The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership teaches in the USMA core-curriculum and offers majors in the behavioral sciences. We teach two core courses, PL100 (General Psychology for Leaders, for freshmen), PL300 (Military Leadership, for juniors), and four academic majors, Psychology, Engineering Psychology, Management, and Sociology. We also coordinate and teach in the Eisenhower Leadership Development Program (ELDP), a partnership with Columbia University (NYC) that teaches a 15-course, 12-month program that grants a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology (Leader Development) to approximately 20 captains each year. Recently, BS&L and various USMA partners founded the Benavidez Leadership Development Program (BLDP), also with Columbia University, that teaches a 4-course, 3-week program that grants a certificate in Organizational Psychology to approximately 20 senior non-commissioned officers.
Overall, study of the Behavioral Sciences provides an opportunity to increase cadet, officer, and non-commissioned officer understanding of human behavior at several levels ranging from the individual through small groups, to organizations and social institutions. The courses taught and insights gained improve cadets’ ability to describe, explain, predict and influence human behavior. The Behavioral Sciences majors allow cadets to structure an appropriate sequence of electives which will ensure understanding of behavior from the psychological, as well as the sociological and organizational perspectives. This underlying basis ensures that every program of study in the department has direct and immediate relevance to the lives of our graduates during their careers as Army leaders and beyond.
BS&L Mission: To educate cadets in the behavioral, organizational, and sociological sciences to prepare them for careers as commissioned leaders of character, to inspire in them the values of Duty, Honor, Country and to provide the developmental opportunities for cadets and faculty that lead to personal and professional excellence during a career of service to our Nation and our Army.
BS&L Vision: A global leader in teaching and creating of knowledge for the practical application of the behavioral, organizational, and sociological sciences to enhance leader effectiveness across the human dimension.