Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016 [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 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
Assistant Professor 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

All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=24 where faculty can be searched for by Department.

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 (DCP)
Degree Completion Plans for degree programs offered by the School of Behavioral Sciences can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.

Department of Psychology

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

Individuals with a Bachelor's degree in Human Services may pursue the following entry level careers in the helping profession and mental health fields:

Case worker Domestic relations worker
Child care worker Group home case manager
Community case worker Residential youth counselor
Counselor assistant Welfare office related work
Day care center supervisor  

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 (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Courses in the Major (51-54 hrs)
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 Modification 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) (3-12 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 (0-8 or more hours)
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.)

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

PSI CHI HONOR SOCIETY
Advisors: Dr. Marilyn Gadomski

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 $65 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 36 hours of college courses (this can include transfer courses).
  3. Completion of at least 9 hours of Liberty Psychology courses with a PSYC prefix, excluding PSYC 101, PSYC 150, and PSYC 210.
  4. GPA of at least 3.5 in Liberty Psychology courses with a PSYC prefix, excluding PSYC 101, PSYC 150, and PSYC 210.
  5. Overall GPA of at least 3.35.
  6. Check for $65 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.

PSYCHOLOGY COGNATES
Residential and Online Cognates are designed to provide students with a better understanding of a particular field of study.

Residential Cognates:  Counseling, Sports Psychology, Criminal Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Substance Abuse Counseling.

Online Cognates:  Christian Counseling, Crisis Counseling, Addictions and Recovery, Life Coaching, Military Resilience, Criminal Psychology, and Developmental Psychology.

Career Opportunities

Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology may pursue the following careers in the helping profession and mental health fields:

Affirmative action officer Direct care worker
Behavior analyst Domestic relations worker
Case worker Family service worker
Child care worker Group home coordinator
Child protection worker Mental health technician
College admissions counselor Residential youth counselor
College admissions recruiter Social Security Administration Office
Community recreation worker Social service coordinator
Corrections officer Statistical assistant
Counselor aide Veterans’ advisor
Day care center supervisor Welfare office related work
Day treatment specialist  

 

Programs of Study

Psychology Major (B.S.) (Without Cognate)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (54 hrs)
PSYC 255 Introduction to Research 3
PSYC 312 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 320 Behavior Modification 3
PSYC 341 Psychology of Personality 3
PSYC 351 Multicultural Counseling and Research Issues 3
PSYC 354 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
PSYC 355 Statistics in Psychology 3
PSYC 365 Psychological Foundations of Learning 3
PSYC 380 Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 420 Psychology and the Bible 3
PSYC 421 Psychological Measurement 3
PSYC 430 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 499 Internship 3
PSYC Elective (300-400 level) 15
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 (0-8 hrs)
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 Major (B.S.) (With Cognate)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (39 hrs)
PSYC 255 Introduction to Research 3
PSYC 312 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 320 Behavior Modification 3
PSYC 341 Psychology of Personality 3
PSYC 351 Multicultural Counseling and Research Issues 3
PSYC 354 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
PSYC 355 Statistics in Psychology 3
PSYC 365 Psychological Foundations of Learning 3
PSYC 380 Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 420 Psychology and the Bible 3
PSYC 421 Psychological Measurement 3
PSYC 430 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 499 Internship 3
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Counseling; Criminal Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Industrial Organizational Psychology; Sport Psychology; or Substance Abuse Counseling.
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
Free Electives (0-8 hrs)
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Cognates

Psychology Major (B.S.) Counseling Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (39 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
PSYC 317 Crisis Intervention 3
PSYC 361 Marriage and Family 3
PSYC 371 Theories in Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
PSYC 405 Group Dynamics 3
PSYC 460 Counseling Processes and Techniques 3
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 (0-8 hrs)
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 Major (B.S.) Criminal Psychology Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (39 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
PSYC 305 Overview of Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse 3
PSYC 317 Crisis Intervention 3
PSYC 475 Psychology of Criminal Behavior 3
CJUS 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 340 Criminology 3
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 (0-8 hrs)
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 Major (B.S.) Developmental Psychology Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (39 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
PSYC 221 Psychology of Childhood 3
PSYC 231 Psychology of Adolescence 3
PSYC 235 Psychology of Adulthood 3
PSYC 336 Gerontology 3
PSYC 440 Experimental Design in Research: Application and Construction 3
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 (0-8 hrs)
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 Major (B.S.) Industrial Organizational Psychology
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (39 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
BUSI 340 Organizational Behavior I 3
PSYC 316 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3
PSYC 318 Consumer Psychology 3
PSYC 405 Group Dynamics 3
PSYC 440 Experimental Design in Research: Application and Construction 3
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 (0-8 hrs)
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 Major (B.S.) Sport Psychology
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (39 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
HLTH 330 Human Nutrition 3
SMGT 200 Introduction to Sport Management 3
SMGT 400 Sport and Exercise Psychology 3
PSYC 405 Group Dynamics 3
PSYC 440 Experimental Design in Research: Application and Construction 3
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 (0-8 hrs)
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 Major (B.S.) Substance Abuse Counseling
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (39 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
PSYC 305 Overview of Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse 3
PSYC 306 Advanced Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse 3
PSYC 405 Group Dynamics 3
PSYC 406 Addictions and the Recovery Process 3
PSYC 407 Addictions Groups, Ethics and the Community 3
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 (0-8 hrs)
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 255 Introduction to Research 3
PSYC Elective (200 level or higher) 3
PSYC Electives (300-400 level) 6
Choose one of the following courses: 3
PSYC 101 General Psychology
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology

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

Department of Social Work

Christine Fulmer, B.S., M.S.W.
Social Work Program Director
Associate Professor of Social Work

Social Work Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The Social Work Program exists to develop Christ-centered social workers, who are equipped with the competency, skills, values, and knowledge, to humbly lead in advancing human and community well-being through the world.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate faith in the practice of social work.
  2. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  3. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  4. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  5. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  6. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  7. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  8. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  9. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  10. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  11. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

PROGRAM POLICIES AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
A student interested in earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Work (BSSW) at Liberty University must meet the requirements of the Social Work Program. The Social Work Program’s requirements include meeting the university admission criteria as well as the additional standards associated with preparing competent social workers for generalist practice. These additional standards are developed by the Social Work Program at Liberty University. Acceptance to Liberty University and declaring Social work as one’s major is the way in which a student begins the process. However, this first step is not synonymous with admission into the Social Work Program. Each social work candidate is to follow the steps associate with the process and meet the criteria established by the programs.

Formal application to the Social Work Program is generally completed during a student’s sophomore year in coordination with the completion of SOWK 270, Ethics in Professional Helping. A candidate must satisfactorily complete the application and meet the following criteria.

  1. Be in good academic standing with the University and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  2. Be currently enrolled or successfully completed SOWK 120, SOWK 150, PSYC 101, HLTH 216, BIOL 102, SOWK 260, SOWK 270, and SOCI 200.
  3. Provide copy of DCP audit.
  4. Adhere to the standards set forth in the Liberty Way for residential students or the Personal Code of Honor for online students.
  5. Provide three references (one professional, one pastoral or volunteer, and one from a colleague).

Once a student has been granted entry into the Social Work Program, a student is to maintain his/her status by consistently meeting the following criteria:

  1. Earn a “C” or higher in all social work classes.
  2. Maintain satisfactory citizenship and ethical behavior.
  3. Consistently demonstrate the values of the profession: integrity, service, the value of human relationships, dignity and worth of a person, competence, and social justice.

Career Opportunities

Social workers are employed in a variety of professional fields. There are church social workers, clinical/mental health social workers, school social workers, medical social workers, child welfare social workers, hospice social workers, military social workers, nursing home social workers, etc. Social workers provide services to people of all ages in numerous settings. A social worker can get employment without a master’s degree. However, if the social worker wants to do mental health therapy, military social work, medical social work, supervision or administration, it is recommended that the social worker get their Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW).

Programs of Study

Social Work Major (B.S.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (57 hrs)
BWVW 301 Biblical Worldview Seminar 3
GLST 220 Intercultural Communication and Engagement 3
PSYC 255 Introduction to Research 3
PSYC 354 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
SOWK 101 Introduction to Social Work 3
SOWK 120 Social Work Field Exploration 2
SOWK 150 Intensive Social Work Observation 1
SOWK 260 Chemical Dependency 3
SOWK 270 Ethics in Professional Helping 3
SOWK 300 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
SOWK 325 Social Welfare and Policy 3
SOWK 350 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3
SOWK 355 Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SOWK 370 Junior Field Experience and Seminar 3
SOWK 410 Social Work Macro Practice 3
SOWK 450 Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations 3
SOWK 470 Senior Field Experience and Seminar 9
Social Work Elective 1 3
Directed Courses (Required) (3-12 hrs)*
BIOL 102 Principles of Human Biology 3
HLTH 216 Personal Health 3
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
SOCI 200 Introduction to Sociology 3
Free Electives (0-2 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 33 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These courses are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Choose from: SOWK 425, 431, 432, 435, 495, 497



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