BA IN PSYCHOLOGY

Online | Deerfield, IL


HEALING THE WHOLE PERSON

Relationships are an essential part of life, but they don’t come without challenges. As a Psychology major, not only will you learn conceptual theories and research methods, but you will also develop skills in relating to others, communicating in a more effective manner, and flourishing into a more competent person.

PERSONAL. PRACTICAL. BIBLICAL.

At Trinity, you’ll be equipped to think critically and biblically in every area of life as you are challenged to apply your faith to your coursework and classroom conversations. And instead of approaching general education as a checklist of courses to be completed, Trinity’s distinctive educational approach gives you the freedom to choose courses that are most interesting and relevant to you. Working closely with your faculty advisor, you can select from electives to enhance your major, apply toward a minor, create a double major, or simply experience something new. The choices are yours! All along the way, you’ll be cared for and supported, ensuring that you make the most of your college experience.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO EARN MY DEGREE?

Most students finish their Psychology major in 3-4 years. Requirements total 48 hours. This includes 27 from required Psychology courses and 21 hours of Psychology electives. Up to 7 of the required hours may be used to meet general education requirements. The Organizational Leadership Emphasis (OLE) requires 18 of the 21 elective hours to be taken in the emphasis.

DID YOU KNOW?

TEDS, our world-renowned divinity school and Trinity Graduate School both offer master’s level programs in Mental Health Counseling and Counseling Ministries, which many of our students choose to pursue after completing their bachelor in psychology.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The Psychology major is designed to provide an understanding and perspective of professional psychology as well as the challenges and problems of living. The major is a foundational study for graduate school and for everyday life. Besides your psychology courses, you will also round out your education with courses in research methods, human development, integration of psychology and the Christian faith, interpersonal skills training and theories of learning. The Psychology major also offers several emphases to choose from.

COURSEWORK:

Requirements total 48 hours. This includes 27 from required Psychology courses and 21 hours of Psychology electives. Up to 7 of the required hours may be used to meet general education requirements. The Organizational Leadership Emphasis (OLE) requires 18 of the 21 elective hours to be taken in the emphasis. You’ll take interesting courses like:

  • Personality Theories
  • Group Dynamics
  • Integration of Psychology and Christian Faith

Emphases:

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership

PSYCHOLOGY

REQUIRED COURSES
Course Title Credits
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
PSY 141 Psychology Seminar 1 hour
PSY 285X Statistics 4 hours
PSY 346X Research Methods and Design 3 hours
PSY 441 Psychology Senior Seminar* 1 hour
Developmental Psychology Course
Select one of the following: 3 hours
PSY 335 Child Development
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 339 Adult Development
Theory Courses 
Select two of the following: 6 hours
PSY 300 Personality Theories
PSY 320 Theories of Learning
PSY 350X Social Psychology
Application Course 
Select one course corresponding to one of the chosen theory courses above: 3 hours
PSY 355 Group Dynamics (taken after PSY 350)
PSY 372 Cognitive Behavioral Psychology
(taken after PSY 320)
PSY 400 Therapeutic Psychology (taken after PSY 300)
Integrative Course
PSY 430
OR
PSY 440
Psychology of Religion
OR
Integration of Psychology and Christian Faith
3 hours
ELECTIVE COURSES
Each student must complete at least one hour of professional experience (experiential education). An internship is required for students majoring in Psychology unless the professional experience requirement is completed in another way (e.g., in another major). See footnote #3 below.
Course Title Credits
Select 21 credits of the following: 21 hours
PSY 170X Leadership Dynamics
PSY 210 Life Planning
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training
PSY 228X Sport and Wellness Psychology
PSY 230 Crisis Intervention
PSY 240 Human Sexuality
PSY 250 Contemporary Issues Psychology
PSY 251 Topics in Counseling Psychology
PSY 255 Psychology of Addiction
PSY 260X Educational Psychology/Human Development
PSY 300 Personality Theories^
PSY 305 Organizational Psychology
PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 320 Theories of Learning^
PSY 335 Child Development†
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence†
PSY 339 Adult Development†
PSY 345 Internship I‡
PSY 350X Social Psychology^
PSY 355 Group Dynamics**
PSY 356 Conflict Management
PSY 360X Introduction to Social Work
PSY 372 Cognitive Behavioral Psychology**
PSY 374 Physiological Psychology
PSY 400 Therapeutic Psychology**
PSY 420X Advanced Interpersonal Skills Training
PSY 430 Psychology of Religion
PSY 440 Integration of Psychology and the Christian Faith‡
PSY 445 Internship II‡
PSY 450 Independent Study
PSY 460 Thesis
PSY 470X Leadership Dynamics Practicum‡
Total Hours 48 hours
NOTES: ^May be used to fulfill the one of the two theory requirements.
†May be used to fulfill the development requirement.
‡May be used to fulfill the professional experience requirement
**May be used to fulfill the one application course requirement, provided that the chosen theory course with which it corresponds is also taken. The student is strongly advised to take the corresponding application course after the chosen theory course, but it is not required; however, in the case of PSY 400, PSY 300 is a prerequisite.
*May be used to fulfill the integrative requirement.
COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY EMPHASIS
Course selections must include 18 hours in Psychology as part of the 48-hour requirement for the Psychology Major.

The Counseling Psychology Emphasis (CPE) has been created for Psychology Majors who wish to focus their course selections to those that will prepare them for further training in the people helping professions.

Note: PSY 140 is a prerequisite for all 300-level PSY courses.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
PSY 300 Personality Theories 3 hours
PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
Select one of the following: 3 hours
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training
PSY 230 Crisis Intervention
PSY 240 Human Sexuality
PSY 251 Topics in Counseling Psychology
PSY 255 Psychology of Addiction
Select two of the following: 6 hours
PSY 345/445/470X Internship I (counseling related only)
PSY 355 Group Dynamics
PSY 356 Conflict Management
PSY 372 Cognitive Behavioral Psychology
PSY 374 Physiological Psychology
PSY 420X Advanced Interpersonal Skills Training
Select one of the following: 3 hours
PSY 360x Introduction to Social Work
PSY 400 Therapeutic Psychology
Total Hours 18 hours
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY EMPHASIS
Course selections must include 19-23 hours from the Health Psychology Emphasis as part of the 48 hour requirement for the psychology major.

The Health Psychology Emphasis (HPE) has been created for psychology majors who wish to gain foundational knowledge and skills to utilize psychological principles in the assistance of a variety of persons to enhance their health as well as their compliance with strategies for healthier life choices.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
BIO 140

0r BIO 340

and BIO 341

Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

and Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4-8 hours
HPW 228X Sport and Wellness Psychology 3 hours
PSY 372 Cognitive Behavioral Psychology 3 hours
PSY 374 Physiological Psychology 3 hours
Select two of the following: 6 hours
PSY 240 Human Sexuality
PSY 250 Contemporary Issues Psychology (if health related)
PSY 251 Topics in Counseling Psychology (if health related)
PSY 255 Psychology of Addiction
PSY 356 Conflict Management
Total Hours 19-23 hours

CAREER OUTCOMES:

Vocational Counselor Genetics Counselor
School Psychologist Organizational Psychologist
Forensic Psychologist Professor
Counselor Community Psychologist
Sports Psychologist Trauma Counselor

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