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Overview

You are fascinated with psychological science and its practical application. You're interested in a Christian approach to psychological challenges. You would like to know more about the field of psychology and its wide range of subdisciplines.

If this describes you, then the online psychology degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's CAPS Behavioral Sciences Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career in the field of psychology.

 

Major Description 

As a psychology major at NGU, you will spend much of your time interviewing individuals and professionals, visiting working therapeutic groups, developing your portfolio, and participating in internships.

You will learn about the subfields of psychology and their impact on our day-to-day lives, developmental psychology's influence on topics ranging from parenting to education, biological psychology and how the brain works, business applications of social psychology, abnormal psychology therapy, and the diagnosis and treatment of disorders, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own professional career.

The program will introduce you to traditional courses such as Human Growth and Development, Research, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Counseling, Psychopharmacology, Psychology of Learning, and many others. It will provide courses that explore the foundations of the relationship between psychology and the Christian faith and explore the integration of faith and practice. It will prepare learners to pursue a minor in criminal justice, Christian ministries, business administration, or early childhood educational studies, giving you an additional base of knowledge to minister to others.

The psychology degree will prepare you to pursue entry-level positions in support services, businesses, and case management agencies whose primary focus is helping others in both secular and faith-based professions. Throughout your time of study, you will build a solid foundation to succeed in graduate school, since many of the helping professions, such as counseling, require graduate work in order to practice and work independently.

Ultimately, the online psychology degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of field-related careers.

 

Curriculum

The curriculum within the CAPS Behavioral Sciences Department at NGU builds a solid foundation for those who work in fields that center on helping others from a Christian perspective. In both programs, psychology and criminal justice, you will be prepared for your career by being exposed to the various theories of your respective fields presented from a Christian worldview. You will complete coursework that gives insight into the day-to-day practice of your profession and requirements for success.

With progression, the focus of coursework moves from theoretical toward application. You will then have an opportunity to build a portfolio showcasing individual experience to earn credit hours and pursue an internship placement, gaining experience in your chosen area of study.

FACULTY STRENGTHS

Faculty members in the Behavioral Sciences Department hold a minimum of a master's degree in their respective fields, and the majority possess a terminal doctorate-level degree. The faculty of the Behavioral Sciences Department consists of individuals who have worked extensively in the field, and each brings a wealth of experience to the online classroom. They are able to utilize experience and provide insight as to how the theoretical becomes practical.

In addition to an educational background and relevant career experience, the faculty members also bring a love of the Lord to the eCampus; they are committed Christians and leaders in their community. They are able to incorporate their beliefs into teaching and mentor the learners into becoming the difference-makers of tomorrow.
 

ELECTIVES

  • Addictive Disorders
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Current Problems in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Internship I
  • Internship II
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Small Group Dynamics
  • Test and Measures

Future

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Counselor
  • Day treatment therapist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Human resources
  • Law enforcement
  • Psych tech
  • Researcher
  • Sales
  • School counselor
  • Social services

Learning Experience



HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Career Setting

You will be assigned to interact with others in a clinical or career setting and observe theory applied, as well as assignments that promote interaction with individuals in the chosen field of practice.

Portfolio Creation

Psychology and criminal justice students are required to take Portfolio Development, in which you will create a document showcasing accomplishments. This portfolio will be reviewed by the instructor and dean to assess credit hours earned.

Internship Placement

Senior-level behavioral sciences students are eligible for internship placement, earning credit hours, at a site of their choice (pending instructor approval).
 

Courses

The courses listed below are required for this major. Courses do not need to be completed in the exact order shown. Once admitted, Academic Advising will assist in personalizing your degree plan. View the online Schedule for upcoming course offerings. 

General Education Courses

e-Learning (3 hours)
Academic Success (3 hours)
Biblical Foundations (3 hours)
Jesus in Matthew's Gospel (3 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
History course (3 hours)
Contemporary Mathematics or higher math course (3 hours)
Natural science course (3 hours)
Psychology or sociology course (3 hours)

Core Courses

Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)
Human Growth and Development (3 hours)
Foundations of Christian Psychology (3 hours)
Introduction to Counseling (3 hours)
Research Methods in Psychology (3 hours)
Theories of Personality (3 hours)
Social Psychology (3 hours)
Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
Biological Psychology (3 hours)
Senior Seminar (3 hours)
Psychology electives (24 hours)

Elective or Minor Courses
Elective or minor* courses (18 hours)

*Please refer to the bulletin for detailed information on all available minors.
 

(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)

(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)

(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Articulate and defend how you will become difference-makers in your chosen profession and realm of service and ministry.
  • Analyze the major schools of thought in psychology and criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and effective communication in a variety of formats.
  • Apply research methodology towards data synthesis, including research design, literature review, critical thinking, and empirical analysis.
  • Demonstrate professional ethical standards consistent with Christian values, professional development, networking strategies, and practical application.

 

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