Psychology

Bachelor of Arts

The Psychology major is focused on preparing the student for graduate school. This program seeks to equip the student with a foundational understanding of human behavior and mental processes. 

Program Objectives

Students who complete the Psychology major should be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  3. Identify effective interpersonal relationship skills.
  4. Summarize major counseling, developmental, and personality counseling theories.
  5. Apply psychological theories to life situations.

120 Semester Credits

  • 36 General Education
  • 32 General Electives
  • 52 Program Requirements

 

RS3000 Research and Professional Development Skills 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on competency in digital research and writing skills that support academic and professional success. Students will also be introduced to online tools for practical, academic, and professional development.

CM3000 Christian Excellence 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on the attitude of the individual and how it impacts the ability and willingness to strive towards Christian excellence.  Students will also be introduced to reflecting on personal value systems, analyze techniques to exemplify Christian modeling, and exploring the transition from success to excellence.

PS3010 Life Span Psychology 3 credits 5 weeks

The approach of this course is a holistic study of the individual in the total span of life from birth through senior adulthood. This course is designed to provide a foundation for understanding human development. It describes the process of human growth and development, studies the needs in the major life stages and integrates the Biblical perspective of human development. 

PS3020 Theories of Personality 4 credits 7 weeks

This course is designed to both explain the major personality theories and stimulate critical thinking about them. The major features of each theory and a focus on the underlying assumptions will be presented. Throughout the course comparison will be made between the theories and principles of Scripture.

Prerequisite:
or: any introductory psychology course

TH4000 Introduction to Theology 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will be a systematic study of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, sin, salvation and other related topics. These themes will be examined through various passages of scripture within the context of scripture.

PS4030 Spiritual Dimensions of Illness and Recovery 3 credits 5 weeks

This course explores the dynamics of spirituality and religion that can impact the counseling process. The material on ethical challenges and specific elements of spirituality is presented from a Christian perspective.

PS3030 Social Psychology 2 credits 3 weeks

This course is an intensive look at social group influences on individual behavior. Behavioral expressions such as aggression, prejudice, attitude change, and affiliation are studied from the viewpoint of social science and Scripture.

Prerequisite:
or: any introductory psychology course

PS4100 Theories and Techniques of Individual Counseling 4 credits 6 weeks

This course is an introductory course for methods, techniques, and ethical considerations common to the counseling setting with individuals. Specific interventions will covered along with emphasis upon various theories of counseling.

Prerequisite:
or: any introductory psychology course

PS3600 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will explore abnormal behavior as defined by the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Students will analyze ideology and behavioral abnormality, and methods of therapy. Special emphasis will be placed upon cultural and demographic variables impacting mental illness.

PS4010 Learning, Memory and Cognition 3 credits 5 weeks

This course gives an overview of fundamental concepts regarding how we learn, think and store memory.  Students will explore cognitive processes of comprehension and memory along with an examination of learning styles and methods.  The student will be taught how to examine this subject through a Christian and Biblical worldview.

PS3050 Integrative Seminar I 1 credit 2 weeks

The Integrative Seminar is the first of two seminars designed to allow the student to focus efforts on a specific topic of his/her own choosing. Some areas to consider are specific mental health issues, counseling theories, personality theories, etc. The primary focus of the Integrative Seminar is to assist in the development of a topic and to introduce the APA writing style necessary to research and write the final project that will be presented in Integrative Seminar II.

Prerequisite:
or: any introductory psychology course

PS3060 Statistics for Social Sciences 3 credits 6 weeks

This course provides an introduction to basic psychological research techniques and methodology. Methods of collecting, organizing, and analyzing psychological data for quantitative research will be explored.  The course will also introduce statistical reasoning with a focus on fundamental concepts and statistical methods used in psychological research. (Recommendation: prior college level math course)

PS4020 Perspectives on Diversity in Counseling 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will examine the unique aspects of understanding and counseling people from culturally diverse populations. Several cultures will be studied for to understand varying backgrounds, acculturation processes and personal perspectives in the counseling setting. Possible approaches for meeting counseling problems with these groups will be examined with current theory and research applied.

Prerequisite:
or: any introductory psychology course

PH3000 Transformed Worldview 3 credits 5 weeks

The course will explore ways in which the student can develop a positive relationship with God as he/she explores the role of general revelation (the creation), special revelation (the Scriptures), and experiences God at work in the modern world. 

CD3600 Diagnostic Evaluation and Personal Assessment 3 credits 5 weeks

This course gives an overview of the counselor functions of screening, intake, orientation, assessment and diagnosis. The processes of interviewing and assessment and related ethical, legal and professional issues will be explored. The course will also examine and practice the use of tests, assessment instruments and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in the process of Diagnostic Evaluation and Personal Assessment of a client. 

CD3000 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is designed to introduce the student to the interrelated concepts of professionalism, ethics, and legal issues that present themselves in the context of counseling, with particular emphasis on the area of substance abuse counseling. Students will examine and analyze professional issues in counseling from both a legal and an ethical perspective.

CD4200 Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling 3 credits 5 weeks

This course gives an overview of several main group theories, explains and demonstrates techniques associated with those theories and reviews the main theorists associated with each. Students develop skills associated with facilitating group counseling.  Additionally, these areas of study will be addressed with a Christian and Biblical worldview.

PS4050 Integrative Seminar II 2 credits 3 weeks

The Integrative Seminars are designed to allow the student to focus efforts on a specific topic of his/her own choice in any related area as a capstone project. Integrative Seminar II occurs approximately one year after Seminar I and is the culmination of this capstone project allowing the student to demonstrate professional competency. The intent of the seminar is to better prepare the student for work at the graduate level, sharpening skills that will positively impact performance in the pursuit of advanced degrees.

Prerequisite:
Integrative Seminar I
Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling