B.S. in Psychology
The B.S. in Psychology is a program of study within the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and students can pursue an optional emphasis in Sport Psychology. The vision of the program is to equip graduates for continuing studies in various fields, and as practitioners and researchers dedicated to seeking, articulating, and disseminating truth. Courses include Theories of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Research Methods, and Introduction to Neuroscience. All students in the program conduct original research, mentored by experienced researchers in the field. Students graduate from the program prepared as research consumers and practitioners with a distinctively biblical worldview. The Psychology program has adopted the 5 major learning objectives recommended by the American Psychological Association (August, 2013). The 6th objective supports the mission of Arizona Christian University to train students with a Christian worldview.
Psychology Program Objectives
- Knowledge Base in Psychology: Students will describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology, develop knowledge of content domains, and describe applications of psychology.
- Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: Students will use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena, demonstrate psychology information literacy, interpret design, and conduct basic psychological research.
- Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World: Students will apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice; apply psychology-based principles to ethical living, and community welfare, privileging scientific inquiry over popular and political agendas.
- Communication: Students will demonstrate effective writing and presentation skills for different purposes and demonstrate an understanding of influences of cultural differences on communication.
- Professional Development: Students will apply psychological content and skills to career goals, exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation, and refine project-management skills.
- Biblical Integration: Students will evaluate psychological theories and processes in light of a biblical worldview.
APA Board of Educational Affairs Task Force on Psychology Major Competencies. (2012). APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major (Version 2.0). American Psychological Association: Washington, DC.
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