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Bachelor of Arts

Concentration specific objective:

  • Students will be prepared for graduate degree programs in counseling with a foundation in therapeutic interventions relevant to diverse issues and populations.

PRE-COUNSELING CONCENTRATION - 20 Credits

In addition to the specific courses listed below, two (2) hours of Professional Electives are required.

PS201 Principles of Counseling 3 credits

This course is offered to confront the student with concerns for which counseling skills are needed. Emphasis will be placed on counseling methods, diagnosis of the concern, and how to apply a solution to that concern. Practice Counseling will be conducted in class through the process of role playing.

Prerequisite:
SO101
PS102

Offered every fall.

PS225 Diversity Issues in Psychology 3 credits

This course introduces the application of diversity perspectives to psychological research and practice. It emphasizes why all psychological sub-disciplines need to understand diversity issues.  Approaches for serving underserved groups will be examined with current theory and research applied.

PS301 Cognition and Perception 3 credits

This course will provide an overview of Cognitive Psychology and will explore our perception of the world around us. Cognitive theory and research will be examined and applied to our everyday experiences and mental processes. Topics include perception, attention, memory/forgetting, and language and information processing.

Prerequisite:
PS102

PS346 Introduction to Group Dynamics 3 credits

A study of small group construction, application, and research. The course utilizes group observation and analysis, and introduces skills in conducting small groups.

Prerequisite:
PS102
PS323

Offered spring, even years.

PS404 Issues in Counseling 3 credits

An examination of the common problems addressed by the Christian counselor. The course includes an examination of marriage counseling; death and dying; physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; and chemical dependency. This course should build on and seek to apply methods of counseling.

Prerequisite:
SO101
PS102
PS201

Offered spring, every year.

PS421 Physiological Psychology 3 credits

This course will provide the physiological foundation for behavior and mental processes. The biochemical, anatomical, and neurological basis for psychological functions such as emotion, learning, cognition and pathology will be examined.

Prerequisite:
PS102