Behavioral Sciences Division

The Division of Behavioral Sciences offers majors in anthropology, criminal justice, education, psychology, and social work and counseling. Minors are available in anthropology, criminal justice, forensic psychology, intelligence and security studies, psychology and sociology. Anthropology and Archaeology 

The department is oriented exclusively around undergraduate students and their needs. Students explore the dimensions of their interest in anthropology and archaeology while working with their advisers to custom-design their own concentrations within the major. Franklin Pierce students are seriously committed to anthropology and archaeology. They provided the impetus for starting New Hampshire's first chapter of Lambda Alpha, the National Anthropology Honors Society.

Criminal Justice
Integrated coursework in criminal justice is organized around careers in law enforcement, corrections, and court work. Our program of criminal justice study is also deeply rooted in the liberal arts. Faculty seek to produce graduates who enter the criminal justice field or graduate school with an appreciation of gender, religious, racial, cultural and ethnic differences, and an ability to think critically and follow ethical standards. We want our students to be inquisitive and to work towards constructive change.

Teacher Education
Teacher Education programs are offered in Elementary Education, Art Education, Biology Education, English Education and Social Science Education. Interested candidates apply for admission to a certification program after completing 12 credits at the University. In addition to the certification, program students must complete an academic major. Our program provides select students with small class size and individualized attention. Education faculty work closely with certification students throughout their academic experience.

Franklin Pierce offers both major and minor concentrations in general psychology. The University not only offers typical undergraduate courses in biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology but also offers the less common undergraduate courses in addiction, espionage, terrorism, abuse, perception, psychopharmacology, and sports psychology. A primary focus is on excellence in teaching and psychology faculty are representative of the wide range of areas of expertise in psychology.

Social Work and Counseling
The program offers students the opportunity for direct involvement with research, paraprofessional training and field internship experiences. The Social Work and Counseling program prepares students to work in any of the following areas: intake therapy, community social work, health and human services administration, community health centers, youth guidance clinics, crisis intervention programs, occupational therapy and rehabilitation centers, children's homes, nursing homes, hospices, psychiatric hospitals and addiction treatment centers.

Available Honor Societies Include:
Lambda Alpha (Anthropology)
Psi Chi (Psychology)
Pi Lambda Theta (Education)



Jefferson K. Allen
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
B.S., St. Anselm College
M.S., Boston University
J.D., New England School of Law

Davina M. Brown
Professor of Psychology
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Toledo

Jennie R. Brown
Assistant Professor of Psychology
M.A., New Mexico State University
Ph.D., New Mexico State University

Douglas Challenger
Professor of Sociology
B.A., High Point College
M.A., Ph.D., Syracuse University

 Jean Dawson
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A., M.S., University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

J. Forbes Farmer
Professor of Sociology, Social Work & Counseling, Criminal Justice
B.A.,University of New Hampshire
M.A., Atlanta University
Ph.D., Boston University

William Flynn, Jr.
Professor of Psychology, Social Work & Counseling
B.A., Lyndon State College
M.A., C.A.G.S., Assumption College
Ed.D., Boston University

Robert Goodby
Associate Professor of Anthropology
B.A., University of New Hampshire
M.A., Ph.D., Brown University