School of Social Science, Philosophy & Religion

Through your studies, you'll gain an understanding of the past, a dialogue with the present and skills to address the future. You'll develop a broadly-applicable skill set and specialized knowledge as you seek potential solutions to the world's challenges.

In the School of Social Science, Philosophy & Religion, you’ll gain an understanding of the past, a rapport with the present and a sense for developing perspectives and priorities related to the future. Explore the intellectual, social, historical, political, philosophical, psychological, and religious values of our world as you seeks insight into the problems, frustrations, and potential solutions of today’s society.

Our professors challenge and inspire you to think and apply yourself in amazing ways. You’ll have the chance to travel the globe to see things you’ve only read about and experience things that will impact you for the rest of your life.

Programs & Majors

Criminology and Criminal Justice Major / Minor
Gender and Women's Studies Minor
History Major / Minor / Teaching Licensure
Political Science Major / Minor / Teaching Licensure
Pre-Law Pre-Professional
Psychology Major / Minor / Teaching Licensure
Social Work Major

“From studying history in another country to conducting their own Majors and Minors empirical research projects, students in social sciences experience hands-on, direct experiences in their field. Through theoretical and applied studies, students focus on critical thinking and analysis of what we do now as well as the possibilities for a better future.”

Dr. Wind Goodfriend

School of Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Faculty

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Dr. Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

Dean of the School of Social Science, Philosophy & Religion

!faculty.salutation.selectValue   Laura  Bernhardt

Dr. Laura Bernhardt

Deans Fellow and Honors Program Coordinator

!faculty.salutation.selectValue   Bradley  Best

Dr. Bradley Best

Professor of Political Science

!faculty.salutation.selectValue   Lisa Kesting  Best

Ms. Lisa Kesting Best

Professor of Business Law and Political Science

!faculty.salutation.selectValue   Swasti  Bhattacharyya

Dr. Swasti Bhattacharyya

Professor of Philosophy and Religion

!faculty.salutation.selectValue   William  Feis

Dr. William Feis

Professor of History

!faculty.salutation.selectValue   Wind  Goodfriend

Dr. Wind Goodfriend

Professor of Experimental Psychology

!faculty.salutation.selectValue   Stephanie  Hays

Dr. Stephanie Hays

Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

!faculty.salutation.selectValue   Kathryn  McKinley

Dr. Kathryn McKinley

Associate Professor of Social Work

!faculty.salutation.selectValue   Jessica  Mendel

Ms. Jessica Mendel

Assistant Professor of Social Work

!faculty.salutation.selectValue   Tracy  Thomas

Dr. Tracy Thomas

Assistant Professor of Psychology

BVU is Home to Iowa’s Only Board Certified Forensic Psychologist

Thomas’ private practice work equips BVU students with special networking opportunities and practical observation experiences, including shadowing Thomas when she testifies in court as an expert witness.

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BVU is Home to Iowa’s Only Board Certified Forensic Psychologist

BVU to Host Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting

To date, more than 100 poster and oral presentations by undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers from across the state of Iowa will be presented at the conference.

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BVU to Host Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting

BVU Professor Publishes Textbook on Social Psychology

Dr. Wind Goodfriend’s contract to write the book is the most substantial that the textbook’s publisher, SAGE Publications, has ever issued to a psychology author.

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BVU Professor Publishes Textbook on Social Psychology

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