The mission of PBA’s undergraduate psychology program is to educate students in the content and methods of various sub-specialty areas of scientific psychology and to critically evaluate them from a Christian perspective. The Christian focus of the department enables students to investigate the full range of secular psychology. Students will find that the instructors in the department emphasize Biblical values, especially as these relate to ethical issues within the field. The department’s goal is to present the secular and Biblical aspects of psychology in an integrative manner. In addition to the Christian perspective, some unique features of our program are a strong focus on counseling, committed and well-prepared faculty, and the ability to work in the community to gain experience in psychology when enrolled in the field experience course. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in the ongoing research of faculty members and in exploring research interests of their own. Our students are encouraged and challenged to pursue professional and graduate level education.
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: