Major Requirements

The psychology major at Bethany is designed to introduce the student to the science of mental processes and behavior at the individual and group level, thus providing the framework for understanding the greatest work of God’s creation – human beings. The psychology major is focused on an integrative view of human functioning and experience, based on the foundations of the Christian faith and rigorous scholarship within the fields of psychology. The goal is to equip students to understand human beings in all of their complexities so that they may apply that knowledge to glorify God and love our neighbors as ourselves. 

Objectives

Program objectives reflect the unique mission of Bethany’s Psychology program and are based on the American Psychological Association’s Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major. Upon graduation, every student majoring in psychology will be able to meet the following learning objectives:

  1. Knowledge Base: Students will be able to demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings in psychology.  Students will also be able to discuss how psychological principles, connected to the Christian faith, apply to behavioral and mental problems.
  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: Students will be able to critically evaluate information to interpret and draw conclusions about psychological phenomena. Students will also be able to demonstrate scientific reasoning and problem-solving, including effective research methods, to investigate psychological phenomena.
  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility and Respect for Diversity: Students will be able to demonstrate in professional and personal settings ethical and socially responsible behaviors, grounded in the Christian faith. Students will also be able to demonstrate awareness of how multicultural and global concerns impact their understanding of psychology. 
  4. Communication and Professional Development: Students will be able to demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills for different purposes within the psychology discipline.  Students will also be able to apply psychology-specific content and skills to personal, academic, and career development.

Opportunities

A master’s degree is required for most jobs in counseling, testing, or consulting. Doctoral degrees qualify recipients for more advanced positions. For this reason, nearly half of our students pursue graduate training. Students who choose to enter the workforce directly find work with the following employers:

  • Agencies for those with disabilities
  • Chemical dependency clinics
  • Community resource agencies
  • Criminal justice system
  • Early childhood settings
  • Eating disorder clinics
  • Federal, state, or local government
  • Health care industries
  • Research and assessment settings
  • Social service agencies

Entry into the Major

Psychology majors must complete a formal application and interview after completing one college semester. The following qualifications will be necessary for acceptance into the major: 

  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or above
  • A grade of “C” or above in General Psychology, and in Human Growth and Development
  • Successful completion of an interview by the department 

Core Requirements

A major in psychology requires a minimum of 37 credits in the Psychology Department: 28 core credit requirements and a minimum of 9 additional elective credits. The major also requires 16 credits outside the Psychology Department. Psychology majors must pass all major courses listed below with at least a 1.7 GPA (C-), while maintaining an overall 2.0 GPA (C) requirement in the major.

Required non-major courses

Objective 1: Knowledge Base (one of the following)

  • BIOL101 Principles of Biology
  • BIOL151 General Biology I

Objective 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking (one of the following)

  • PHIL201 Logic and Critical Thinking
  • SCIE320 History and Philosophy of Science
  • COMM230 Argument and Advocacy

Objective 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility and Respect for Diversity (one of the following)

  • PHIL204 Ethics
  • SCIE330 Ethics in Science

Objective 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility and Respect for Diversity (one of the following)

  • RELG330 Christian Social Thought
  • RELG340 Apologetics
  • RELG425 Eastern Religion/Spirituality in America

Objective 4: Communication and Professional Development

  • ENGL210 College Writing II

Recommended (especially if planning on graduate school):

  • MATH120 Introduction to Statistics.

Core Psychology Courses

Objective 1: Knowledge Base 

  • PSYC110 General Psychology
  • PSYC120 Human Growth and Development
  • PSYC215 Personality
  • PSYC335 Learning and Cognition or PSYC337 Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC340 Social Psychology or PSYC350 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC475 History and Systems of Psychology
  • Any three upper division psychology electives 

Objective 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

  • SOCL320 Research Methods in Social Sciences

Objective 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility and Respect for Diversity

  • PSYC230 Cross-cultural Psychology or PSYC270 Gender

Objective 4: Communication and Professional Development

  • PSYC290 Career Development in Psychology I
  • PSYC390 Career Development in Psychology II


Recommended
(especially if planning on graduate school):

  • PSYC497 Research in Psychology
  • PSYC499 Psychology Internship