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Courses | B.A. in Psychology

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.


Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.


Prerequisite Course

A survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include development, cognition, learning, motivation, physiology, socialization, personality and psychopathology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Behavioral Science credit. Grade Mode: A.

Major Courses

An introduction to the nature and process of the application of Christian thought to the study and practice of psychology. Grade Mode: A.
Basic statistics for psychological research. Descriptive statistics, correlation/regression and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing, type I and II errors, t-tests, analysis of variance, and several non-parametric tests including chi-square. Not for Core Curriculum math/science requirement. Notes: Concurrent with PSYC 211. Grade Mode: A.
Use of Excel and the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) to obtain descriptive and inferential statistics covered in 211. Experience in developing surveys, analyzing survey data and writing research reports. Notes: Concurrent with PSYC 209 unless PSYC 209 has been met with transfer credits or AP credit. Grade Mode: A.
Philosophy, methodology and analysis of the experimental method. Discussions of problems in conducting and evaluating psychological research. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour laboratory. Grade Mode: A.
A study of the theory and research concerning lifespan development. Consideration will be given to the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and moral aspects of human development across the entire span from conception to death. Discussion will include timely issues of personal relevance to the student's own developmental pathway. Grade Mode: A.
This course focuses on the underlying cognitive processes directing behavior. Topics include, but are not limited to, the neural basis of cognition, perception and attention, perception- and meaning-based knowledge representations (schemas), memory concepts and principles, problem solving, reasoning, language structure and use, cognitive development, and the nature of intelligence. Grade Mode: A.
An overview of personality theories including the primary representatives of the major schools: analytic or dynamic, humanistic-existential and cognitive behavioral which will be evaluated in the context of Christian framework. Grade Mode: A.

Elective Courses

An examination of human sexual functioning, behavior, relationships, and feelings. Issues of sexuality are discussed within spiritual, psychological, cultural, and medical/health related perspectives. Grade Mode: A.
Theory and principles of psychological assessment and testing including the construction, reliability, validity and application of assessment methods and devices in various professional settings. Grade Mode: A.
Nature, causes and treatment of abnormal behavior, including the full range of mental disorders identified within current categorical systems. Grade Mode: A.
An examination of the nature and scope of religious experience including such issues as the development of religious concepts and values, conversion, the experience of prayer and spiritual maturity. Attention is also given to issues in the integration of psychology and theology. Grade Mode: A.
A study of the application of the principles of psychology in industrial and organizational settings. Grade Mode: A.
Covers significant contemporary theoretical and clinical literature of marriage as a social and religious institution and an intimate, committed interpersonal psychological relationship. Includes topics such as the neurobiology of emotions and adult love, the psychology of interpersonal communication, conflict and problem solving, marital sexuality, gender issues, the developmental course of the marital relationship, emotional abuse and violence, and spirituality in marriage. Grade Mode: A.
This course is designed to increase student awareness of the historical treatment of cross-cultural issues within a psychological context and to explore psychological issues in various cultural contexts within the American culture and worldwide. Attention is paid to the psychological dynamics involved in the formation and reduction of prejudices, discrimination, and stereotypes. Grade Mode: A.
An in-depth study of theory and research concerning the child and adolescent period. Issues to be considered will include physiological, psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual development from the period of conception through adolescence. Both pathogenic and adaptive patterns will be addressed with a view to facilitating optimal development. Grade Mode: A.
An examination of family from three different perspectives: Scriptural, cultural and clinical. A major goal of the course is to stimulate thinking regarding the integration of these perspectives. Particular emphasis will be placed on the study of family purpose, roles within the family, and psychological processes leading to healthy and unhealthy outcomes. Grade Mode: A.
Analysis of social behavior, including social cognition, attitude formation and change, conformity, prejudice, group processes, etc. Both theory and research findings will be examined. Grade Mode: A.

A study of the physiological bases of behavior including neural, sensory, motor and chemical aspects with an emphasis on application to human rather than animal process. Notes: Biology 311 - Neurobiology may be taken as an alternative to this course. Grade Mode: A.

Reading and bi-weekly discussion with professor of record in a topic of the student's choosing. The student is expected to work out, with the professor's supervision, a detailed course proposal and bibliography and submit with a Learning Contract form available from the departmental office. Notes: May receive no more than a total of 6 credits for 414, 450 and 480 combined. Grade Mode: A.
Emphasis on core facilitation skills. Supportive, re-educative and reconstructive therapies considered. Personal growth activities incorporated. Grade Mode: A.
Concepts and techniques involved in the analysis and interpretation of clinical and research data. Lecture and laboratory descriptive and inferential statistics. Major topics include correlation and regression, tests of significance and introduction to analysis of variance. Both parametric and non-parametric approaches are covered. Instruction assumes undergraduate background in statistics. Notes: This course may be taken by senior psychology majors at the graduate level, course RSPY 502. Contact the department for details. Grade Mode: A.
An overview of the history of psychology and classical systems in psychology. The class also considers issues in the philosophy of science relevant to psychological systems, research, theory, and practice. Notes: This course may be taken by senior psychology majors at the graduate level, course RSPY 530. Contact the department for details. Grade Mode: A.

The directed field work course is an opportunity for psychology majors to gain valuable off (or on) campus, job-related experience in an approved psychological setting or agency. The purpose of this field work is to give students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with real world experiences. Students will receive supervised experienced in a mental health, educational, correctional, or related setting. This front-line exposure will help the student to clarify their personal and professional goals. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits. May receive no more than a total of 6 credits for PSYC 414, PSYC 450, PSYC 455, and PSYC 480 combined. Four credits of PSYC 450 may be used toward the major. Grade Mode: A. 

Reading, research and discussion of selected topics in the field of psychology. Grade Mode: A.

Research activity under the supervision of the primary researcher or self-directed research under the supervision of the professor of record. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits. May receive no more than a total of 6 credits for PSYC 414, PSYC 450, PSYC 455, and PSYC 480 combined. Four credits of PSYC 480 may be used toward the major. Grade Mode: A.


Graduate Courses

Senior level undergraduate psychology majors may take certain graduate courses with permission.

Concepts and techniques involved in the analysis and interpretation of clinical and research data. Lecture and laboratory descriptive and inferential statistics. Major topics include correlation, multiple regression, tests of significance and analysis of variance. Instruction assumes undergraduate background in statistics. Notes: Required of Psy.D., Ph.D. This graduate level course may be taken by senior psychology majors with consent of the departmental chair obtained through a permission request form from the Psychology Department (see PSYC 420). Grade Mode: A.
An overview of the history of psychology and classical systems in psychology. The class also considers issues in the philosophy of science relevant to psychological systems, research, theory, and practice. Notes: Required of Psy.D., Ph.D. This graduate level course may be taken by senior psychology majors with consent of the departmental chair obtained through a permission request form from the Psychology Department (see PSYC 440). Grade Mode: A.

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