Our Psychology Department exposes you to a wide variety of specialties within our field like counseling, developmental psychology and industrial/organizational psychology. You can major or minor in psychology, and you can also minor in sociology.
A graduate degree in counseling psychology also is available with professional licensures in mental health counseling, marriage and family counseling, and addictions counseling, and a certification in Pre K-12 school counseling.
Our programs help you integrate secular and biblical aspects of psychology and encourage and challenge you to pursue professional and graduate level education in this field.
In addition to the Christian perspective, some unique features of our program are a strong focus on counseling, committed and well-prepared faculty, the ability to work in the community through Clinical Practicum and the opportunity to work with professors on research.
How can I find information about careers in psychology?
Several handouts are available from the Psychology Department. You also can visit the website of the American Psychological Association (http://www.apa.org/) Go to the sections on psychology to read about the wide variety of specialities and careers in this field.
What is the difference between Clinical and Research Practicum?
Students are required to take one Practicum in psychology, Clinical or Research. In the Clinical Practicum, students work in the community at non-profit agencies, churches and other organizations. Some current internship sites are Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and "All 'Bout Children." In the Research Practicum, students work on research projects with faculty members in the department. Students planning to go to graduate school may consider taking both Practicum (Clinical and Research,) one as a required course and one as an elective.
How do I get assigned an advisor in psychology?
Students will receive an advisor when they declare their major. If you do not receive one, please contact Admissions to have an advisor assigned to you.
What psychology organizations are available on campus?
The Psychology Club meets once a month. Topics include careers in psychology, graduate school in psychology, how to choose an internship site and how to be more involved as a psychology student.
What is Psi Chi? How will I know if I qualify?
Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology. If you are a sophomore, junior or senior with at least 9 hours in psychology and have a 3.0 GPA in psychology courses, you can become a member of Psi Chi.
With the assistance of the Registrar, Dr. McDonald will screen for qualified students once a semester. Invitation letters will be sent to students who qualify. Additional information can be obtained at http://www.psichi.org.
Two Psychology scholarships are awarded yearly: