16 weeks (semester)
Traditional On-Campus, Lancaster
This Psychology major will deliver a biblically centered education that will equip you to develop competency in the field, integrate your faith into your profession, nurture Christian virtue and develop a biblical worldview to serve Christ in the Church and society.
An undergraduate degree in psychology enables students to develop the analytical skills and human behavior basics to thrive in any career working with people. Throughout the program, students will grow into knowledgeable professionals with communication, research and interpersonal skills many employers seek. Skills such as analyzing and responding to emotional, psychological and interpersonal concerns with empathy and understanding will serve the students in a variety of employment settings. Students considering graduate school will have enhanced foundational preparation necessary for acceptance. Whether seeking entry-level employment in the mental health field or pursuing graduate school after earning an undergraduate degree, the training embedded within the program will empower students to make an impact for the kingdom, regardless of the setting in which they find themselves.
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This psychology program at LBC | Capital equips students with a broad knowledge in the field of psychology and faith-based skills. Students will be prepared for employment across a broad range of professional settings and for application to graduate school. Students, empowered with holistic knowledge that gives them tools to interact in the world from a biblical worldview, will graduate equipped for lives of character, intellect and Christian faith.
This program also aligns with LBC’s mission statement, in that it will educate students to engage with life from a biblical worldview perspective; seeking to mentor an outlook that sees life’s work as a calling with eternal impact. Supporting the understanding that any workplace in any nation should be seen as our mission field, psychology specifically enhances our understanding of biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of daily living. This in turn helps students with relational living in contexts of family, church and society (personal and professional spheres).
The psychology bachelor’s degree prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:
Through our psychology program, students will graduate prepared to go on and earn their master’s degree, which prepares students to pursue becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. Students may also have the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree or PhD within a program offered at other colleges. The undergraduate courses will give students a foundational understanding in applying their knowledge beyond an undergraduate degree. If students decide to only pursue their four-year undergraduate degree in psychology, there are many career opportunities to consider such as a Career/Employment Counselor, Caseworker, Community Worker, Social Services Aide and many other options.
LBC 100 1 Credit
Bible & Theology 42 Credits
Arts & Sciences 43 Credits
Major 29 Credits
Major Electives 6 Credits
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This course will equip students to perform in-depth self-evaluation for both personal and professional development for the psychology field. Students will develop knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and facilitating group process. This course is conceptual and experiential in nature, introducing the student to various group models, dynamics, processes, leadership styles and facilitation skills. Students will demonstrate these skills through participation in an actual group. (3 credits)
This course will equip students with a comprehensive survey of the history of psychology from the early philosophers to present day. Various schools of psychology covered include voluntarism, structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis, and current developments in the field. Students will be encouraged to examine each of these through the lens of a biblical worldview and postulate implications for current and future work in the field. (3 credits)
This course will equip students with the opportunity to work through their own life difficulties and personal development issues and provide client experience of therapy. Each student will be paired with a therapist. Therapist and student will meet for 10 one-hour appointments throughout the semester. Goals and objectives will be developed by the student facilitated through the counselor and followed through during the course of therapy. Professional and ethical confidentiality will be maintained throughout. (1 credit)
This course will equip students to investigate the historical theories of personality. Abnormal personality development and personality development relative to Christian faith development will be studied. Personality assessment will be researched and applied. (3 credits)
This course will equip students to engage in a comprehensive study of psychopathology to aid the student in understanding problems of definition and classification related to mental disorders. Students will begin to develop skills in making diagnoses, a working knowledge of diagnostic categories in the current DSM Manual, and an understanding of the varying philosophies relative to diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior. The student will gain an understanding of the interaction of Christian belief systems with respect to viewing behavior that is normal and abnormal. (3 credits)
A basic introduction to different cultural groups and how to work with them will comprise much of the course, along with an exploration of issues of ethnicity, diversity, and cultural biases. This course will equip students to raise their awareness and sensitivity to issues involved in cross-cultural counseling. (3 credits)
This course will equip students to understand elementary concepts in research, social science literature, and the IRB process. Coursework will focus on the mechanical aspects of designing and writing research projects. Students with particular interest in statistics and publishing papers may obtain direct training in these areas through ancillary courses offered within the broader program. Participants will explore ethical standards, means for deriving viable study/research material, stages in developing a research paper, along with issues of reliability and validity. Although the primary emphasis will be on quantitative research, students will have the opportunity to review qualitative approaches and mixed methods as well. (3 credits)
This course will equip students to apply learned methodologies to real world psychotherapeutic environments, including group facilitation. Each student selects a practicum site and participates in delivery of services in accordance with organizational requirements. Some students encounter one-on-one opportunities, while others work in groups, direct care or observation of clients. (3 credits)
This course will equip students to study social cognition. Current research from multicultural psychology will undergird examination of specific social psychology concepts such as influence, accuracy of one’s impressions, attitudes, conformity, persuasion, group influence, prejudice, aggression, attraction, conflict and resolution. (3 credits)
This course will equip students to demonstrate mastery of the mechanics and rules of the IRB process and the APA writing style, while demonstrating the integration and understanding of research methods and statistics. Students will submit an empirical report written in the APA writing style. (3 credits)
Students will orally present their written body of scholarly work that has been developed in Capstone Thesis I. With special emphasis on the oral presentation of findings, this work showcases: introductory learning of research and statistics, development of a research question and literature review, and original research conducted. Successful completion of this course entails an oral presentation and defense of the thesis to a panel of faculty.
This course will equip students to utilize specialized knowledge in the psychological development and training in psychotherapeutic treatment of children and adolescents. Students will learn to assess behavior and incorporate developmentally and culturally appropriate strategies and techniques to meet the needs of children and adolescents both within the school and clinical setting. Students will examine and apply various research-based theoretical, behavioral and play therapy techniques for psychotherapy with children and adolescents. (3 credits)
This course will equip students to explore the basic principles of behavior. Students will learn about application, implementation, measurement and evaluation of behavior management techniques in various settings including hospitals, institutions and organizations and schools. History of behavior modification and main theoretical underpinnings will be covered. (3 credits)
This course will equip students to explore traditional and current approaches to learning in humans and animals. Behavioral, social-learning, and cognitive approaches will be specifically explored. Discussion will include the development of skills such as reasoning, problem solving, memory, language and perception. (3 credits)
This course will equip students to explore the physiological and developmental mechanisms of psychology (e.g., behavior and experience). Topics covered will include neuroanatomical development and neuropsychological functioning (e.g., sensory systems, movement, waking and sleeping, internal regulation, reproductive behaviors, emotional behaviors, biology of learning and memory and cognition). Discussion will center on psychological manifestations of physiology. (3 credits)
Within LBC | Capital’s unique 4+1 program, students have the opportunity to earn their BS degree in psychology and a MA or MEd degree in their counseling program of choice. Students are invited to apply after the completion of freshman year including PSY 122, SOC 101, SOC 228 and PSY 143. The application includes a purpose statement, a writing sample, two faculty references and an interview with the selection committee will occur for acceptance. With a master’s degree, students are able to have a broader range of opportunities within the field of counseling, as they are able to counsel clients one on one and earn their LPC.