School of Psychology and Counseling
Dean: Professor D. Carscaddon
Professors: F. Brown, L. Smith,
Associate Professors: W. Fleming, L. Greene, J. Morgan
Assistant Professor: I. Naydenova, B. Thompson, S. Warden, S. Webb
The mission of the undergraduate programs of the School of Psychology and Counseling is to give students a broad overview of the field of psychology within the foundation of a Christian, liberal arts institution.
- KNOWLEDGE BASE OF PSYCHOLOGY – Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, philosophical foundations, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY – Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN PSYCHOLOGY – Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
- APPLICATION OF PSYCHOLOGY – Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
- VALUES IN PSYCHOLOGY – Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
- INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY LITERACY – Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
- COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
- SOCIOCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS – Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity as well as the dignity and complexity of persons.
- PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT – Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
- CAREER PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT – Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Graduates with the Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology are expected to:
- be able to explain and critically examine psychological theories;
- be able to write in APA style;
- communicate effectively in both oral and written formats.
- understand and apply basic research methods, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- assess psychological claims and make judgments on the basis of wellsupported reasons;
- apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to everyday life; and
- understand the nature of psychology as a profession, such that students will be prepared for a career or for seeking graduate training;
MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY
MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY
MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL
PSYCHOLOGY (39 HOURS)
The basic core course requirements must be satisfied. Classes required for completing the major are as follows:
PSYC 201, 206, 396, 397, 499, and 3 hours of Philosophy (PHIL 200 or 201). (In place of the PSYC 206 requirement, majors may take two of the remaining developmentally oriented courses: PSYC 301, 302, or 412).
Fifteen hours excluding PSYC 498 must be earned at the 400 level.
All prerequisites must be honored for PSYC 305, 396, 397, 402, 405, 441, 444, 493, 495, 496, 497, 498 and 499.
The minor must be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor.
PSYCHOLOGY AS A SECOND MAJOR (30 HOURS)
Students choosing Psychology as a secondary major must meet all of the requirements of the primary major. Honors program students majoring in Psychology may count Honors 400/401 collectively as one of the five required 400 level courses.
MINOR FIELD OF STUDY DETAIL
PSYCHOLOGY (18 HOURS)
A minor in Psychology requires 18 semester hours, including PSYC 201 and 206. Six of the additional 12 hours must be at the 400 level.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER MAJORS
All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement must complete a foreign language through the Intermediate I level (201).