Bachelor of Arts

This program seeks to equip the student with a foundational grasp of human behavior and mental processes. General biblical and professional disciplines are holistically blended to create an ongoing process of learning. Options open to graduates include the following:

  • Apprenticeships/entry level work (i.e., juvenile court/corrections, half-way house groups, social services, shelters for abused groups, treatment and counseling centers, etc.)
  • Graduate work seminary level
  • Graduate work university level

Additional education and supervised work may be required for certification, depending on state/institutional requirements. Students are encouraged prior to enrollment to check state licensing board requirements for specific states in which they anticipate employment.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Articulate the connection between the Bible and psychological science and describe how this unity equips the student for substance abuse counseling.
  • Utilize Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) criteria to diagnose and treat various types of substance abuse.
  • Apply substance abuse interventions, knowledge of drugs and their effects, and ethical codes to counseling.
  • Relate a Christian worldview to the study of substance abuse.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to use a variety of helping plans that benefit the recovery process.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 43 Credits

Elective Math Elective 3 credits

SI134 Human Biology 4 credits

This course includes a brief review of ecology, biological chemistry, cellular structure and function, structure and physiological function of body systems, reproduction and development, genetics and disease. A weekly laboratory activity is designed to enhance the understanding of course material. This course is designed to meet the General Education requirement for science. (Lab fee)

Prerequisite:
Recommended completion of high school biology.

PS207 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3 credits

This course is an introduction to statistics used in the behavioral sciences and in everyday life. Emphasis will be given to both conceptual and mathematical understanding of statistics. Descriptive and inferential statistics will be explored through simple statistical computations to more complex analysis. Students will be guided to be consumers of statistics by critically analyzing statistical findings.

Offered every fall semester.

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

Humanities

Students must complete 8 hours via 3 of the following courses/categories: Fine Arts Elective, History or Government Elective, Literature Elective, Philosophy/Ethics Elective

RELIGION - 18 Credits

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

TH409 Theology Capstone for Non-Religion Majors 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification as interpreted by theologians of the Wesleyan tradition is studied in light of its scriptural foundations. This course is planned for non-ministry majors.

Prerequisite:
TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs
Graduating Seniors Only

Offered annually.

MAJOR - 45 Credits

CD101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency 3 credits

This course explores basic information needed by chemical dependency counselors including history, models and theories of addiction. Psychological, biological, social, and spiritual effects upon the addicted person as well as family members will be examined.

Offered every fall.

CD211 Prevention Strategies in Substance Abuse and Dependence 1 credit

This course explores prevention models for substance use, abuse, and dependence. Specific needs of various groups will be taken into consideration.

Prerequisite:
CD101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency

Offered fall, in odd years.

CD212 Ethical Issues in Chemical Dependency Counseling 2 credits

This course examines principles of ethical codes for both professional counselors and addiction counselors that inform and shape the conduct of those who provide services.  The ethical decision-making process will be applied to case studies.

Prerequisite:
PS102 General Psychology
CD101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency

Offered spring, odd years.

CD213 Marriage & Family Dynamics in Counseling 3 credits

This course explores the impact of chemical dependency upon the family system. Attention will be given to intervention and recovery models for addicted persons and the total family as well as the developmental tasks and special needs of addicted adolescents.

Prerequisite:
CD101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency

Offered fall, odd years.

CD215 Case Management 1 credit

This course introduces the student to case management focusing on various elements of service coordination and ethical implications as well as documentation of the therapeutic process.

Prerequisite:
CD101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency
CD212 Ethical Issues in Chemical Dependency Counseling
Third Year Psychology Major

Offered fall; Odd years

CD314 Psychopharmacology 2 credits

This course focuses on the effects of prescription medications as well as drugs of abuse. Proper use of prescription drugs as part of the recovery process as well as those needed for mental and emotional disorders of dual-diagnosis clients will be examined.

Prerequisite:
CD101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency

Offered spring, odd years.

CD321 Theories and Techniques of Individual Counseling 3 credits

Various theories of counseling are examined along with the Twelve Core Functions of the Substance Abuse Counselor. Case studies will be utilized to develop treatment plans.

Prerequisite:
CD101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency
PS102 General Psychology

Offered fall, even years.

CD322 Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling 3 credits

Group counseling techniques and dynamics will be examined in addition to issues related to the counselor’s countertransference. Course requirements include opportunities for self-exploration and self-awareness.

Prerequisite:
CD101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency
PS102 General Psychology
CD321 Theories and Techniques of Individual Counseling

Offered spring, even years.

CD491 Chemical Dependency Counseling Practicum I 2 credits

The Practicum experience normally is taken during one’s senior year. This supervised field experience introduces the student to chemical dependency treatment. Each practicum experience requires 90 hours (180 hours total) under the direction of agency supervisors where there are opportunities to observe and participate in core functions of counseling.

Prerequisite:
CD101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency
CD212 Ethical Issues in Chemical Dependency Counseling
CD213 Marriage & Family Dynamics in Counseling
CD321 Theories and Techniques of Individual Counseling

Offered as arranged by professor.

CD492 Chemical Dependency Counseling Practicum II 2 credits

The Practicum experience normally is taken during one’s senior year. This supervised field experience introduces the student to chemical dependency treatment. Each practicum experience requires 90 hours (180 hours total) under the direction of agency supervisors where there are opportunities to observe and participate in core functions of counseling.

Prerequisite:
CD101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency
CD212 Ethical Issues in Chemical Dependency Counseling
CD213 Marriage & Family Dynamics in Counseling
CD321 Theories and Techniques of Individual Counseling

PS114 Personal Awareness 3 credits

This course will strive to confront the aspiring counseling student with a way to measure personality preferences and temperament styles (among other constructs). It is hoped the gift of self-awareness, proposed as a prerequisite for efficient counseling skills, will emerge in the process. Use will be made of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis plus several other instruments to attempt to document a student profile.  Additionally, this course will provide the student exposure and insights to the field of psychology and its various entities and career possibilities.

Offered spring, odd years.

PS214 Counseling and Spirituality 2 credits

This course examines spiritual dynamics that can impact the counseling process in either a positive or negative manner.  Common themes that counselors, chemical dependency, and pastors encounter including forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope will be viewed through a Christian worldview.  Recovery group models will also be examined.  This course meets the requirement for PS314. 

Prerequisite:
PS102 General Psychology
CD101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency
PC201 Pastoral Counseling

Offered spring, odd years.

PS245 Principles of Behavior 3 credits

A concentrated look at the behavioral approach to counseling and human development. This course provides practical knowledge and experience with a critique from the Christian viewpoint.

Prerequisite:
SO101 Introduction to Sociology
PS102 General Psychology

Offered every other Fall

PS304 Lifespan Psychology 3 credits

A holistic study of the individual in the total span of life from conception through death. The course focuses on the biological, psychological and social aspects of all stages of life. Integration of biblical perspective is applied to the various stages of development.

Prerequisite:
SO101 Introduction to Sociology
PS102 General Psychology

Offered every spring.

PS306 Psychology of Leadership 3 credits

This course examines the psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. The class will explore biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Students will understand the positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. The personal leadership and followership style of the individual student will be examined.

PS311 Personality Theories 3 credits

This course of study will attempt to thoroughly expose the student to the full scope of viewpoints about personality development. The goal in mind will be to see how best to analyze the dynamics of personality and how this can then be applied in the therapeutic process of counseling.

Prerequisite:
PS102 General Psychology

Offered fall, odd years.

PS413 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits

Students explore abnormal behavior from various theoretical perspectives. Included is the analysis of causation of behavioral abnormality and methods of therapy.

Prerequisite:
SO101 Introduction to Sociology
PS102 General Psychology
PS311 Personality Theories

Offered fall, odd years.

SO203 Marriage, Family, and Human Sexuality 3 credits

This course provides a survey of the basic family organization, from courtship through the adjustments of the family in the modern home. A Christian perspective will be emphasized, as the course deals with these relationships, as well as developing the full potential of our human sexuality.

Prerequisite:
SO101 Introduction to Sociology
PS102 General Psychology

Offered each fall.

GENERAL or PROFESSIONAL ELECTIVES - 14 Credits

Professional Development Series

Students are required to attend the following seminars: