Eastern’s Behavioral and Social Sciences program offers diverse options for career goals


WILBURTON, OK (July 8, 2020) – The study of human behavior and what can be learned from people’s decisions and actions can help shape social issues and improve society. Eastern Oklahoma State College offers a diverse choice of degrees in the Behavioral and Social Sciences discipline that apply to a wide-range of careers and job opportunities. 

“Critical thinking, problem solving and understanding what makes people tick are invaluable skills that have a broad application in today’s workforce,” said Dr. Carter Mattson, dean of Eastern’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Division. “Organizations are looking for employees who can apply these skills in a range of careers including human services, criminal justice and law enforcement, counseling, public health, education, law, and human resources among many others. Our degree programs offer that variety and are an affordable option for students in southeast Oklahoma.”

Eastern offers associate degrees in child development, history and political science, psychology and sociology, and criminal justice with a Counsel on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) option for law enforcement certification. Most of the degree and certificate programs can be completed in two years or less.

Mattson said the degree programs are designed for students to either enter the workforce immediately upon completion or transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The criminal justice and psychology/sociology degree programs are also available in a completely online format for students who need to balance work, family and school.

Eastern has also recently developed an Esports Club offering competitive and casual play in a variety of video games. Mattson said the college has plans to expand the student activity club into a competitive team and become a member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE).

“This is an exciting opportunity for students to come together and join one of the fastest-growing segments in sports and entertainment,” Mattson said. “Our goal is to grow this into a fully sanctioned esports team with scholarship opportunities and a schedule of competitive tournaments against other colleges and universities.”  

For more information on Eastern’s Behavioral and Social Science programs, contact Mattson at cmattson@eosc.edu or 918-465-1774.

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