Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog]

School of Behavioral Sciences

Administration

Ronald Hawkins, B.A., M.Div., Ed.S., D.Min., Ed.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice Provost
Founding Dean, School of Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology

Marlene Carrilho, B.S., M.A., Ed.S.
Associate Dean, School of Behavioral Sciences
Instructor of Psychology

Kevin Conner, B.S., M.A., M.Div.
Chair, School of Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ester Warren, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S.
Chair, School of Behavioral Sciences
Instructor of Psychology

Haley Pinder, B.S., M.Ed.
Chair, School of Behavioral Sciences
Instructor of Psychology

Jeffrey Boatner, B.A., M.A.
Chair, School of Behavioral Sciences
Instructor of Psychology

Faculty

The faculty roster, which can be sorted by department and faculty type, is available at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=22.

PURPOSE
The School of Behavioral Sciences exists to promote an integrated understanding of science, practice, and faith. Programs prepare future graduates dedicated to impacting the fields of Psychology, Counseling, and Social Work within the context of a commitment to scientific competence and the demonstration of best practices supported by a Christian Worldview.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the School of Behavioral Sciences can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index cfm?PID=2981.

Department of Psychology

Psychology Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The Department of Psychology exists to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the development of a Biblically-integrated, evidenced-based psychological understanding of humankind focused on practical application and research.

PSI CHI HONOR SOCIETY
Advisors: Dr. Marilyn Gadomski and Dr. Dennis Jennings

Psi Chi is the International Honor Society for Psychology. Membership in Psi Chi is an earned honor which is for life. A permanent record of your membership is preserved at the Psi Chi National Office and may be used for reference purposes such as applications for graduate school and jobs.

Psi Chi inductees are eligible to order and wear the Psi Chi honor cord at graduation. Copies of Psi Chi’s magazine, Eye on Psi Chi, are available in the main PSYC office in DeMoss Hall. Psi Chi members are eligible to present research papers/posters at Psi Chi programs held at national and regional conventions. In addition, members may participate in Psi Chi’s undergraduate and graduate research award competitions, and undergraduate members may submit their research for publication in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research. The names of new members and activities of chapters are published in Eye on Psi Chi.

The Liberty Psi Chi chapter inducts new members once in the fall and once in the spring.  Applications for the fall induction should be submitted between September 1 and October 15, and applications for the spring induction should be submitted between January 15 and February 28. To apply for membership, please fill out an application and return it and a check for $55 to the Psychology office in DM 4008, or mail it to the address listed in the application.  Do not submit applications by email.  To be eligible to join the Liberty chapter of Psi Chi, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Registration for major or minor standing in Psychology.
  2. Completion of at least 45 hours of college courses (this can include transfer courses).
  3. Completion of at least 9 semester hours of Psychology courses with a PSYC prefix, excluding PSYC 101 and 210.
  4. GPA of at least 3.50 in Liberty Psychology courses with a PSYC prefix, excluding PSYC 101 and 210.
  5. Overall GPA of at least 3.35.
  6. Check for $55 that covers the lifetime Psi Chi national membership fee and Liberty’s one-time dues (there are no additional annual dues).
  7. Application must be submitted at least 2 months prior to student's graduation date.

You may email the current Psi Chi officers at psichi@liberty.edu for additional information.

DANIELS PROGRAM
The Daniels Program was designed for students who have the desire and ability to pursue graduate training in psychology.  Students in this Program work on applied research projects under the supervision of faculty members, and have the opportunity to present findings at conferences and submit articles for publication.  Students can apply for this Program after completing PSYC 255 – Introduction to Research, and are selected on the basis of their grades, Christian character, and faculty recommendations.  This Program provides students the opportunity to develop the research skills and experience that will improve their ability to gain acceptance and funding in competitive graduate programs.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in the major concepts in psychology.
  2. Interpret research data accurately.
  3. Use critical thinking to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Evaluate psychological concepts/theories as they relate to biblical thought.
  5. Communicate effectively in written, oral, and technological formats.
  6. Recognize and respect the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity.

Counseling, Clinical, or Research Concentration

  • The student will be able to create advanced research designs.

Counseling and Human Development Concentration

  • The student will be able to evaluate developmental issues across the lifespan.

Career Opportunities

Counseling, Clinical, or Research Concentration
This concentration is designed for students pursuing a career that requires a doctoral degree in counseling, psychology, educational psychology, or related field. While this concentration does prepare students for graduate study in clinical psychology and counseling, it is also excellent preparation for other areas such as industrial/organizational, applied or quantitative psychology.  This concentration is also the best choice for those students planning to apply to a competitive and selective master’s program in any area of psychology. 

Counseling and Human Development Concentration
This concentration is designed for students seeking a career as a licensed counselor or psychologist that requires a master’s degree in a licensure track graduate program (e.g., Liberty’s M.A. in Professional Counseling). Graduates have pursued careers as professional counselors (including private practice), school counselors, and school psychologists.  This concentration is also a good choice for students seeking employment in child development clinics, child or adult treatment centers, adult residential centers, or in any entry level position that requires only a bachelor’s degree.


Programs of Study

Psychology Major (B.S.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (24 hrs)
PSYC 255 Introduction to Research 3
PSYC 312 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 341 Psychology of Personality 3
PSYC 354 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
PSYC 355 Statistics in Psychology 3
PSYC 430 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC ___ Elective 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
PSYC 498 Senior Project
PSYC 499 Internship
Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
BIOL 102 Principles of Human Biology 3
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Free Electives (9-13 hrs)
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Psychology Major (B.S.) Counseling, Clinical, or Research Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (24 hrs)
Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
PSYC 351 Multicultural Counseling and Research Issues 3
PSYC 365 Psychological Foundations of Learning 3
PSYC 371 Theories in Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
PSYC 380 Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 401 History and Systems of Psychology 3
PSYC 421 Psychological Measurement 3
PSYC 440 Experimental Design in Research: Application and Construction 3
PSYC ___ Elective 3
Directed Courses (Required) (1-10 hrs)*
BIOL 102 Principles of Human Biology 3*
BIOL 104 Principles of Human Biology Laboratory 1
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3*
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3*
Free Electives (8-12 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 39 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Psychology Major (B.S.) Counseling and Human Development Concentration
Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
PSYC 320 Behavior Management 3
PSYC 365 Psychological Foundations of Learning 3
PSYC 371 Theories in Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
PSYC 421 Psychological Measurement 3
PSYC ___ Elective 3
Choose three of the following courses: 9
PSYC 221 Psychology of Childhood
PSYC 231 Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 235 Psychology of Adulthood
PSYC 336 Gerontology
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 36 hours must be 300-400 level.

Human Services Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The B.S. in Human Services focuses on meeting the career goals of students who plan to enter the Human Services professions upon graduation.  The courses offered within this degree provide the academic foundation necessary for students to be competitive and effective as they serve their communities. 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in an array of human service theories.
  2. Evaluate service delivery models and programs effectiveness.
  3. Discuss ethical standards for human service workers.
  4. Evaluate concepts within the field of human services as they relate to biblical thought.
  5. Analyze the needs of diverse clients with an appreciation of multicultural perspectives.

Career Opportunities

This degree offering is for students who desire to enter the helping professions directly after completing their degree.  The student can obtain entry-level (non-licensed) positions within the field of case management, human services, and community outreach programs.   If a student desires to go to graduate school, it is highly recommended that PSYC 355 – Statistics in Psychology is taken as an elective course within this degree offering.

Programs of Study

Human Services Major (B.S.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (58-65 hrs)
Courses in the Major (51-54)
HSER 201 Survey of Human Services 3
HSER 301 Human Services Practices 3
SOWK 200 Introduction to Social Work and Human Services 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 255 Introduction to Research 3
PSYC 305 Overview of Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse 3
PSYC 317 Crisis Intervention 3
PSYC 320 Behavior Management 3
PSYC 345 Exceptional Child 3
PSYC 354 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
PSYC 405 Group Dynamics 3
PSYC 420 Psychology and the Bible 3
CJUS 310 Juvenile Justice 3
SOCI 349 Sociology of Disability 3
HSER 499 Internship 6-9
Choose one of the following courses: 3
PSYC 351 Multicultural Counseling and Research Issues
SOCI 340 Human Societies: A Global View
Directed Courses (Required) (12 hrs)*
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
SOCI 200 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCI 201 Social Problems 3
BIOL 102 Principles of Human Biology 3
Free Electives (3 or more hours)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 36 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements

Psychology Minor

Psychology Minor (15 hrs)
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC ___ Electives (at least 6 hours 300-400 level) 9

Sociology Minor

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOME
The student will be able to evaluate social dynamics within families and societies.

Sociology Minor (15 hrs)
SOCI 200 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCI 201 Social Problems 3
Choose three of the following courses: (No more than two courses with a PSYC prefix) 9
SOCI 313 Social Organizations
SOCI 340 Human Societies: A Global View
SOCI 349 Sociology of Disability
SOCI 497 Special Topics in Sociology
SOWK 200 Introduction to Social Work and Human Services
PSYC 305 Overview of Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse
PSYC 312 Social Psychology
PSYC 317 Crisis Intervention
PSYC 336 Gerontology
PSYC 361 Marriage and Family
PSYC 497 Special Topics in Psychology
PSYC 499 Internship


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