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Psychology Courses

Our Psychology major (62 semester hours) consists of two elements - Psychology and Human Services Theory, and Praxis. Students in this degree track will then graduate with a BA in Psychology and a Certificate in Human Services. 

Psychology and Human Services Theory

The program begins with a course that not only prepares a student for the methods associated with degree completion but also introduces the Psychology curriculum and concepts of lifelong learning.  This is a great way to ease back into university studies before starting the theory courses.  See the course descriptions below.

Theory Praxis Track

The PRAXIS part of the BA Psychology Program is comprised of practicums and a written project report.  This gives students the opportunity to earn 12-15 semester hours for concrete application of theoretical knowledge while practicing skills within the context of an organization. (A non-PRAXIS theory track is also available where required, but does not include the Certificate in Human Services. Ask for more information.)

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology

An introduction to the major concepts, theories, and procedures of sociological inquiry. This course broadly examines the foundations of sociology, social inequality, social institutions, and social change. Students learn about the systematic study of human society and its application in everyday life.

SOCI 201 Introduction to Human Services

An examination of the basic philosophies and social influences which underlie the helping professions and a brief review of the history of professional human services workers. This course must be completed successfully before a student is assigned a field placement.

SOCI 400 Critical Issues in Human Services

This seminar explores critical issues which occur across the helping professions. Basic questions concerning human nature and the influence of society are examined. This course also serves as a key preparation and support for upper level field placement experience.

PSYC 301 Theories of Personality

The major theories of personality, traditional and contemporary, with a view to demonstrating their usefulness in accounting for human behavior. 

PSYC 305 Abnormal Psychology

The symptoms, causality, and treatment of psychopathic and behavioral problems. Examination of research findings as well as theoretical explanations.

PSYC 326 Cognitive Process

Using the "information processing" approach, higher cognitive activities such as attention, memory, language, and thinking are examined in light of the current theory and research.

PSYC 408 History and Systems of Psychology

Historical roots of modern psychology. Major systems of thought within the discipline in the context of a Christian view of humans in the world.

PSYC 340 Interpersonal and Helping Skills

Skills for developing helping relationships from a Christian perspective. A problem-management approach to helping: helping theory and skills practice.

RELS 343 Issues in Contemporary Culture

This course examines a number of significant issues currently under discussion by both academics and “ordinary” thinking people in western culture in the light of key biblical texts relating to them. Issues will include: postmodernism, relativism, pluralism, and cultural diversity, tolerance, truth, euthanasia, stem cell research, and the perceived connection between violence and religion.

PSYC 331 Theories of Counseling

A survey of selected theories of counseling and psychotherapy: their theoretical base, view of the nature of the person, key concepts, goals, roles of therapist and client, techniques, and overall effectiveness.

PSYC 440 Psychology of Religion

An application of the tools of empirical psychology to the study of the development and function of religious experience. An analysis of the role of religious experience in the human personality. Specific religious experiences (e.g., conversion, prayer, glossolalia, miracles) are examined with a view to understanding their function in the normal individual.

PSYC 342 Psychology of Adolescence

The physical and psychological processes that take place during adolescence. Issues of identity formation, moral development, physical development, changes in family relationships and development of independence, sexuality in adolescence, a perspective on peer relationships and pressures, and anticipation of vocational preparation.

PSYC 330 Leadership in Organization

Comprehensive understanding of leadership. Theories, models, facets of leadership, and characteristics of effective leaders. Leadership development and current issues.

PSYC 490 Personhood: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Individual

A consideration of the function of world views, the meaning of a Christian world view, and the implications of a Christian world view for the understanding of persons and their role in modern society. Inasmuch as contemporary world views have been shaped extensively by developments in science, as well as by historical influences from philosophy and religion, an interdisciplinary approach is taken.

SOCI 320

A supervised practical experience with a community or social agency related to the student's interests and/or future plans. Readings, written assignments, and group meetings help students reflect on and integrate knowledge with practical experience.

SOCI 411 Field Placement

Supervised field placement in an approved social services setting.

PSYC 322 Research Methods

Issues and methods related to the conduct and analysis of psychological research. Internal and external validity, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, research ethics and analysis of variance. Projects involve both library and empirical research components.

PSYC 390 Field Placement-Special Topics in Psychology

An examination of selected issues, theories, or special topics within the field of psychology.

SOCI 420 Human Services Field Placement

Supervised field placement in an approved social services setting.

PSYC 497 Senior Thesis

Under supervision of the department faculty, students conduct a careful review of the literature on a topic of their choice as well as an empirical study of some portion of the topic. The final written result is submitted in thesis form.

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