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The Bachelor of Arts with a major 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:
  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  • Identify effective interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Summarize major counseling, developmental, and personality counseling theories.
  • Apply psychological theories to life situations.
This degree program is available in the following formats:

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  • 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.
  • Conflict analysis and appropriate resolution methodology, with effective methods of commu┬Čnication for conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation.
  • 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
  • Concepts, practices, and applications of counseling theories in context of ethical and professional issues confronting the counselor today. A counselor's personal preparation and integration of theory with Christian and biblical views will be examined as students develop a personalized counseling style.
  • 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)
  • Skills for small group construction, application, and research, including group observation and analysis.
    Prerequisite: PSY3030
  • 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.
  • Cognitive theory and research applied to everyday experiences and mental processes. Overview of cognitive psychology and perception, including attention, memory and forgetting, and language and information processing.
    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
  • The connection between the disciplines of psychological science and Christian theology. Traditional and contemporary theories of psychology evaluated through the biblical worldview.
    Prerequisites: PSY3020, THE2000
  • 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
Choose one of the following:
  • 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 to GenEd requirements as noted.

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