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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 format:

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MAJOR39 Hours

*33 credit hours at the 3000-level or above

  • 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: 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.
    Prerequisite: PSY1020
  • 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: PSY1020
  • 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: PSY1020
  • 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. Recommended
    prerequisite: 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.
    Prerequisite: PSY1020
  • 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: PSY1020
  • An introduction to the concepts and techniques of research methodology as employed in the behavioral sciences including experimental research, observational, and survey research. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate an understanding of the role of research for helping professionals; examine truth-seeking from a scientific, and from a Biblical perspective; critique current research findings in professional journals and identify appropriate research methodology for a given problem or topic.
    Prerequisites: PSY1020, PSY3060
  • 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 Elective 3

*May be applied toward the Social & Behavioral Sciences requirements in the GenEd core.

Please choose one of the following:
  • 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

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core
    • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
  • Minimum credit hours
    • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
  • Notes:

    1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
    2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
    3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
    4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

Contact the University Registrar's Office if you have graduation questions: 1 (740) 477-7780 or