Psychology – Equine Therapy

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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  1. Students will clearly articulate in speech and writing psychological principles and concepts related to the field of behavioral sciences. This matches APA goal: Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  2. Students will locate information, critically evaluate, and apply the information related to human behavior and cognition. This goal corresponds with APA goal: Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computer and other technology for many purposes.
  3. Students will collaborate and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues within clinical settings. This matches APA goal: Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  4. Students will assimilate their Christian faith and knowledge of psychological principles into clinical practice. This matches APA goal: Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  5. Students will utilize generalist knowledge, skills, and ethics to execute professional psychological practice with all systems, individuals, families, and groups. This matches APA goal: 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.
Course Code
Course Name
12 cr
2 cr
3 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
Activity Course
1 cr
64 credits

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

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Core Requirements

BIB 103 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 3 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.

MTH 123Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits

This course applies mathematics to life skill areas for personal and professional use with an emphasis in problem-solving.
Prerequisite: Minimum Score of 420 on Mathematics SAT OR successful completion of MTH 107 with a grade of C- or higher.

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. May be 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 credit

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 credit

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 233 An Introduction to the History & Theology of the A/G 3 credit

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the A/G in the context of Christian theology and history.

Major Requirements

MTH 203 Introduction 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.

PSY 263 Psychometrics 3 credit

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 Development 3 credit

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 credit

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

PSY 313 Theories of Personality 3 credit

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.
Prerequisites: PSY 223 and PSY 283.

PSY 323 History and Systems in Psychology 3 credit

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 325 Introduction to Equine Studies 3 credit

Provides an overview in basic equine care. Basic health care issues will be addressed as well as anatomy and physiology. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and interpreting horse behavior. Class format will include classroom lecture and discussion as well as a field experience component. Students are required to perform basic horse care such as grooming and tacking up, and to become comfortable around the horse.
$165 Lab fee.

PSY 343 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 3 credit

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 353 Community Psychology 3 credit

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.
Prerequisites: PSY 223.

PSY 363 Abnormal Psychology 3 credit

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.
Prerequisites: PSY 223 and PSY 283.

PSY 375 Riding Skills & Techniques 3 credit

An introductory riding class geared toward students with little experience. Students with experience will be allowed to advance according to their levels of mastery. Basic riding skills are covered. Students will learn to control the horse at the walk, the rising trot, and the two-point position. Ground skills must be mastered before being allowed to ride. The focus will be on basic schooling figures and transitions. The two-point positions is taught and cavalletti and single cross rails may be introduced.
$165 Lab fee.

PSY 383 Educational Psychology 3 credit

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 403 Experimental Psychology 3 credit

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, PSY 263.

PSY 414 Marriage and Family Therapy 3 credit

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 463 Theories and Techniques of Counseling 3 credit

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 473 Crisis Counseling 3 credit

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 482 Practicum-Equine Therapy 2 credit

Provides a supervised experience in direct ministry. A comprehensive journal is required that addresses the student’s activities during the practicum and issues of development in the student’s area of ministry. A book reflection as well as a practicum summary will be included in the student’s written work. The on-site supervisor must complete a mid-term and final evaluation form. Internship site must be an approved equine therapy provider. Students will observe and take part in equine therapy sessions, putting into practice previously learned theory. Reading material will reflect Equine Studies and Counseling principles.

PSY 483 Grief, Death, and Dying 3 credit

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 485 Therapeutic Horsemanship 3 credit

Focuses on learning the basic counseling facilitation skills necessary in order to assist a client in processing the experience. The class will be divided into three parts: classroom instruction will provide the basis for understanding the theoretical model of equine interactive counseling; experiential learning will provide the basis for understanding the facilitation process (students will assume the role of ‘client’ while riding and will have instructors facilitate as they process their experience); and field observation, where students will observe and report on trained facilitators at a therapeutic riding center.
$165 Lab fee.

PSY 490 Human Sexuality 3 credit

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.