
Program Review was completed in the spring semester 2011 with glowing results. Since then, Psychology has worked diligently on Curriculum Review and has completed course development and modifications to keep current with academic trends. Psychology has aligned core courses with Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC): Research Methods and Biological Psychology.  The AA-T Psychology Major has been approved and has launched in 2012/2013 academic year.

Sociology
The Sociology program emphasizes an understanding of the external social forces that influence human action and how the wider society affects individual and collective experiences. Students learn that they impact global social, political, economic institutions and the natural environment. The importance of taking responsibility for making informed choices is highlighted. The courses focus on prejudice, discrimination and inequality in education, healthcare, and mass media. A strong emphasis on sustainability is infused throughout the curriculum. Sociology is devoted to the prospect of creating a better world through creative, engaged citizenship.

Sociology has updated their curriculum in compliance with Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) and in formulating a Major conforming to AA-T standards. Professor Riley is also visioning a major in Sustainability Studies. She will be developing this program over the coming academic year. 

Since the retirement of Professor Glenn Hoffman, Sociology is in need of replacement hire.  Additionally, several associate faculty members will be retiring leaving an even larger vacancy in filling course load. The problem Sociology faces is that CSU, Chico doesn’t offer a Masters Degree in Sociology, making associate hires prohibitive. Professor Riley has been carrying the weight of administrative duties solely. Historically, Sociology has had a minimum of two full-time faculty members to manage the responsibility of running a successful program. We have requested, and will continue to request a full-time Sociology position in the coming academic year.  This full-time replacement position has been denied now for two years. 

CERTIFICATED PROGRAMS

The Certificates in Peace & Global program offers two certificate possibilities: Certificate of Achievement (27 units) and a Certificate of Completion (17 units). These Certificates were established in 2006 by Christine Wood and offer an all-inclusive, multi-disciplinary academic experience. In Spring 2012 14 students received a Certificate. Students who complete the Certificates gain an in depth understanding on what it takes to make peace with self, others, and with the natural world. It provides a working knowledge on managing conflict and how to cultivate a world view where peace is possible. Students come to recognize they are viable members of the global family and a knowing of their place in the world. Service Learning as a component of the certificate offering opportunities to experience peacemaking and peace building skills with local organizations or while abroad at sustainable communities.  

The Sustainability Certificate of Completion (17 units) was established by Mimi Riley in 2007and is likewise growing in popularity. The Sustainability program aligns with campus wide goals for sustainability. Riley provides an extraordinary opportunity for Sociology 55 students who attend the annual Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California, where they are able to connect with other students, academics, and activists from across the country. Following this conference students offer the Butte College campus community a chance to hear about their experiences. Students are fortified with a vision of possibility for a future that thrives in concert with the natural world. Students in this growing field of study are defining careers. Thirteen students received a certificate in Spring 2012.

At the end of each Spring semester students in both programs participate in a ceremony where they are acknowledged for their accomplishments. Students, families, faculty and administrators are invited to the awards ceremony and are privileged to hear from the students on their plans for continued education at universities or through skilled trades. Students of Sustainability receive green cords, while Peace & Global students receive purple cords along with their Certificates.  

Lastly, these two distinct, innovative programs are on the cutting edge of community college education. Moreover, these programs prepare students for a future life in this rapidly changing world.  Both programs are gaining interest and continuing to grow.



Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Promote Psychology and Sociology Majors with their newely developed curriculum according to the TMC and AA-T.  This will enhance transfer rates and increase enrollments. Currently were are developing a major in Multicultural and Gender Studies along with a certificate in Mentoring Multicural and Disabled Students. Philosophy is planning a minor modification to PHIL 16, Western Religions.

Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    These AA-T programs prepare students for life in a rapidly changing world

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 2

    Peace and Global Studies and Sustainability Certificated Programs are multidisciplinary and foster a culture of learning.  Sustainability will continue to attend the annual Bioneers Conference in the Fall semester.  Peace and Global Studies will continue to be linked with Study Abroad.  In both programs students will be encouraged to particpate in campus wide events which support leaning beyond the classroom.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    These programs are cutting edge and innovative.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 3

    We have a dynamic department that is held together by our outstanding secretary, Sara Lanam. Once again she receives unanimous appreciation from full-time and part-time faculty for her performance professionally and personally. We wish to acknowledge her in this Unit Plan for her superior performance, trustworthiness, accountability, good humor, and always being a couple of steps ahead of the rest of us. She continues to uphold the kind of professionalism that allows for a smooth running department.  We request to have her placed in a 12 month contract.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Throughout the academic year her services are called upon in support of academic excellence and faculty performance

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Required Resources

    Sociology Needs  
    Mimi Laptop Computer  $1,905.00
    Videos  $1,000.00
    Bioneers Travel  $7,500.00
    Full -Time faculty  $96,596.00
       
    Psychology Needs  
    Professional Development  $1,000.00
    Videos  $1,000.00
    Brain Charts  $300.00
    Trephined Scull  $275.00
       
    Philosophy Needs  
    Wei-Ming Wu Computer  $1,905.00
       
    Multicultural Studies  
    Full -Time faculty  $96,596.00
       
    SBS Department Needs  
    12 Month Secretary  $4,000.00

    Current Revenue Stream

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Philosophy Equipment Wei-Ming Wu's Computer 110006111150900 56410 $1,905.00 $0.00 Wei-Ming is in need of a new computer because his current computer is outdated and defective.
    2 Yes Sociology Personnel Full Time Hire 110006121220800 $0.00 $96,596.00 Historically the department has been represented by two full time faculty to manage the department responsibilities and student concerns. Since Glenn Hoffman retired the Sociology Department has depended on one faculty member to carry the load.
    3 Yes Multicultural Studies Personnel Full Time Hire MCS has no budget $0.00 $96,596.00 MCS doesn't have any representation because as of right now we only offer two classes. To expand the program and keep it active we a full time hire and need to offer more classes.
    4 Yes SBS Department Personnel 12 month secretary 110006121200100 51110 $0.00 $4,000.00 Throughout the academic year her services are called upon in support of academic excellence and faculty performance. Due to a reduced schedule it is becoming increasingly hard to complete tasks in a timely manner because more disciplines have been added to her load.
    5 Yes Sociology Operating Expenses Bioneers Travel 110006121220800 54300 $0.00 $7,500.00 Money necessary to for students to attend Bioneers, a vital part in learning sustainability from experts in the field.
    6 Yes Psychology Operating Expenses Supplemental Budget 110006121200100 54300 $0.00 $1,000.00 The Psychology Discipline runs on a very lean budget. A budget increase would help the department get needed supplies for the classroom. Psychology is now offering two new courses according to the new AA-T major. The classes are in need of models and charts to facilitate student learning.
    7 Yes Sociology Operating Expenses Videos 110006121220800 54300 $0.00 $1,000.00 Videos are needed to enhance classroom learning for students.
    8 Yes Sociology Operating Expenses Mimi Riley Laptop Computer 110006121220800 56410 $1,905.00 $0.00 Mimi Riley is requesting a MacAir Laptop
    Total(s) $3,810.00 $206,692.00