Professor Williford, Chair Professor White
The department of psychology seeks to introduce all students to the study of human behavior and mental processes within a Christian context. The major is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge in the major subfields of psychology and to prepare students for future study in the field of psychology. Emphasis is placed on developing the students’ abilities to understand and to apply psychology in their everyday lives. An important goal in all psychology courses is to help students in their ability to appropriately interrelate their study of psychology and the Christian faith.
B.S. in Psychology Major: This major requires students to gain the core knowledge of scientific psychology along with learning about the sub-fields in psychology that apply this knowledge. The B.S. in psychology degree is designed to prepare students to meet the typical requirements for acceptance into graduate study and/or for working with a bachelor’s degree. The B.S. in psychology degree requires 45 hours in psychology to include 203, 303, 305, 331, 341, 460, 21 hours of PSY electives and 1 hour from 470, 471 or 472, as well as 6 hours of foreign language or 6 hours from PSY 420, IST 300, CAS 302, BIB 210, BIB 360,
BIB 408, BIB 411, PSY 342 and SOC 220. Psychology students will have real-world experience through field observation and practicum, PSY 470, 471, and 472.
B.A. in Psychology major with a Creative Arts Therapy Concentration : For students coming to Belhaven with a passion and gifting in a particular art form, we have developed a unique track that will help students to utilize their artistic passion in the service of helping others. Students will take 12 hours in their chosen art form (creative writing, dance, music, theater ministry or visual arts) as well as courses in creative arts therapies. This concentration is designed for students who might wish to use the arts to help others in careers such as Child Life Specialist, Recreation or Activities Directors, cross cultural mission work or to prepare for graduate school in an area such as Dance/Movement Therapy, Art Therapy, Creative Writing Therapy or Music Therapy.
The B.A. in psychology degree requires 54 hours, to include 29 hours in psychology, 6 hours of diversity awareness, 7 hours of creative arts therapy courses to include practicum, and 12 hours in one of the creative arts. Required psychology courses include: PSY 203, 240, 241, 303, 305, 312, 331, 340, 341, 346, 347 & 460. PSY 342 is encouraged. In order to understand the diversity that exists in our complex world, 6 hours is required in in diversity awareness through the following options: 6 hours of the same foreign language or 6 hours from the following: CAS 302 (Global Child Advocacy Studies 3 hrs), PSY 342 (Psychology of
the Exceptional Child 3 hrs), BIB 210 (World Religions 3 hrs ), BIB 360 (Global
Social Responsibility 3 hrs), Bib 408 (Global Perspectives 3 hrs), BIB 411
(Transcultural Ministry 3 hrs), SOC 220 (Race, Gender and Diversity 3 hrs) IST 300 (Intercultural Communication 3 hrs.) or PSY 420 (Cross-Cultural Psychology 3 hrs). Each student will choose a creative arts therapy concentration area from the visual arts, music, creative writing, theater ministry or dance and will take 12 hours in their concentration emphasis. For the
Visual Arts Emphasis: ART 120, 125, ART 215 and PHI 275. For the
Emphasis: CWR 211, ENG 306 and 6 hours of CWR electives. For the
Dance Emphasis: DAN 120, 170, 185, 270, 375 and 3 hours from DAN B01-B04 or M01-M04. For the
Music Emphasis: For the student who is proficient at reading music MUS 121, 122, 123, 124, 4 hours from applied music lessons in guitar, piano or voice (1 credit hour per semester) For the
Theater Ministry Emphasis: THE 200, 300, 151, & 280.
B.S. in Global Psychology Major: For students coming to Belhaven with a desire and goal to use psychology for international service or in a cross-cultural context, we have developed a unique track that emphasizes the role of culture in understanding people and applying psychology's insights in diverse cultural contexts. Students will take 45 hours in psychology to include 203, 303, 305 ,312, 331, 341, 420, 460, 15 hours of PSY electives and 1 hour from 470, 471 or 472, as well as 6 hours of foreign language or 6 hours from, IST 300, CAS 302, BIB 210, BIB 360, BIB 408, BIB 411, PSY 342 and SOC 220. Psychology students will have real-world experience through field observation and practicum, PSY 470, 471, and 472. In addition, students will complete a minor in Intercultural Studies to include 15 hours of IST courses that must include: IST 202, 300, 305, 444 and 456, as well as BIB 408.
Psychology Minor: 18 hours to include PSY 203, and at least 6 hours from the 300-400 level and/or 240 OR 241.
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