Psychology and Christianity – PSYC 420

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/09/2023

Course Description

This course explores the relationship between Christian theology and the science of psychology. Students will focus on philosophical foundations and the major models of conceptualizing the relationship between the two disciplines.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


One’s view of the relationship between psychology and the Christian faith will guide one’s practice of psychology, both professionally and personally. For the student to be informed Christian practitioners of psychology in its varied forms, he or she should be able to articulate a coherent view of the relationship between psychology and Christianity. This course will help the student to develop and articulate a model of the relationship between his or her faith and the discipline of psychology.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and Lecture Presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Psychology and Christianity Reflection Paper Assignment

The student will write a double-spaced reflection paper of at least 2 pages on how he or she currently understands the relationship between Christianity and psychological science. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Essay Assignments (5)

The student will write a double-spaced essay of at least 500 words in current APA format using a provided prompt about the various models of integration. The essay must incorporate research and demonstrate course-related knowledge. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Integration Paper Assignment

The student will write an integration paper of at least 5 pages in current APA format that focuses on his or her perception of the relationship between psychological science and Christian faith. The paper must cite the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the assigned readings for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 30 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 45-minute time limit. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)