To earn a degree, students must complete the curriculum and meet other requirements for a degree listed in the academic policy section of this catalog.
Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies
The family studies degree explores relationships between family members across the lifespan. The focus is on helping students recognize the impact of community, school, and church on relationships within the family. Biological, cognitive, social, emotional, environmental, cultural and spiritual aspects of family development are studied in the context of understanding the impact change, crisis, and culture have over time.
Family studies majors are involved in service learning activities throughout their college experience and the culminating service learning experience is a community practicum which provides learning in a variety of settings. Students intern in group homes, foster care centers, child care centers, schools, child care centers, child placing agencies, adoption agencies, youth development programs, nonprofit agencies, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, juvenile justice facilities and probation offices.
When students complete their family studies degree, they find employment in a wide variety of social service agencies, educational settings, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies. Students who want to pursue graduate degrees are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research with faculty members.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
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 analyze critically 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. The flexibility of the program allows students to emphasize the acquisition of useful life skills while preparing for graduate programs or vocational opportunities. Emphases in Art Therapy and Sport and Exercise Psychology are also available.
Students have the opportunity to be involved in service learning throughout their courses with the culminating service learning experience being a community practicum where the students apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in their courses. Students wanting to pursue graduate degrees are encouraged to engage in research projects during the studies to help them prepare for applying to graduate programs. Students from the program have pursued graduate degrees in experimental psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, and clinical mental health counseling.
General Psychology Emphasis (39 hours)
Art Therapy Emphasis (39 hours)
Sport and Exercise Psychology Emphasis (36 hours)
General Psychology Emphasis (18 hours)
Art Therapy Emphasis (18 hours)
Sport and Exercise Psychology Emphasis (24 hours)
Minor in Theology & Psychology
Minor in Theology & Psychology is listed for Department of Biblical Studies and Psychology and Counseling