HBSE Sequence

SSW professor Pegg O'Neill and three Smith MSW students, looking at a laptop computer

The psychosocial perspective serves as the primary guide in shaping the human behavior in the social environment (HBSE) curriculum.

Courses focus on bodies of knowledge and theory that help to explain the intimate and extended contexts that shape human development and experience, that help explore the inner lives and psychological functioning of children and adults, and that help to explain the complex interactions between person and context.

Content on individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, culture, social structure and political and economic forces—as well as on the relationships among various groupings—is all an integral part of the HBSE curriculum.