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The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at OCU leads to a broad foundation of knowledge in the discipline of psychology. Through the integration of a biblical worldview, students intellectually approach the study of psychology with a deep awareness of the challenges they will encounter in graduate school, the workplace, or ministry. At the completion of this major of study, students will possess a foundational understanding of human behavior and mental processes as well as basic psychology terminology and concepts used in: statistical and research methods, physiological psychology, and history and systems.


On completion of this major, students should be able to:
  • Articulate a basic understanding of the principles of human development and behavior.
  • Understand contemporary psychological theory.
  • Attain a basic knowledge of psychological research methodology.
  • Integrate the connection between the Bible and psychological principle into a model applicable to the student’s professional context.
This degree program is available in the following formats:

Explore the full enrichment of the traditional collegiate experience and make new friends on our lively campus in Circleville Ohio. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.

100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines. Serves both undergraduate and graduate students.

100% Online 8-week courses similar to campus classes with scheduled lectures, discussions and optional live-experiences. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.

MAJOR39 Hours

Students must have 33 credit hours at the 3000-level or above in order to graduate.

  • A 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.
  • 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.
    Prerequisite: SOC1020, PSY1020
  • A holistic study of the individual in the total span of life from birth through senior adulthood as a foundation for understanding human development, including the process of human growth and development, the needs in the major life stages and the biblical perspective of human development.
  • Critical thinking about the major personality theories, focusing on major features and underlying assumptions of each theory, with attention to the use of new and long-standing theories as they apply to modern thinking and behaviors in light of the principles of Scripture.
    Prerequisite: any introductory psychology course.
  • Social group influences on individual behavior, including behavioral expressions such as aggression, prejudice, attitude change, and affiliation, examined from the viewpoint of social science and Scripture.
    Prerequisite: any introductory psychology course.
  • An introduction to basic psychological research techniques and methodology including collecting, organizing, and analyzing psychological data for quantitative research, and an introduction to statistical reasoning with a focus on fundamental concepts and statistical methods for psychological research. (Recommendation: prior college level math course)
  • Abnormal behavior as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, with analysis of ideology and behavioral abnormality, methods of therapy, and emphasis on cultural and demographic variables impacting mental illness.
  • This course introduces concepts and theories related to cognitive psychology, historical and current cognitive research, and cognitive functioning through the lens of a Biblical worldview. An overview of cognition, perception, memory, attention, and language and information processing demonstrates the human mind’s fragility, plasticity, and resilience.
    Prerequisite: PSY1020
  • Understanding and counseling people from culturally diverse populations, including examination of cultural backgrounds, the acculturation processes, and personal perspectives in the counseling setting, with approaches for meeting counseling problems with these groups, and application of current theory and research.
    Prerequisite: Any introductory psychology course
  • 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 findings to their peers.
    Prerequisite: MAT1410
  • The physiological foundation for behavior and mental processes, including the biochemical, anatomical, and neurological basis for psychological functions such as emotion, learning, cognition, and pathology.
    Prerequisite: PSY1020
Psychology elective3
Choose from the following courses:
  • A capstone experience in which the psychology major utilizes learning from previous coursework, working with primary and secondary materials to craft an essay on a topic aligned with the psychology major outcomes.
    Prerequisite: Completion of major courses
  • A capstone experience in which the psychology major will utilize what he or she has learned in previous courses, working with primary and secondary materials to craft an extended essay under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
    Prerequisite: 30 earned hours of psychology coursework
  • This capstone course offers the student opportunity to learn in a supervised field experience through seminars, small group experiences, research papers, written verbatim work and lectures by professional resource persons. The practicum includes venues such as prisons, mental health clinics, mental hospitals, general hospitals, and community- and church-related counseling centers, or other human services organizations.
    Prerequisites: PSY3010, PSY3020, PSY3030

*This course may be applied toward the Social & Behavioral Sciences requirements in the GenEd core.

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