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Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at OCU leads to a broad foundation of knowledge in the discipline of psychology. Through the integration of a Biblical worldview, students intellectually approach the study of psychology with a deep awareness of the challenges they will encounter in graduate school, the workplace, or ministry. At the completion of this program of study, students will possess a foundational understanding of human behavior and mental processes as well as basic psychology terminology and concepts used in; statistical and research methods, physiological psychology, and history and systems.

Program Objectives

Students who complete the Psychology major should be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision making.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  3. Identify effective interpersonal relationship skills.
  4. Summarize major counseling, developmental, and personality counseling theories.
  5. Apply psychological theories to life situations.

120 Semester Credits

  • 36 General Education
  • 39 General Electives
  • 45 Program Requirements


Core Psychology Course List

ENG3000 Writing in the Disciplines 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on digital research and writing skills that support academic and professional success. Students will also be introduced to online tools for practical, academic, and professional development.

MIN3000 Christian Excellence 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on the attitude of the individual and how it impacts the ability and willingness to strive towards Christian excellence.  Students will also be introduced to reflecting on personal value systems, analyze techniques to exemplify Christian modeling, and exploring the transition from success to excellence.

THE4000 Introduction to Theology 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will be a systematic study of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, sin, salvation and other related topics. These themes will be examined through various passages of scripture within the context of scripture.

PHL3000 Transformed Worldview 3 credits 5 weeks

The course will explore ways in which the student can develop a positive relationship with God as he/she explores the role of general revelation (the creation), special revelation (the Scriptures), and experiences God at work in the modern world.

PSY3010 Life Span Psychology 3 credits 5 weeks

The approach of this course is a holistic study of the individual in the total span of life from birth through senior adulthood. This course is designed to provide a foundation for understanding human development. It describes the process of human growth and development, studies the needs in the major life stages and integrates the biblical perspective of human development.

PSY3020 Theories of Personality 4 credits 7 weeks

This course is designed to both explain the major personality theories and stimulate critical thinking about them. The major features of each theory and a focus on the underlying assumptions will be presented. Throughout the course comparison will be made between the theories and principles of Scripture.

any introductory psychology course

PSY3030 Social Psychology 2 credits 3 weeks

This course is an intensive look at social group influences on individual behavior. Behavioral expressions such as aggression, prejudice, attitude change, and affiliation are studied from the viewpoint of social science and Scripture.

any introductory psychology course

PSY3050 Integrative Seminar I 1 credit 2 weeks

Integrative Seminar I prepares students for advanced research and writing in their field of study. Students will choose a specific topic they will explore during the initial steps of the writing process that will culminate in a capstone project in Integrative Seminar II. Attention will be given to the use of APA style during the drafting and revising steps of the seminar.

any introductory psychology course

PSY3060 Statistics for Social Sciences 3 credits 6 weeks

This course provides an introduction to basic psychological research techniques and methodology. Methods of collecting, organizing, and analyzing psychological data for quantitative research will be explored.  The course will also introduce statistical reasoning with a focus on fundamental concepts and statistical methods used in psychological research. (Recommendation: prior college level math course)

PSY3600 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will explore abnormal behavior as defined by the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Students will analyze ideology and behavioral abnormality, and methods of therapy. Special emphasis will be placed upon cultural and demographic variables impacting mental illness.

PSY4010 Learning, Memory and Cognition 3 credits 5 weeks

This course gives an overview of fundamental concepts regarding how we learn, think and store memory.  Students will explore cognitive processes of comprehension and memory along with an examination of learning styles and methods.  The student will be taught how to examine this subject through a Christian and biblical worldview.

PSY4030 Spiritual Dimensions of Illness and Recovery 3 credits 5 weeks

This course explores the dynamics of spirituality and religion that can impact the counseling process. The material on ethical challenges and specific elements of spirituality is presented from a Christian perspective.

PSY4050 Integrative Seminar II 2 credits 3 weeks

Integrative Seminar II continues the research and writing process required to complete the capstone project they started in Integrative Seminar I. Seminar II occurs approximately one year after Seminar I and is intended to prepare students for graduate-level work in their field of study.


PSY4100 Theories and Techniques of Individual Counseling 4 credits 6 weeks

This course is an introductory course for methods, techniques, and ethical considerations common to the counseling setting with individuals. Specific interventions will be covered along with emphasis upon various theories of counseling.

any introductory psychology course

SAC3000 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is designed to introduce the student to the interrelated concepts of professionalism, ethics, and legal issues that present themselves in the context of counseling, with particular emphasis on the area of substance abuse counseling. Students will examine and analyze professional issues in counseling from both a legal and an ethical perspective.

SAC3600 Diagnostic Evaluation and Personal Assessment 3 credits 5 weeks

This course gives an overview of the counselor functions of screening, intake, orientation, assessment and diagnosis. The processes of interviewing and assessment and related ethical, legal and professional issues will be explored. The course will also examine and practice the use of tests, assessment instruments and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in the process of Diagnostic Evaluation and Personal Assessment of a client.

SAC4200 Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling 3 credits 5 weeks

This course gives an overview of several main group theories, explains and demonstrates techniques associated with those theories and reviews the main theorists associated with each. Students develop skills associated with facilitating group counseling.  Additionally, these areas of study will be addressed within a biblical worldview.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of 50 semester credits from an institution of higher learning accredited regionally or by ABHE.
  • Official transcript directly from all institutions previously attended.
  • GPA of 2.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) on all prior work.
  • Application form and payment of Application Fee.

Any applicant not meeting the above-stated requirements may petition for consideration.