Social and Behavioral Sciences

Welcome to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences!

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), the largest college at FSU, is home to seven academic departments with ten academic programs. The 1,825 undergraduate majors and 171 graduate students share a common interest in the diverse ways that people interact in and experience our major social institutions, such as the business world, politics, religion, families, schools, and economies. Our students have many opportunities for engaged learning by participating in internships, study abroad programs, and community service initiatives. They learn how to use data through their coursework and by collaborating with faculty on research projects.

Students in SBS may find themselves working on an archaeological dig in New Mexico; serving as an intern at one of FSU’s academic centers, such as the MetroWest Economic Research Center or the Entrepreneur Innovation Center; presenting research with faculty at national conferences; using GIS to map inequality in local communities; participating in Moot Court and National Model United Nations competitions; taking undergraduate FSU courses in Northern Ireland; getting coached by top industry executives in a business class; or participating in an undergraduate class taught at a local correctional facility through FSU’s Inside-Out Program.





Political Science

Psychology and Philosophy


Meet the Dean

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences provides students with rigorous and challenging curricula focused on critical thinking, cultural competence, effective communication, quantitative reasoning, and global awareness, designed to provide them with the tools that they need to become active and engaged citizens and lifelong learners. Meet the Founding Dean of the College, Dr. Susan Dargan.

Susan Dargan, PhD

Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences

"As Dean, one of the most rewarding parts of my job is to interact with students and alumni to hear them talk of their experiences. Our programs provide students with a wide range of transformative experiences, and it is gratifying to see the differences that FSU and the SBS has made in their lives. I am energized by the work of our faculty, a group of highly-qualified teacher-scholars, who develop innovative programs and use a wide array of high impact teaching practices to help our students achieve their potential."