Mount Vernon Nazarene University

2011-2012 Catalog

Psychology

Department Chair, Colleen S. Bryan

Faculty

Colleen S. Bryan, PhD

Randy L. Cronk, PhD

LeeAnn H. Miner, PhD

Carla F. Swallow, MA

Psychology Program Objectives

The courses and curriculum of the psychology program are designed to achieve the following student outcomes:

  • demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theories, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • develop the knowledge, skills, and values consistent with a liberal arts education.
  • respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  • weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • develop an understanding of the relationships and connections between Christian faith and the discipline of psychology as a social and applied science.

Psychology Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Required Courses

PSY1013G General Psychology

3

PSY1041 Professional and Career Issues in Psychology

1

PSY2000 Psychology Seminar*

0

PSY2011 Experimental Psychology Laboratory

1

PSY2044 Theories of Learning

4

MAT2063 Introduction to Statistics

3

PSY3024 Research Design in Psychology**

4

PSY3043 Psychology of Personality

3

SOC/PSY3053 Social Psychology

3

PSY3063 Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY4023 Physiological Psychology

3

PSY4044 History and Systems of Psychology

4

PSY4091 Psychology Capstone: Psychology and Faith

1

Elective Courses

Psychology electives

9

Total

42 Hours

*(Students enroll each semester of attendance.)

**Students who choose to complete double majors in psychology and criminal justice must complete Research Design in Psychology as the required research methods course. Students who choose to complete double majors in psychology and sociology must complete both Research Design in Psychology and Social Science Research Methods as required research methods courses.

The student with a major in psychology is required to complete a minor in another discipline.

Psychology Minor

PSY1013G General Psychology

3

Psychology electives (numbered 3000 or above)

3

Select one of the following experimental courses:

3-4

PSY2063 Cognitive Psychology

 

PSY3024 Research Design in Psychology

 

PSY4023 Physiological Psychology

 

Select one of the following theoretical courses:

3-4

PSY2044 Theories of Learning

 

PSY3043 Psychology of Personality

 

PSY4044 History and Systems of Psychology

 

Select one of the following social courses:

3

aSOC/aPSY2083 Group Behavior and Processes

 

SOC/PSY3053 Social Psychology

 

MAN/SOC/PSY3083 Organizational Behavior

 

Select one of the following health/developmental courses:

3-4

PSY2013 Life Span Developmental Psychology

 

PSY3063 Abnormal Psychology

 

PSY3093 Psychology of Health and Wellness

 

PSY4034 Principles of Counseling

 

Total

18-21 Hours