Autism Behavioral Studies
The Bachelor of Science in autism behavioral studies at Saint Joseph's University is designed to meet the growing need for qualified, professionally trained clinicians, educators and researchers.
WHAT IS AN AUTISM BEHAVIORAL STUDIES DEGREE?
There are two tracks within the autism behavioral studies major – a clinical track and a research and advocacy track. Both major tracks cover interventions and support for individuals with autism. The major also includes the following:
- Principles of teaching and learning
- Understanding the population
- Neurophysiology of the brain
- Biological causes
- Navigation of medical services
- Health policy
- Coping with the stress of a child or family member with autism
- Coping methods for direct service providers, long-term care, and ancillary services
The clinical track includes a strong focus on both theory and practice in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and behavioral intervention. In this track, you can complete the required coursework and field hours, complete the exam and become a nationally Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®). Graduates from this track typically enter into direct clinical or educational service, oftn with a dual major in education or interdisciplinary health services.
RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY TRACK
The research and advocacy track includes additional coursework on the topics of resources, advocacy, adult services and transitions. In this track, you'll complete supervised research on a topic of your choice under the guidance and supervision of faculty in areas of education, health services, neuroscience or psychology.
WAYS TO STUDY
The autism behavioral studies program is available to all Saint Joseph's undergraduate students as a major and minor option. Many students decide to double major or add one or two minors to their studies to customize their bachelor's degree to their interests, passions or career aspirations. Students who major or minor in autism behavioral studies often also study:
- Behavioral Neuroscience minor
- Business Administration
- Health Studies
- Human Resources and People Management
WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN AUTISM BEHAVIORAL STUDIES DEGREE?
Graduates from this area typically enter fields such as:
- Psychological research
- Neuroscientific research
- Occupational therapy
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4+1 ACCELERATED B.S./M.S. PROGRAM
Saint Joseph's University offers an accelerated bachelor's/master's program that allows current undergraduate students to start earning their Applied Behavioral Analysis M.S. during their senior year. This model enables you to complete your undergraduate and graduate work in just five years, instead of the traditional six or seven. Combining your bachelor's with a master's degree can help you save time and money.
Autism behavioral studies majors interested in this unique option must apply to the graduate program in their junior year and be provisionally accepted before they complete their bachelor’s degree.
HOW WILL SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY PREPARE YOU FOR A CAREER IN AUTISM BEHAVIORAL STUDIES?
With a degree in autism behavioral studies, you will be prepared to enter the workforce or begin graduate studies focused on treating, serving, supporting, studying and understanding the unique needs and characteristics of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.