Academic Catalog 2016-2017 
    Jun 07, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Sciences and Humanities

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The Social Sciences and Humanities Division includes the Associate of Arts (AA) in General Studies and Communication Studies, the Associate of Science (AS) in Criminal Justice and Psychology, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication Studies, the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology and Criminal Justice degrees, the Communication Studies and Psychology minors, and the Master of Arts (MA) Counseling degree. The AA and AS degrees include courses that are used by other undergraduate degrees to meet core requirements and serve as electives.

The Communication Studies major provides a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical application in communication studies, exploring interpersonal communication, small group communication, and organizational communication. The Communication Studies prepares students for careers in business, service-providing industries, human resources, broadcasting, telecommunications, public advocacy, and governmental agencies.

The Criminal Justice major provides a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical application in criminal justice, preparing students for careers in juvenile justice, law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, and various governmental positions. Students pursuing a career in criminal justice will have the coursework they need to understand and contribute to the criminal justice system.

The Psychology major is a regionally accredited undergraduate degree that integrates the Christian faith with current psychological perspectives. Major theories in psychology are evaluated from a Christian perspective and application of psychological principles is encouraged to help students grow personally and in their professional competencies.

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) degree prepares students to be professional counselors. The MAC program at Colorado Christian University combines rigorous coursework, experiential learning, and mentoring relationships into a comprehensive graduate educational experience. What sets the CCU program apart is the Christian framework that encompasses every aspect and promotes study of the whole person, including the spiritual dimension. In addition to counseling courses, students are given the unique opportunity to take Bible classes that explore the relationship between faith and psychology. 

The MAC program equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become influential and effective licensed professional counselors. Throughout the program, students are challenged to take what they learn in the classroom and on field experiences and use it to make an impact in their communities, churches, and families.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are academically prepared to take the National Counselor Exam, which is the licensure exam for the state of Colorado and many other states. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) approved curriculum also prepares students to take the licensure exams for clinical mental health in many other states. 

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