Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Administrator: Chair, Department of Psychology, Cultural Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates of this major and general education students will understand the scientific method in social science and graduates will be able to carry out a research project.
  2. Graduates of this major will exhibit basic interpersonal skills; an understanding of a variety of professional roles; the purpose of at least one community agency, the clients it serves, and the intervention methods it uses. 
  3. Graduates of this major and general education students will be able to use a variety of information technologies to research topics in the literature of the field. 
  4. Graduates of this major and general education students will be able to identify the major theories and contributors to the discipline. 
  5. Graduates of this major will be able to meaningfully discuss the nature and behavior of human beings from Christian and social scientific perspectives, and to recognize the points of consensus and tension between the two. They will understand how to integrate issues of faith and values with the theories and practices of psychology. 

Requirements: 50 credits: 41 core credits of which 19 shall be numbered above 2999, and nine credits of electives that shall be numbered above 1999

Core courses: 41 credits

PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSYC1615. Careers in Psychology (2) 
PSYC2100. Lifespan Development (3)
PSYC2215. Research Design (3)
MATH2240. Elementary Statistics (3) or
PSYC3640. Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis I (3)
PSYC2245L. Statistical Analysis Lab (1)
PSYC2955. Psychology Pre-Practicum (1)
PSYC3455. Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSYC3702. Counseling Theory and Helping Skills (3)
PSYC3702L. Counseling Theory and Helping Skills Lab (1)
PSYC3960. Psychology Practicum (1-4) (1 required)
PSYC3970. Junior Research in Psychology (1) (2 required) 
PSYC4111. Human Sexuality (3)
PSYC4112. Human Diversity (3)

PSYC4762. History and Systems of Psychology (2-3) (2 required)
PSYC4975. Senior Research in Psychology (1-4) (1 required)

Choose 2 of the following courses:

PSYC3701. Contemporary Approaches in Child and Adolescent Development (3)
PSYC3850. Biological Foundations of Behavior (3)
PSYC4110. Psychology of Learning (3)
PSYC4350. Personality Theory (3)
PSYC4511. Psychology of Religion (3)
PSYC4512. Social Psychology (3)
PSYC4761. Introduction to Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology (3)

Psychology field test to be completed during the senior year.

Nine elective credits in Art, Business, Christian Education, Communications, Criminal Justice, Kinesiology, Political Science, Practical Theology, Psychology, or another related discipline selected in consultation with a psychology faculty advisor: (9) 
Approved Elective Courses:

BSNS3510. Principles of Marketing (3)
BSNS3530. Marketing Communications (3)
BSNS3640. Principles of Management (3)
BSNS3650. Human Resource Management (3) 
BSNS4560. Consumer Behavior Marketing Research (3)
BSNS4670. Organizational Behavior (3)
BIOL3720. Genetics (3)
CHED2220. Instructional Bible Study (2)
CHED3810. Children's Ministry (2)
CHED3820. Foundations of Youth Ministry (2)
CHED3840. Family Ministry (2)
COMM2030. Interpersonal Communication (3)
COMM2010. Small Group Communication (3)
COMM3020. Organizational Communication (3)
COMM3050. Nonverbal Communication (3) 
CRIM3200. Juvenile Justice (3)
CRIM3550.Criminology (3)
CRIM4250. Criminal Court Systems (3)
CRIM4360. Criminal Procedures (2)
KINE2430. Health Issues in Today’s Society (3)
KINE2730. Nutrition Across the Lifespan (2)
KINE3560. Psychology and Techniques of Coaching (3)
KINE3600. Motor Development and Motor Learning (2)
PHIL3520. Philosophy of Science (3)
PRTH2400. Christian Missions (3)
PRTH3210. Spiritual Formation and Christian Discipleship (2)
PRTH3750. Compassionate Ministries (2)
PSYC2559. Psychology of Motivation and Leadership (3)
PSYC3094. Topics in Psychology (1-3)
PSYC4619. Introduction to Psychological Testing (3)
PSYC4659. Advanced Psychology (3)
Any CLTA course 2000-level or above (2-3)
SOWK1720. Social Welfare in Contemporary Society (3)
SOWK2110. Introduction to Social Work (3)
SOWK3250. Substance Abuse, Prevention, and Intervention (3)
SOWK3350. Child Welfare Services (3)
SOWK3450. Gerontology and Geriatric Social Work (3)
SOWK4094. Topics in Social Work (1)

While not required, it is strongly encouraged that psychology majors also take 1-2 years or complete a minor in a modern foreign language.
For Science Credit, one of the following is suggested:

BIOL1060. Human Biology and 
BIOL1060L. Human Biology Lab (1)
BIOL2010. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3) and
BIOL2010L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1)
BIOL3850 Biological Foundations of Behavior (3) and 
BIOL3850L Biological Foundations of Behavior Lab (1)