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College of Behavioral
and Health Sciences

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The College of Behavioral and Health Sciences has an enduring commitment to academic endeavors and community outreach based on empirical research and evidence-based practice designed to educate students and the community about the human condition and ways to improve it.

The College of Behavioral and Health Sciences has an enduring commitment to academic endeavors and community outreach based on empirical research and evidence-based practice designed to educate students and the community about the human condition and ways to improve it.

The College of Behavioral and Health Sciences has an enduring commitment to academic endeavors and community outreach based on empirical research and evidence-based practice designed to educate students and the community about the human condition and ways to improve it.

Behavioral Health Sciences students make the world a better place every day.

We seek students who possess a strong willingness to learn and are committed to making a difference in the lives of others. Degree offerings and programs within the CoBHS are designed to provide students with skills necessary to build and sustain a healthy society. We prepare students to enter their communities ready to engage and lead. With appreciation for inclusion, global awareness, and lifelong learning.


Areas of study under CoBHS
APSU scholarships offered to students in CoBHS disciplines
Undergraduate program offerings



Why choose a Behavioral Health degree at Austin Peay? 

Austin Peay State University offers many options allowing students to customize their education and develop specific skills. We offer several areas of focus from Social Work and Sociology to Military Science and Leadership.

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Department of Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Department educates students in a broad coverage of the field, including courts and law, crime and deviance, and institutions and processes. Criminal Justice is a growing department that provides students opportunities to examine the field from an academic perspective coupled with practical applications.

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Department of Health and Human Performance

The Health and Human Performance department offers a Bachelor of Science in HHP with concentrations in Applied Exercise Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Health Care Management, Human Movement, Public Health and K-12 Teaching.  Through our curriculum, internship opportunities, laboratory, student teaching, and service learning projects, we provide students the tools necessary for success.

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Department of Leadership and Organizational Administration

This department prepares students for work in professional fields in the U.S. Military, higher education, government agencies, non-profit organizations and more. Our courses give students the opportunity to explore new leadership and communication methods.

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Department of Military Science and Leadership

The Program’s close proximity to the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky allows Cadets to take advantage of exceptional training opportunities. These opportunities include the use of multi-million dollar simulation facilities, hands-on training with helicopters and other Army equipment, and attendance at Air Assault School. Additionally, approximately 20% of Cadets are former Soldiers and NCOs who bring a wealth of professional, tactical, and technical knowledge and experience to Military Science Leadership classes and labs.

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Department of Political Science and Public Management

From providing individualized instruction to keeping students abreast of internship and career opportunities, our political science and public management faculty members make your success a given. In addition, all of our doctoral-trained faculty members provide valuable work experience to help their students succeed. 

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Department of Psychological Science and Counseling

Psychological Science is the study of human behavior - how people grow and develop, how they think and learn. Students in our department will learn to use scientific methods to understand learning, motivation, life-span development, personality, normal and abnormal behavior, group and social behavior, sensation and perception, the treatment and prevention of psychological disorders, and the application of psychological science in the workplace.

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School of Nursing

The Austin Peay State University School of Nursing is designed to prepare the nurse generalist and nurses in advanced roles to meet regional healthcare needs while cultivating an appreciation of diversity and an understanding of the national and global healthcare environments.

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Department of Social Work

APSU's Department of Social Work offers an experience that will open your mind to social betterment, peace and social justice. Our professors work with small class sizes that encourage professional and personal growth. Our goal is to develop you as a compassionate, ethical and knowledgable social worker who is committed to helping vulnerable and repressed groups.

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Department of Sociology

If you are pursuing a career in social services, social science research, human resources, community advocacy, or wish to work with diverse populations to address relevant social issues then a degree in sociology is the right place to start. The Department of Sociology has experienced faculty who hold doctoral degrees and are nationally recognized in the field. The sociology faculty at APSU are deeply committed to teaching and mentoring sociology majors at Austin Peay.

Porter Jennings-Mcgarity
Porter Jennings-McGarity
Assistant Professor of Social Work

As an educator, the most exciting part of my job is preparing the next generation of social workers and advancing social justice through teaching, community involvement, and scholarship.
Jessica Fripp
Jessica Fripp
Assistant Professor of Psychological Science and Counseling

Students in our program desire to learn and grow as competent practitioners, rising professionals, and culturally competent scholars. Their passion is inspiring.
Christopher Wright
Christopher Wright
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

I'm proud to be involved in a school which allows me to serve so many of our veterans and military connected families.
Kathryn Woods
Kathryn Woods
Associate Professor of Leadership

I enjoy working with students from diverse backgrounds. Our programs offer opportunities for students who maintain many different levels of life and work experiences to study together and learn from one another as they share their experiences and find different ways to apply the course content in their personal and professional environments.
Eva Gibson
Eva Gibson
Assistant Professor of Psychological Science and Counseling

I look forward to providing my students with more service-learning opportunities and connecting them to the resources, professionals, and experiences in the community.
Grayson Elmore
Grayson Elmore
Clinical Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance

I look forward to the opportunity to mentor students, help them reach their academic goals in the present, and ultimately reach their future career path. I enjoy talking with students about strength and conditioning and rehabilitation science, and how to be a well-rounded practitioner in both disciplines.
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Dr. Kimberly Coggins arrived at Austin Peay in 2017, shortly after earning her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the University of Wyoming.

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How Do I Get Started?

Begin the application process now by visiting the link below.

Sierra Salandy
Sierra Salandy

"I’m a huge advocate for women empowerment, and I want to be a role model for young women, especially young black women, because I love inspiring others, and I’m very passionate about community service, diversity and sisterhood."

Derrick Tims
Derrick Tims

“I knew I needed to advance myself after leaving the military, and my best friend received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from APSU and spoke very highly of the institution and its psychology department. Since I’ve been here, I’ve found I like the friendly and accepting environment the most; the faculty and staff that I have worked with have been very approachable and caring.”

Hunter Burkhart

“I recommend anyone that’s looking into healthcare and more specifically nursing, to give it a shot and follow your dreams. Everything’s going to work out in the end.”