The major helps students integrate the Christian faith with current psychological perspectives. Classroom instruction introduces the expanding literature of theoretical and experimental psychology, while field experience enables students to understand, test, and apply psychological theories in real situations. Theories are evaluated from a Christian perspective, and application of psychological principles is encouraged to help students grow in their personal lives, interpersonal relationships, spiritual wellbeing, and professional competencies.
The psychology major prepares students for careers in psychology and related fields. At the bachelor’s level, several job options exist for graduates in psychology, such as paraprofessionals in clinics and hospitals, case workers in social service, educational aides, and staff in church and parachurch ministries. Those intending to practice psychology professionally, however, will need graduate-level training toward the master’s degree or the doctorate. The undergraduate program develops a broad-based competency that creates a deeper understanding of human functioning and prepares students for graduate school. Elective courses allow students anticipating graduate training to take more foundational studies, while those planning to enter a vocation with the bachelor’s degree may take more applied courses.
The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology requires completion of the following 128 credits:
General Education Core (57 credit hours)
Major Core (39 credit hours)
Electives (32 credit hours)