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Courses for the Psychology Major

The psychology department supports the mission of the College to transform students’ hearts, minds, and lives as it engages them in the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students develop a broad based appreciation for the multiple perspectives currently active in the discipline, develop the intellectual ability to evaluate the potential of psychological constructs to inform real life decisions, and prepare to pursue graduate study if they so choose. We enable students to pursue their vocational calling through the behavioral sciences.


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 First Year 
ENG 1013-1023 6 SH
Christian Studies 6 SH
COM 1023 3 SH
HIS 1013 or 2013 3 SH
MAT 1213-2023 3 SH
PSY 1013 3 SH
PSY 2043 3 SH
ESS 1351 1 SH
Fine Arts 3 SH
Total 32 SH
 Second Year
Literature 3 SH
BIO 1034 4 SH
HEA 2003 3 SH
PSY 3033 3 SH
PSY 3043 3 SH
PSY Elective 3 SH
PSY 3083 3 SH
Science (BS) or Intermed. Language (BA) 6 SH
Electives 2-3 SH
Total 29-31 SH
 Third Year 
PSY 3013 3 SH
PSY 3053 3 SH
PSY Electives 3 SH
MAT 2023 3 SH
Minor or Electives 15 SH
Total 33 SH
 Fourth Year
PSY 4013 3 SH
PSY 4033 3 SH
PSY 4043 3 SH
PSY 4603 3 SH
PSY Electives 6 SH
Minor or Electives 13 SH
Total 31 SH

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Course Descriptions

PSY 1013 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to psychology as a scientific and applied discipline including the findings, concepts, theories, methods, and applications of psychology. This course is a prerequisite to all following psychology courses.

PSY 2023 Health Psychology (Same as HEA 2023)

This course will examine cognitive, behavioral, and biological approaches to health psychology. (On Demand)

PSY 2033 Positive Psychology

This course will provide an introduction to positive psychology. Happiness, or subjective well-being, will be studied along with the strengths and virtues that allow individuals and communities to thrive. A strong experimental component in this class will facilitate students’ understanding of concepts related to well-bring such as gratitude, forgiveness and service to others. Students will be challenged to consider the Christian perspective on happiness and ways their personal faith impacts their subjective well-being. (Odd Fall)

PSY 2043 Child and Adolescent Development

This course includes the study of growth and development from birth through adolescence. Methods of studying child development are examined and theoretical approaches used in the field are explained. There is attention to genetic and prenatal development with most of the course focusing on physical, cognitive, and social and personality development during infancy, early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence. (Spring)

PSY 2053 Marriage and Family (Same as SOC 3013)

This course is a broad based study of the family that specifically focuses on contemporary shifts in the modern American family structure. Significant attention is paid to social historical context, cultural diversity, and economic conditions that bear on family life. The emotional and behavioral aspects of marriage and family life such as love, communication, and conflict are considered, and problems including intimate violence, child abuse, poverty, separation, and divorce are explored. The decision to have children is discussed as is the experience of parenthood including roles and relationships of parent and children. (Spring)

PSY 2063 Adulthood and Aging (Same as SOC 3113)

This is a comprehensive course investigating the social dimensions of aging and its links to historical, demographic and cross-cultural patterns. Current theories of aging are studied, as well as crucial issues impinging on the daily lives of older adults. (Odd Fall)

PSY 3013 Social Research Methods - Traditional Program (same as CRJ/ SOC 3013)

This course serves as an introduction to the concepts and methods associated with the practice of modern social inquiry. Concepts addressed include but are not limited to sampling, construct operationalization, research design, data collection, methods of analysis, and the dissemination of results. Also discussed are such enduring issues as reliability, validity, and research ethics. Prerequisite: PSY/SOC 1013 and Co-requisite or Prerequisite: MAT 2023. (Fall)

PSY 3033 Theories of Personality

This course is an introduction to the organization and structure of personality. Personality is defined and methods of assessing and studying it are considered. Major theories of personality are investigated. The major theories are used to explore issues including love, hate, gender, culture, religion, stress, adjustment, and health. Students are challenged to apply theories to the personality of a specific historical figure. (Odd Spring)

PSY 3043 Abnormal Psychology (Same as CRJ 3043)

This course is an introduction to the study of psychopathology. The difficulty of determining whether specific behaviors should be considered abnormal is examined. A history of views about abnormal behavior is discussed as is current thinking on the subject. Models used for explaining abnormal behavior are described and issues related to diagnosis and assessment of psychological disorders are given attention. The primary emphasis of the course is the study of categories of mental disorders and their symptoms as well as possible causes and recommended treatments for specific disorders. Prerequisites: JR Standing. (Fall)

PSY 3053 Biological Psychology

This course is a study of how biological processes, especially activity in the brain and nervous system, relate to behavior. (Odd Fall)

PSY 3073 Psychology of Religion

This course will apply the predominant constructs and methods of inquiry associated with the science of psychology to the domain broadly considered as religion. Students will investigate the varied ways in which an individual’s faith system influences their behavior and mental processes. Positions on religion by major theorist in the discipline will be considered and evaluated. Prerequisite: PSY 1013 (Even Fall)

PSY 3083 Social Psychology (Same as SOC 3083)

This course is a study of behavior in social contexts, including interpersonal attraction, group dynamics, leadership, conformity, and a host of additional social psychology constructs and theories. It is the intent of this course to introduce you to those variables and relationships that describe and even predict human behavior as influenced by the presence of others. (Spring)

PSY 3093 Social Research Methods for the inSPIRE Program Only (same as CRJ/HSE/SOC 3093)

It is the intent of this course to introduce you to the tools and techniques of inquiry in the social sciences. During the term you will be exposed to the vocabulary, the generally accepted yet varied methods, and the potential sources of error associated with the investigation of social phenomena. We will discuss the constructs of sampling, measurement, research design, and data analysis as well as the very important process of forming a meaningful and rigorous research question. Such constructs as reliability, validity, error, etc. will be defined and made useful in the minds and actions of thoughtful scientists and citizens.

PSY 3133 Minority Issues in Psychology for the inSPIRE Program Only

This course provides students the opportunity to investigate characteristics of minority issues. It is a broad introduction to the field of race relations in America. Course work includes theoretical perspectives in intergroup relations and social psychological elements present in minority-majority interactions. The social history of selected minority group experiences in the United States will be studied, along with current issues in American race relations.

PSY 3143 Psychology of Criminal Behavior (same as CRJ/HSE 3143)

This course will provide the student with psychological and psychosocial explanations of crime. Students will explore specific psychological aspects that contribute to criminal and deviant behavior such as personality disorders, impulse control disorders, developmental disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CRJ 2013 or CRJ 2203.

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PSY 3153 Psychology of Leadership

This course addresses the major theories of leadership from the perspective of the discipline, psychology. Emphasis will be placed on developing an appreciation as well as a working knowledge of contemporary leadership theories and in the broadening of this knowledge through the juxtaposition of psychological principles such as social influence, personality, and group dynamics. (Odd Spring)

PSY 3413 Human Sexuality (Same as HEA 3413)

This course is a study of the biological, social, and personal aspects of human sexual identity and behavior. (Fall)

PSY 3501, 3502, 3503 Directed Study in Psychology

This is a specialized course of study for qualified students. Prerequisites: JR standing, and instructor’s approval.

PSY 3523 Stress Management (same as HEA 3523)

This course examines the physiological, psychological, and interpersonal effects of stress. A variety of healthful coping mechanisms are identified with emphasis placed on students’ developing effective personal coping strategies. (Fall)

PSY 4013 Tests and Measurements

This course provides the student of behavioral sciences with a basic foundation in the components of psychological assessment. The course addresses basic psychological assessment concepts and develops an awareness of the variety of assessment instruments that are available. Students become familiar with the components of the assessment of personality and cognitive ability and discuss the professional and ethical standards and social issues in assessment. Prerequisites: PSY/SOC 3013. (Even Fall)

PSY 4033 Learning and Cognition

This course will provide a broad yet detailed study of the learning process, learning theory in its historical perspective, and will develop skills in the application of learning theory to current issues. This study is augmented by integrating learning theory with multiple constructs found in cognitive psychology including judgment, memory, perception, attention, categorization, and problem solving. JR standing. (Even Fall)

PSY 4043 History and Systems

This course is a study of the historical development and contemporary status of psychology. Prerequisites: JR standing. (Even Spring)

PSY 4053 Counseling and Psychotherapy

This course is an overview of the major theories of counseling as well as practical techniques and information for the counselor-in-training. Personal attributes of counselors are considered as are important theoretical issues. As each theoretical approach is discussed, its strengths and limitations are identified in general and as they relate to multicultural situations. Students in this class are expected to become knowledgeable about the various theoretical approaches and begin to apply them to a hypothetical client. Prerequisites: PSY 3043 and JR standing. (Odd Spring)

PSY 4063 Group Dynamics

This class is a study of the history, processes, and dynamics involved in groups. It will review the theories of group intervention, the stages of group development, the necessary group leadership skills, and the process of leading groups for special populations. Ethical issues in group counseling will be emphasized and the application of group counseling approaches in school and multicultural contexts will be considered. (Even Fall)

PSY 4071, 4072, 4073 Psychology Vocations Internship

See criteria for internships on p. 145. Prerequisites: SR standing and instructor’s approval.

PSY 4083 Multicultural Counseling

This course will examine the role of culture in our lives and in the counseling relationship. Students will come to understand how their culture affects them and their attitude toward others. Individuals and families from other ethnic and social groups will be better understood based on students’ study of their cultures. (Even Fall)

PSY 4093 Advanced Research Methods

This course applies the methods and constructs learned in PSY/CRJ/SOC 3013 as the student designs, constructs, and presents a significant social research project. Students will present their findings at the end of the semester to the college community and may submit their work for consideration by appropriate professional associations. Prerequisite: PSY 3013; Co-requisite: MAT 3403. (Spring)

PSY 4201, 4202, 4203 Academic Internship

Students selected for this internship will assist course instructors through tutoring, showing videos, conducting study sessions, researching course materials, proctoring tests, grading objective sections of survey exams, and teaching at least one class in a survey course during the semester. The selected students participating in this internship will acquire some practical experience in higher education.

PSY 4501, 4502, 4503 Special Topics in Psychology

A subject of special interest may be selected; may be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisites: PSY 3013, JR standing, and instructor’s approval.

PSY 4603 Senior Seminar

This is the capstone course for Psychology majors taken during the senior year. Students review their personal development, investigate the interface between religion and science, and articulate their personal understanding of the integration of their faith and the discipline of psychology. (Spring)

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