Psychology

Faculty/Staff

Marcel Sargeant, Chair; Mark Aldridge, Director, Lauren Francois

Adjunct:  Jeremy Carter, Ruth DePaiva, Kenneth Jones

Aims of the Program

The goals of the department are to serve those who are interested in majoring in psychology and those who wish to pursue advanced degrees in the areas of psychology and counseling. This degree is designed as a basis for graduate work which provides a basic understanding of Christian psychological principles and to provide a background for a wide variety of careers that involve working with people.

Programs

  • Psychology, B.S.
  • Psychology, B.S. with emphasis in School Guidance
  • Minor in Psychology

Psychology, B.S.

PSYC 212 General Psychology 3
PSYC 220 Human Growth & Development 3
PSYC 222 Ethics for Mental Health Professionals 3
PSYC 244 Courtship, Marriage, and Family 3
PSYC 322 Adolescent Psychology 3
PSYC 331 Strength in Diversity 3
PSYC 340 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 360 Personality Theory & Development 3
PSYC 445 Deviant Behavior 3
PSYC 460 Applied Social Research Methods 3
PSYC 470 Counseling Theory & Techniques 3
PSYC Elective 3
Total: 36

Required Cognates:

MATH 241 Intro to Probability and Statistics 3

Minor in Psychology

PSYC 212 General Psychology 3
PSYC 220 Human Growth and Development 3
PSYC 340 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC Electives  6 hours upper division 9
Total: 18

Psychology, B.S., emphasis in School Guidance

Psychology Courses:

PSYC 212 General Psychology 3
PSYC 220 Human Growth & Development 3
PSYC 222 Ethics for Mental Health Professionals 3
PSYC 244 Courtship, Marriage, and Family 3
PSYC 322 Adolescent Psychology 3
PSYC 326 Exceptional Children 3
PSYC 340 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 360 Personality Theory & Development 3
PSYC 445 Deviant Behavior 3
PSYC 460 Applied Social Research Methods 3
PSYC 470 Counseling Theories & Techniques 3
Subtotal: 33

Education Courses:

EDUC 312 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 350 Educational Technology 3
EDUC 364 Kindergarten Materials & Methods 3
EDUC 382 Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School 3
EDUC 386 Mathematics in the Elementary School 3
EDUC 413 Science in the Elementary School 3
EDUC 416 Legal and Philosophical Foundations 3
EDUC 419 Social Studies in the Elementary School 3
EDUC 424 Language Arts Essential Skills in the Elementary School 3
EDUC 434 Classroom Assessment 3
EDUC 436 Classroom Management 3
EDUC 475 Directed Teaching 6
Subtotal: 39

Required Cognates:

POLS  211 National and Texas Constitution 3
MATH 241 Intro to Probability and Statistics 3
Total: 78

Bachelors of Science in Psychology, emphasis School Guidance

This composite major will prepare you to complete a number of classes in education that are required by the State of Texas to fulfill course requirement before taking the State Exam for Educators (TExES).  Please note that the State of Texas requires candidates who desire a certificate in school counseling must have two years of successful teaching and in possession of a valid teaching certificate issued by the State of Texas and a Masters degree in School Guidance/School Counseling. The intent of this composite is to prepare you to take the State Exams (EC-6) that consists of two tests (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility and Generalist EC-6), you will be certified to teach in the State of Texas, after passing these tests and successfully completing all the courses or additional requirement as required by any Alternative Certification Program (courses may vary by Alternative Certification Program).

  1. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  2. Before acceptance all students must submit to, pay for, and pass a criminal background check
  3. Candidate is responsible for initiating the application, that is available in the Education & Psychology Department. All applicants will be accompanied by:

    • statement of purpose - a one page typed essay describing reasons for desiring profession in the teaching field
    • two letters of recommendation from individuals other than relatives. Preferably, these recommendations will come from Southwestern Adventist University faculty members not in the Education and Psychology Department, or other work supervisor.
  4. All potential candidates will have an interview with the Education/Psychology Department before being fully accepted into the  Composite Program.  See Technical Standards in Pre-Service Teacher Candidate Handbook.

Degree Plan

After the student has been admitted to this program, they should develop a degree plan with their major advisor and the Department of Education and Psychology. The plan will show the declared major with certification area, the work completed and the remaining requirements for the degree. Copies of the degree plan will be filed with the Registrar's Office, Education and Psychology Department and the major advisor.

Retention in this Program

To be retained in this program, students must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative 2.50 grade point average in all course work.
  2. Give evidence of satisfactory professional growth.
  3. Show promising development in field experiences.
  4. Demonstrate behavior that is ethically and morally responsible.

Courses

PSYC 212 - General Psychology (3 hours)

A beginning course in the basic principles and concepts of psychology. Attention given to the concepts of Christian psychology. Recommended as a preliminary to other courses in the field. (Fall, Spring)

PSYC 220 - Human Growth and Development (3 hours)

A study of the basic principles of human growth and development. The environmental and psychological functions of human development are examined. Includes case studies. (Fall, Spring)

PSYC 222 - Ethics for Mental Health Professionals (3 hours)

An overview of ethical and legal issues related to human services professions.  Topics include responsibility, competency, duty to warn, confidentiality, professional relationships, and professional licensing standards and procedures.  As part of the course students will have a major term paper that will be used to introduce the research skills used in the field of psychology.  Students will learn to use primary and secondary sources as well as psychology journals, indexes, and databases as needed for psychology research papers.  Psychology majors will begin the process of senior portfolio development.  This course fulfills the requirement for UNIV 201: Research in an Academic Discipline as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan.  Must be taken in the sophomore year to comply with portfolio requirements.  (Spring)

PSYC 244 - Courtship, Marriage, and Family (3 hours)

Emphasis on dating, engagement, marriage, and successful family life-styles. Good communication and relationship skills are studied. (Fall)

PSYC 291 - Selected Topics (1-3 hours)

Prerequisite: Approval of department director.

A study in an area of student interest under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve research, laboratory or library work. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

PSYC 320 - Parenting Skills (3 hours)

A study of the care and guidance of the young child. Strategies for handling problems and behaviors are discussed. (Fall)

PSYC 322 - Adolescent Psychology (3 hours)

An overview of the physical, mental and emotional phases of human development during the adolescent years. A study of the environmental and educational problems of the teenager. (Also taught as EDUC 322.) (Spring)

PSYC 326 - Exceptional Children (3 hours)

Provides students with skills to include children of all abilities through appropriate arrangement of the environment. Study will include the characteristics, assessment, admission, review, and dismissal processes for special students requiring individualized or specialized programs. (Also taught as EDUC 326.) (Spring)

PSYC 331 - Strength in Diversity (3 hours)

A study of racial and ethnic groups in American society featuring an examination of their history, cultural heritage, contribution, struggles, and hopes for the future. Emphasis will be placed on a strengths-based analysis of diverse groups. (Spring)

PSYC 338 - Conflict Resolution (3 hours)

Recommended prerequisites: PSYC 212, SOCI 111

A study of practical applications of conflict and dispute resolution. The course focuses on developing practical problem solving and decision making skills while exploring issues of self-awareness, identity, culture, power, race, gender, violence, and forgiveness. Workplace disputes are explored and addressed from a perspective emphasizing preventive models. (Fall)

PSYC 340 - Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)

Prerequisite: PSYC 212

A study of maladaptive and disorganized behavior patterns within a personal and social context, including their development, symptoms, and treatment. Focus on the various etiologies of mental illness and treatment modalities.  Class must be taken in the junior year, and will serve as checkpoint #1 for the psychology department e-portfolio. (Spring)

PSYC 360 - Personality Theory & Development (3 hours)

A study of major theories and the development of personality. (Fall)

PSYC 410 - Group Therapy (3 hours)

A study of the group dynamics, the stages of group development, group interventions, and the selection of group participants. Students will gain the essential knowledge and skills for understanding, organizing, and working with groups. (Fall)

PSYC 445 - Deviant Behavior (3 hours)

An examination of what deviant behavior is (including specific examples of behavior which is so labeled) and social explanations for its existence. (Spring)

PSYC 450 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3 hours)

A study of adult development covering the full range of adult years from 18 to 100 or more. Consideration is also given to death and dying. Biological, social, and psychological forces that govern the process of development are the focus of the course and how adult differences affect the process and pattern of development. (Spring)

PSYC 460 - Applied Social Research Methods (3 hours)

Prerequisite: MATH 241

An introduction to applied research methods and their applications to the disciplines of  Physical Education, and Psychology. Emphasis is on understanding basic terminology, the use of fundamental research tools, and the integration of research and practice. Students will gain experience with single subject designs, program evaluation methods, SPSS-driven data analysis, and case studies in data collection. This course fulfills the requirement for an upper-division course with components as specified in  Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Also taught as KINT 460.) (Fall)

PSYC 470 - Counseling Theory & Techniques (3 hours)

Prerequisite: PSYC 340

A study of various theories and techniques used in the counseling process. Study will also include techniques for interviews, administration, questionnaires, and records used in guidance work by teachers, ministers, counselors, and psychologists. Study will include the ethics and principles involved in the counseling process as they relate to the counselor, as well as the situation. This course fulfills the requirement for a capstone/portfolio completion course with components as specified in  Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan and is the final portfolio checkpoint. (Spring) Senior year only.

PSYC 480 - Psychology Internship (1-6 hours)

Prerequisite: Senior status, cumulative GPA 2.8, and approval of department director.

This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity for training in practical work situations and areas of interest dealing in the area of psychology. There are 45 clock hours required for each credit hour. Admission is limited to students who have completed at least 24 hours in psychology. The Psychology Internship must be student driven, but will require departmental approval on a case by case basis. Pass/fail course.

PSYC 491 - Selected Topics (1-3 hours)

Prerequisite: Approval of the department director.

A study in an area of student interest under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve research, laboratory or library work. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.