Psychology is a discipline that emphasizes an understanding of human behavior in its various contexts. As Christians study the social sciences, they are compelled to seek to understand the expression of God's creative and sustaining power in social interactions and the human psyche.
Students who enter this discipline are introduced to the complex factors that influence human behavior and experience. The purpose of the study of psychology is to provide students an opportunity (1) to develop a better understanding of themselves and others, (2) to develop a broad base of knowledge about the field of psychology, and (3) to critically analyze psychological theories and principles from a Christian perspective.
The psychology curriculum is designed to provide a core of knowledge about experimental, clinical, and counseling psychology. The program provides the flexibility that allows students to learn about psychology in multiple settings: classroom, laboratory, field experience, independent research, community service and through formal and informal contacts with faculty members. The flexibility of the program allows the student to emphasize the acquisition of useful life skills while preparing for graduate programs or vocational opportunities.
Graduates with a degree in psychology may find employment in the following areas:
- Mental health facilities
- Substance abuse treatment centers
- Law enforcement
- Probation and parole
- Personnel and human resource departments
- Management and sales positions
- Child care and family services
- School districts
- Social service agencies
Graduates with a degree in psychology may pursue graduate work in the following areas:
- Clinical psychology
- Counseling psychology
- Experimental psychology
- Educational psychology
- Personnel and resource management
- Human Development
- Special Education
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