Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Does your heart ache when others struggle with mental illness? Do you have a passion to help children who have been mistreated? Or perhaps you wonder about the the effects of violent media on behavior or how research advances the kingdom of God. Evangel’s Psychology program can help you answer these questions and live out your passion to help others. The Psychology major provides opportunities to develop foundational skills in psychology, both clinical and research, that prepare students for entry-level mental health jobs or graduate school.
Evangel's Psychology program is designed to prepare students to gain access to graduate psychology programs, whether they are in counseling/clinical psychology, social psychology, experimental psychology or developmental psychology. It is also designed to prepare students for a variety of careers where an understanding of human behavior is important. The underlying philosophy is that most professional psychology careers require graduate degrees. Therefore the Evangel Psychology program goal is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to gain acceptance into graduate school. To this end, the Psychology program requires students to take a core 23 hours of psychology classes that are valued by graduate schools as well as 12 hours of electives.
The Psychology program's secondary goal is to provide students wanting entry-level jobs in the human services or those who desire having a second major with the necessary knowledge and skills to be competitive in this endeavor. Twenty core psychology courses and 15 clinical electives are required for this group. Students are also afforded clinical and research practicums. These include research presentations at local and national conferences as well as clinical practicums in group homes and mental health facilities locally and internationally – like Kenya.
The program's third goal is to integrate Christian faith and knowledge with a student's professional identity.
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
|Introduction to Psychology||Introduction to basic procedures in the study of behavior and to elementary principles of conditioning, motivation, emotion, personality, sensation, perception, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, and social dynamics.|
|Social Psychology||Introduction to social psychology (a study of social influences upon individual and group attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors--how people influence one another and are influenced by others). Includes attitude formation, persuasion, propaganda, crowd and mob behavior, fads and fashions, and interpersonal attraction. Examines methods and examples of research, along with theories and the relation of theoretical principles and concepts to existing situations.|
|Group Dynamics||Introduction to the psychological dynamics of groups according to various theoretical approaches. Emphasis on both the knowledge content and personal awareness derived from group participation. Applications of group skills in both secular and Christian settings.|
|Abnormal Psychology||The basis for labeling people as "abnormal." Investigation of the theoretical approaches to psychopathology, the assessment of mental disorders, and a sampling of the current classification system of disorders with respect to symptomatology and treatment.|
|Psychology of Personality||Introduction to the major approaches, methods, and findings in the field of personality. Overview of basic theories, strategies, issues, and conclusions in the psychology of personality.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
Originally from London, England, Dr. Geoffrey Sutton has been teaching psychology courses full-time at Evangel since 2002. Dr. Sutton, an Evangel graduate with a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, has published more than 70 articles and books. He is vice chairman of the International Board of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and [...]read more
Evangel's academic programs are designed specifically to prepare you for a career in the real world. But it's more than just job preparation; it's preparing you to make a full impact in your profession through the unique combination of faith and learning. Here are some of the professions this degree would prepare you for:
- Counseling Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Industrial / Organizational Psychology
- Military Psychology
- Rehabilitation Psychology
- School Counseling
- School Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Sport Psychology
No special requirements for this program.
General Undergraduate Requirements
The following are general requirements for all students beginning an undergraduate program at Evangel. For more information visit Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.
|Faith||As a boldly Christian university, all of our students have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.|
|Diploma||Graduation from high school, or having the equivalent of a high school diploma such as the General Education Development (GED) examination.|
|Core Subjects||A minimum of a 2.0 GPA in core college prep classes (English, math, social sciences and science with a lab)|
|Grade Average||A "C" average. However, in some cases, a student with a weak academic record may be considered. To remain at Evangel, however, the student must meet scholastic requirements.|
|Standardized Tests||>Entering freshmen should take the ACT or SAT test. The codes for Evangel are as follows: SAT: 6198. ACT: 2296.|
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