Behavioral & Cultural Sciences

The Science of Human-kind
  • Anthropologist digging up ancient human remains
  • Phrenology models and expressions of a darker side of human psychology
  • Large group of people and the movement of the time related to social change and race

The Department of Behavioral and Cultural Sciences extends a variety of classes in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology. Several courses satisfy the requirement in the core curriculum while others are offered as electives for students wishing to pursue these fields at NCTC and beyond.

Our instructors bring diverse backgrounds and specializations in counseling, criminal justice, religion, health care, end-of-life issues, disaster research, sexuality, disabilities, family, and law. The goal is to increase our students' understanding of the individual and of larger social forces at work in everyday life.

We hope to foster growth by exploring human experiences, examining social patterns, evaluating remedies for individual and social problems, encouraging critical thinking, and expanding knowledge which may, in turn, help individuals more effectively navigate the world in which we live.


Anthropology is the study of human beings, their ancestors and prehistoric origins, and human diversity throughout the world. Common areas of study include human evolution, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology, art, religion, family/kinship patterns, human migration, and political and economic systems around the world and throughout time.

NCTC offers two courses in the discipline of Anthropology that may vary by semester and campus.


Psychology is the study of individuals and their mental processes, cognitions, emotions, and behaviors. Main areas of study include human development, sexuality, the self, personality, intelligence, perception, mental health, stress and illness, and issues related to counseling and treating an array of psychological disorders.

NCTC provides five courses in this discipline and  the courses will vary by semester and campus. Psychology courses are often required for students planning to major in Nursing, Education, and Criminal Justice.


Sociology is the study of human society, culture, social institutions, social change, and social interaction. Areas of study in this field include marriage and family, gender, race/ethnicity, aging, inequality, globalization, deviance, violence, social control, education, health care, religion, poverty, urbanization, and social movements.

NCTC affords six courses in Sociology, varying by semester and campus. Each course emphasizes the fundamentals of scientific theory, methodology, social patterns, questioning commonly held assumptions, and expanding each student's intellectual horizons.

Courses in Behavioral & Cultural Sciences

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Crystal Wright
Division Chair
Gainesville Room 824
(940) 668-7731 ext. 4320