B.A. in Psychology
The B.A. in Psychology acquaints students with many of the key concepts, theories, principles, trends, and applications of ideas in the field of psychology today. The program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in many people-helping careers in the mental health, social services, and related fields. Students who complete this degree with the required GPA will have met the basic academic requirements for Bethel's graduate degrees in counseling or marriage and family therapy.
Upon completion of the psychology program, students will:
- Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
- Interpret basic psychological research.
- Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
- Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes.
- Apply psychological content and skills to career goals.
- Engage in constructive dialogue, acquiring a greater understanding of how faith and psychology each informs the other and the tensions that exist between the two.
Major in Psychology
PSYC 100 • Introduction to Psychology 3 Credits.
Methods, theories, and principal findings of psychological investigation.
PSYC 305 • Lifespan Development 3 Credits.
Identification of the various stages of life from conception to death. Examination of the perspectives of various developmental theorists and their role in historical, contemporary, and controversial issues. Analysis of the biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial domains and their contribution to human development while maintaining a focus on individual differences.
Prerequisites: PSYC 100. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above. Cross-listed with HUSE 305.
PSYC 320 • Social Psychology 3 Credits.
Behavior and experience of individuals and groups in relation to other individuals and groups. Theory, method, and findings in areas such as conformity, persuasion, social cognition, attraction, altruism, aggression, prejudice, group behavior, and applied topics.
Prerequisites: PSYC 100. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.
PSYC 335 • Introduction to Statistics 3 Credits.
Basic descriptive, correlational, and inferential statistics will be covered. As time permits, more advanced topics of ANOVA, multiple regression, ANCOVA, meta-analysis, and factor analysis will be introduced. Learners will perform analyses using a computerized statistical package, and primary emphasis will be placed on understanding the concepts and interpreting results correctly.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 4. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.
PSYC 340 • Abnormal Psychology 3 Credits.
Classification, causes, symptoms, and treatment of various forms of psychopathology. Analysis of Christian and secular perspectives of psychopathology and a survey of some major issues in the field of mental health.
Prerequisites: PSYC 100 Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.
PSYC 360 • History of Psychology 3 Credits.
Historical roots of contemporary psychology. Focus is on the influence of historical trends, people, and events on the evolution of psychological questions, constructs, methods, and issues.
Prerequisites: PSYC 100. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.
PSYC 370 • Disabilities and Giftedness 3 Credits.
Focus on the development of individuals with disabilities and giftedness from a lifespan perspective. Cognitive, physical,emotional, and sociocultural variables relevant to developmental delay; giftedness; learning disabilities; physical, sensory,and communication disabilities; emotional disturbance; and multiple disabilities. Critical analysis of psychosocial educational interventions. Service learning with those with disabilities.
Prerequisites: PSYC 100, PSYC 340. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 2.
PSYC 380 • Motivation and Emotion 3 Credits.
How biological, environmental, cognitive, emotional, and personal systems interact to initiate and direct human behavior. How experimental psychologists study emotional and motivational systems.
Prerequisites: PSYC 100, PSYC 335. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.
PSYC 400 • Research Methods 3 Credits.
Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research designs. Designed as a project-based course, with particular attention to program evaluation and action research, learners will construct an applied research proposal.
Prerequisites: PSYC 100, PSYC 335. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Areas 2, 5.
PSYC 410H • Principles of Counseling and Psychotherapy 3 Credits.
Introduction and analysis of major therapy systems from Christian and secular perspectives, basic counseling techniques, and current ethical issues facing the counseling professions. Designed for students planning graduate study in human services.
Prerequisites: PSYC 340. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6, General Education Category H.
PSYC 430 • Advanced Psychopathology 3 Credits.
Explores issues pertaining to the nature and occurrence of psychological disorders, including classification, cultural context,developmental considerations, etiology, and treatment. Critical evaluation of contemporary theory and research, including conceptualizations, methodologies, and statistical approaches.
Prerequisites: PSYC 100, PSYC 410H. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.
PSYC 435 • Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective 3 Credits.
Contemporary, historical, and cross-cultural, predominantly non-Western perspective on a variety of family systems and the people living in them. Values and assumptions underlying these systems, roles, intergenerational relationships, identity formation, and developmental tasks. Multicultural aspects of chemical dependency.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5. Special Notes: Cross-listed with HUSE 435.
PSYC 450 • Introduction to Addictions Counseling 3 Credits.
Examination of addiction from a variety of perspectives and evaluation of the twelve core functions of an addictions counselor. Description of the process of change in the context of the continuum of care. Cultivation of a personal philosophy around spirituality and addiction.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5. Special Notes: Cross-listed with HUSE 450.
PSYC 480 • Psychology Internship and Seminar 3 Credits.
Explores issues pertaining to the nature and occurrence of psychological disorders, including classification, cultural context, developmental considerations, etiology, and treatment. Critical evaluation of contemporary theory and research, including conceptualizations, methodologies, and statistical approaches.
Prerequisites: PSYC 335, PSYC 340, PSYC 400/HUSE 400, PSYC 410H. Grade exceptions: Graded on an S/U basis.