Message from Dean Eddie Vela

Dean Gayle HutchinsonWelcome to the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences where our students, faculty, staff, and graduates make a difference in the world. Aligned with university strategic priorities, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences embraces a student-centered, problem-based approach to learning. Our faculty are highly knowledgeable, innovative, and talented in their academic disciplines. Their scholarship and teaching are rich and diverse, mirroring both the interdisciplinary nature of the college and diversity found in global communities. Courses merge theory with practice. Students experience hands-on learning through applied labs, fieldwork, service learning, and community engagement. Opportunities for student support are abundant through one-on-one advising, faculty and peer mentoring, scholarships, and awards.

Please explore our web pages and determine how you might involve yourself with us. Together, we will continue to make a difference in the world.


Dr. Eddie Vela

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." –Albert Einstein
"Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival." -Rene Dubos
"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." -Bill Gates
"The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking." -Albert Einstein
"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain
"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life." -Immanuel Kant
"He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin!" -Horace
"You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself, any direction you choose." -Dr. Seuss
"It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones who are most responsive to change." -Charles Darwin
"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place." -Margaret Mead
"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." -Malcolm Forbes
"A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it." -Albert Einstein
"For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." -Aristotle
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." -Anatole France
“Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.” -Albert Einstein