Course Descriptions

Applied Psychology Courses

PSYC 301D Human Development

A study of the physical, emotional, cognitive, and psychosocial factors that affect the developmental process from conception through late adulthood.  Students will gain an understanding of various changes that occur as we move through different stages of life.

PSYC 302D Organizational Behavior

This course looks at how individuals and organizations function as complex systems. Students will acquire the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to understand and diagnose the various factors affecting organizational performance.

PSYC 303D Research Methods and Statistical Techniques

This course covers the fundamental methods used in social science research and the various approaches employed in conducting quantitative and qualitative research. Topics addressed in this course include research hypotheses, defining variables, survey construction, sampling, data collection, and statistical techniques.

PSYC 304D Health Psychology

An introduction to the biological, social, behavioral, and psychological factors that affect health and wellness.  Theories used to understand behavioral change will be discussed as well as the strategies useful in improving behaviors for wellness.

PSYC 305D Introduction to Psychopathology

This course introduces students to the study of mental disorders and the role genetic and environmental factors play in causing abnormal behavior.   Various disorders explored include anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, substance-related disorders, and cognitive disorders.

PSYC 306D Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Students will discover the influence of psychology in the theories and practices related to human behavior in the workplace. Topics include job analysis, employee selection, design and evaluation of training, employee motivation and satisfaction, and evaluation of performance.

PSYC 307D Cultural Psychology

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore how cultural influences impact our cognitive processes and behavior.  Students will acquire tools to evaluate psychological theories from a cultural perspective.  The relationship between culture and an individual’s identity, personality, gender, cognition, and emotion will be considered.

PSYC 308D Applied Social Psychology

A practical approach that considers how social psychologists use research and theory to understand various issues in the areas of health care, law, the environment, business, and the media.  Topics addressed include survey research, program evaluation, improving interpersonal communication, legal consultation, and consumer behavior.

PSYC 401D Personality Theories

This course will examine the research and major theories that are useful in explaining what personality theory is and how it is formed.  We will also look at the differences in personality and the tests used to measure and analyze personality.  Students will utilize various tests to write a personality self-assessment.

PSYC 402D Foundations of Counseling

An introduction to the theories and techniques used in the counseling profession, with an emphasis on how faith influences the practice of counseling.  Students will learn through reading, lecture, and discussion, as well as through experiential activities that will allow students to practice listening skills, asking questions, showing empathy, paraphrasing, giving feedback, and following ethical standards.

Bible/Theology Core 

BIB 111D Old Testament Pentateuch

Explores the five books of Moses with emphasis on Genesis, Exodus, the institutions of Israel and the history of the nation in its formative period. Special emphasis on understanding the geography of the Near East.

BIB 327D O.T. Prophetic Books

A study of the prophetic books (Isaiah-Malachi) including a chronology of the prophets with special attention given to the religious, social, and political message of the prophets. 

BIB 115D New Testament Gospels 

An inductive study of the four canonical gospels of the New Testament with cross-references to other Scriptures to explain the early life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

BIB 325D New Testament Acts and Pauline Letters

Explores the history of the beginnings of the Christian church as described in the book of Acts, and the letters written by the Apostle Paul with special emphasis given to the student’s use of correct hermeneutical principles and procedures. Personal application of Scripture will be stressed.

BIB 113D Bible Study Methods 

This course includes both basic hermeneutics and Bible study methods. It is a study of the formation of the Bible and a survey of the principles and practice (methods) of independent Bible study, including an emphasis on grammatical-historical interpretation of the Bible.

Th 200D Introduction to Theology

An introduction to the study of theology, including theological methodology and the main topics of systematic theology. Brief surveys of the theology of God, the Bible, Humanity, Christ, Salvation, the Holy Spirit, the Church and Last Things.