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December 21, 2014

Jonathan Pullen, a Psychology major at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida's Top Christian College, takes a break from his studies.
 
Psychology

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. 

 
Minor: Psychology
 
 
Quick Facts

What is psychology?
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.  It is more than just the study of mental health disorders.  Psychological principles are at work all around you ? in your relationships, your habits and behaviors, persuasive commercials and advertising, and even in your dreams.

Will I need a minor with this major?
Yes, students must declare a minor field of study with the psychology major.  Students can use the minor as an opportunity to explore diverse interests and to customize their educational experience. 

What can I do with a degree in psychology?
Studying psychology can help prepare you for a career in a variety of areas.  You may decide to pursue graduate study to become a clinical psychologist, researcher, therapist, or pastoral counselor, for example. Graduate school, however, is not the only direction you can take after graduation. You may decide to use your psychological skills in career areas such as human resources, market research, public relations, sales, or advertising.  Psychological study can also help prepare you for service in ministry with diverse ages and populations.  Finally, let us not forget that your skills will also be helpful in your career as a parent!

How can I become a therapist or counselor?
There are a variety of "therapist" and "counselor" jobs so knowing the kind of therapy and the possible population you would like to work with will help you to decide the preparatory path you should take.  Licensed mental health therapists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and school counselors are generally educated at the masters level.  To be a licensed clinical psychologist, plan to earn a doctorate degree.  Your education and training should prepare you for the specialty and population (children, adults, older adults, disabled, etc.) you want to work with.  After earning your graduate degree, you will complete an internship and apply for licensure in the state in which you will be practicing.  Licensure differs from state to state and by profession, but generally consists of completion of training hours and an exam.

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
A major difference between psychologists and psychiatrists is that a psychiatrist has a medical degree (went to medical school).  Practically speaking, this means psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication while psychologists (except in rare cases) do not.

What does a psychology minor require?
A psychology minor requires PSY 2133 General Psychology, PSY 3123 Personality Theories, and four psychology electives, three of which must be upper level courses. 

 

Clubs and Organizations

The Psychology Club provides an opportunity for a sense of community among students studying psychology. Meeting monthly, the club tackles topics such as getting in to graduate school, career options, mental health advocacy, and other issues of interest in the field of psychology.

Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology founded to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship and to advance the science of psychology. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with at least nine hours in psychology, a 3.0 GPA in psychology courses, and an overall GPA that is in the top 35% of their class are invited each semester to become members of Psi Chi. Visit www.psichi.org for more information.

 

 

Two Psychology scholarships are awarded yearly:

  • Outstanding Psychology Student Award
  • Jennifer Criss Award, awarded to an outstanding psychology student who plans to work in ministry
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