Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Psychology

Department Chair, Colleen S. Bryan

Faculty

Colleen S. Bryan, PhD

Randy L. Cronk, PhD

LeeAnn H. M. Couts, 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

PSY2012 Introduction to Experimental Psychology Methods

2

PSY2044 Theories of Learning

4

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

PSY3113 Social Research Methods

3

PSY3043 Psychology of Personality

3

SOC/PSY3053 Social Psychology

3

PSY3063 Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY4014 Experimental Research Methods

4

PSY4023 Physiological Psychology

3

PSY4073 History and Systems of Psychology

3

PSY4091 Psychology Capstone: Psychology and Faith

1

Elective Courses

Psychology electives

9

Total

46 Hours

*Students enroll each semester of attendance.

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

Psychology Minor

PSY1013G General Psychology

3

PSY2012 Introduction to Experimental Psychology Methods

2

Select Five or More Psychology Courses*

14-18

 

 

Total

19-23 Hours

*PSY1041 Professional and Career Issues in Psychology may not be counted as one of the five courses for the Psychology Minor.