Psychology – Counseling

Bachelor of Science126 Credits

The program in Psychology is designed to prepare the student at a pre-professional level for entry into graduate or professional studies. It will equip the student in foundational knowledge in psychology, human behavior, human growth and development, biblical education, and personal skills necessary to develop as a competent professional.

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Course Code
Course Name
12 cr
2 cr
9 cr
Fine Arts Course
3 cr
213, 223, 233, or 243 History Course
3 cr
History, Literature Culture, Society Courses
6 cr
Literature Course
3 cr
Math Course
3 cr
1 cr
70 credits
  1. Students will be able to clearly articulate in speech and writing psychological principles and concepts related to the field of behavioral sciences.
  2. Students will be able to locate information related to behavior and mental processes in the context of church ministry.
  3. Students will be able to perform the duties of a pastor that are essential in the development and administration of the local church.
  4. Students will be able to assimilate their Christian faith and psychological principles in the areas of mental health.
  5. Students will be able to collaborate together in an appropriate and ethical manner, exhibiting leadership abilities and teamwork.

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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BIB 103Introduction to Biblical Interpretation3 credits

A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and translation. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools.
Only required for non-ministry majors.

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research.
A passing grade of C- or higher is required. Students will receive a final grade of A, B, C, or F.

HIS 213 Ancient and Medieval World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilizations with special emphasis on the rise of the West from antiquity to the Renaissance, including the birth of civilization in the ancient Near East, the rise and fall of Greek and Roman empires, the rise of Christendom, the Middle Ages, and Byzantium.

HIS 223 Modern and Contemporary World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilizations with special emphasis on the rise of the modernity in the West from the Enlightenment to the present, including the scientific revolution, European expansion and colonization, the rise of nation states, the American and French Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, socialism, communism, nationalism, and liberalism, and the two world wars of the twentieth century.

HIS 233U.S. History – Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS 243U.S. History – Reconstruction to the Present 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, etc.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281 Health and Nutrition 1 credits

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credits

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233An Introduction to the History and Theology of the AG 3 credits

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.

Major Requirements

MTH 203Introduction to Statistics 3 credits

Statistics has become known as the mathematical tool or approach for analyzing data in order to draw reliable conclusions. This course will consider the most useful statistical methods; identify the statistical methods most widely used in education, psychology, and the social sciences; and study the mathematical formulas that are used in statistical applications.
Prerequisite: MTH 123 or MTH 213

PSY 263Psychometrics3 credits

A variety of test instruments is surveyed as potential assessment tools in variety of settings; vocational, intellectual, personality, and learning styles. A significant part of the course involves training in test construction and using measures of reliability and validity as a basis for test selection.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 283 Lifespan Human Development3 credits

A survey of human development from conception to death. Focus is on the biological, intellectual, and psycho-social development of the individual person.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 303 Biological Psychology 3 credits

A study of interrelationship between the psychological and physiological bases of human behavior including analysis of emotions, motivation and perception.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 313Theories of Personality3 credits

A study of theories relating to the development and structure of personality. Biographies are included enabling students to contextualize the social and family dynamics of major theorists.
Prerequisite: PSY 223 and PSY 283.

PSY 323 History and Systems in Psychology 3 credits

A study of the evolving thought in psychology from its inception as an experimental science to development of significant systems and experiments. Provides an overview of historical and contemporary systems and theories.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 343Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling3 credits

Sensitive issues in counseling, from both the pastoral and professional perspective, will be examined for the purpose of preventing legal and ethical misconduct. Special attention will be given to the development of ethical thinking when involved with cross-cultural clients, issues of competency, and dual relationships.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 353Community Psychology 3 credits

An introduction to the basic concepts in community mental health, from theories, to research, to actual settings in which students may work or volunteer. Strategies for changing the lives of others in the community for the better will be a focus of this course.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 363Abnormal Psychology 3 credits

Behavioral deviations from the norm are assessed and classified according to DSM-5 criteria. Special attention is given to the developmental and genetic factors that contribute to abnormal behavior. Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment strategies are examined in light of current research.
Prerequisite: PSY 223 and PSY 283.

PSY 383Educational Psychology3 credits

A study of learning processes with practical applications for classroom teaching. Topics include human development, the impact of culture and community on learning, learning theory, motivation, testing, and assessment. This course includes a practicum involving observations and interviews with persons working in educational settings.

PSY 403Experimental Psychology3 credits

Advanced study in human behavior. This course requires formulation of a research problem and hypothesis, research design, field research, and writing of a major research report.
Prerequisites: PSY 223 and PSY 263.

PSY 414Marriage and Family Therapy3 credits

Students will receive specialized training in marriage and family counseling from a systems perspective. Hypothetical cases will be conceptualized, assessed and diagnosed from this orientation. Interventions unique to this approach will be examined.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 463Theories and Techniques of Counseling3 credits

A review of major counseling orientations with specialized techniques suitable for use in various counseling settings. Diagnostic instruments for effective assessment will be introduced as part of the curriculum.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 471 Internship Seminar1 credit

This course is to prepare the student for his or her internship. Emphasis will be placed upon self understanding, conflict resolution, and the practical concerns faced by interns. Time will also be given to formalize the specifics for each internship.
This course is a prerequisite for PSY 481.

PSY 473Crisis Counseling3 credits

An introduction to the basic theories and techniques of crisis counseling as it relates to pastoral ministry. Specific attention is given to crisis intervention in areas such as teen pregnancy; suicide; substance, emotional and physical abuse; bereavement and grief; eating disorders; divorce; and family relations. Includes legal and ethical considerations and referrals.
Prerequisites: PSY 223 and 283.

PSY 481Internship1 credit

This phase of the student’s education is to provide a supervised experience in direct ministry. All intern-ships must be approved and processed through the Internship office. Internships can range from 4 to 15 weeks. An internship must be for at least 1 credit hour but can be expanded for up to 3 credit hours. A comprehensive journal is required that addresses the student’s activities during the internship and issues of development in their area of ministry. Written evaluations are required by the intern and the on-site supervisor. Internships are tailored in conjunction with the student’s focus of development and future ministry plans.
Prerequisite: PSY 471.

PSY 483Grief, Death, and Dying3 credits

A detailed examination of the nature and stages of death, customs, and rituals surrounding the death experience are presented, emphasizing the role of the minister in the processes of death and bereavement.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 490Human Sexuality 3 credits

A study of the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of human sexuality. Focus on biblical principles, formation of gender roles, sexual identity, sexual deviancy, human sexuality through the life cycle, and contemporary sexual issues.

SCI 123General Biology3 credits

An introduction to biology. Topics covered included basic chemistry, cell structure and function, genetics, and biotechnology. An overview of the major groups of organisms is included with an emphasis on the species that affect human health. Early Childhood Education majors must take corresponding laboratory.

PST 313Principles of Leadership3 credits

A study of the basic principles of leadership philosophy, goals and strategies. Includes an overview of leadership styles, time management, conflict resolution, communication, legal issues, development of mission statements, and professional etiquette and ethics.

PSY 333 Pastoral Counseling3 credits

An introduction to the pastoral perspective in counseling. A study of the biblical basis for counseling will be conducted. Emphasis will be given to a survey of techniques for premarital, marriage, family, career guidance, grief, and pre-referral counseling.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

SWK 313Public Social Service3 credits

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook states that the majority of Social Workers are employed by the state in public social services. This course is designed to expose and educate students about the functions and services available through public social services. The course is also designed to prepare students to take the state social service exam. The course will also provide students with a link to field placements and possible employment with a state social service agency.
Prerequisite: SWK 123.

SWK 323Studies in Racial and Ethnic Diversity 3 credits

This course approaches the study of diverse populations in the U.S. from social, literary, historical, religious and political perspectives. Stories (both fiction and nonfiction), articles, essays and commentaries are utilized to enable students to learn about the importance of understanding diversity, the experiences of diverse populations in our society, and the means by which the barriers that prevent cross-cultural understanding may be challenged and ultimately removed. The leadership roles of Christian organizations are reviewed. This course serves as an Ethnic Studies option.
Prerequisite: SWK 123.