BA in Psychology

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The Psychology program guides students in discovery of unique personal giftedness as it relates to vocational call. Understanding of the uniqueness of each person as God created them underlies each course. Along with a foundational understanding of human behavior and mental processes based in scientific research, students will understand normalcy and dysfunction with special attention given to understanding how faith and theory translate into application. Students will be prepared for graduate school opportunities, entry-level employment, and/or ministry in related vocations. Each course in the curriculum is intended to scaffold (build, construct) the learning experience toward a capstone practicum that will measure the ability of the student to apply concepts in a professional environment.

Options open to graduates include:
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    Apprenticeship or entry-level work (e.g., juvenile court, corrections, half-way house groups, social services, shelter for abused groups, treatment and counseling centers, other human services settings, etc.).
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    Graduate work at the seminary or university level.

Additional education and supervised work may be required for certification and/or licensing, depending on state and institutional requirements.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Articulate a basic understanding of the principles of human development and behavior.
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    Understand contemporary psychological theory.
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    Attain a basic knowledge of psychological research methodology.
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    Integrate the connection between the Bible and psychological principles into a model applicable to the student’s professional context.
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    Demonstrate mastery of the objective for the chosen concentration.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core for the specific courses that fulfill each elective requirement.

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematics Elective3
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    Science Elective4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Communication Elective3

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Elective(s)2
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    Literature Elective3
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    History Elective3
Choose one of the following:
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3 HOURS

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR51 HOURS

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    Techniques for measuring personality preferences and temperament styles (among other constructs) with the opportunity to cultivate self-awareness during the process. Use of assessment instruments and personal evaluation, including goals and values, to document a student profile. Insights to the field of psychology and its various entities and career possibilities.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    PS 207 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
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    A concentrated look at the behavioral approach to counseling and human development. This course provides practical knowledge and experience with a critique from the Christian viewpoint.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: SO101, PS102
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    Methods of research used in the social sciences, the appropriateness of conclusions derived from research, and the ability to generalize research appropriately based on particular research methods. Students design and conduct basic research and disseminate the research to their peers.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: SI141
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    A holistic study of the individual from conception through death. Biological, psychological and social aspects of all stages of life. Integration of biblical perspective as applied to the stages of development.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: SO101, PS102
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    Psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. Biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. Discovery of personal leadership and followership styles of the individual students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the scope of viewpoints about personality development. How to analyze the dynamics of personality with application in the therapeutic process of counseling.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: PS102
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    Social group influences on individual behavior. Behavioral expressions such as aggression, prejudice, attitude changes, and affiliation from the viewpoints of social science and Scripture.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: PS102, SO101
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    Abnormal behavior from various theoretical perspectives, including analysis of causation of behavioral abnormality and methods of therapy.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: SO101, PS311
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    The connection between the disciplines of psychological science and Christian theology. Traditional and contemporary theories of psychology evaluated through the biblical worldview.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisites: PS311, TH200
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    This capstone course offers the student opportunity to learn in a supervised field experience. The course includes seminars, small group experiences, research papers, written verbatim work and lectures by professional resource persons. The practicum setting includes venues such as prisons, mental health clinics, mental hospitals, general hospitals, and community and church-related counseling centers.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisites: PS114, PS225, PS311, PS321, PS323, PS404, Approval of Psychology Department Chair

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT0 HOURS

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    Introduction to the purpose, structure, content, and the good practices for writing a basic resume. Students are directed to the OCU Career Services website to build the resume.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: None
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    Appropriate dress for interviewing: style and fit of men’s suits, how to tie a tie, and details of professional appearance, dining etiquette, dinner-setting interviews, or employer representation at dinner meetings. Comparison between interview and work attire.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: None
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    Types of interviews, including one-on-one, panel, career fair, and elevator speech interviews. What to expect in an interview, how to research employers, and basic interview preparation. Attributes of a good interview, and how to practice those skills.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: None

CONCENTRATION18 HOURS

Choose one of the following concentrations.

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    General Psychology Concentration
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    Pre-Counseling Concentration
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    Research Concentration

ELECTIVES 20 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

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