PSYCHOLOGY

47 credit hours


WHY STUDY PSYCHOLOGY AT TIU?

Book knowledge can only go so far – at some point, you must put it into practice. While at TIU, you will have the chance to practice your skills by pursuing internships in your area of emphasis to further your professional experience. Whether you want to be a counselor, a clinical practitioner, or even a life coach, we will prepare you for the role.

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’s 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 26 hours from the Psychology required courses, and the following 25-29 required hours of the emphasis.

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
HPW 180 Introduction to Health and Wellness 3 hours
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
PSY 372 Cognitive Behavioral Psychology 3 hours
PSY 374 Physiological Psychology 3 hours
Select one: 4-8 hours
BIO 140 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 340
AND
BIO 341
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
AND
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Select one: 3 hours
HS 201 Physiology of Exercise
HS 202 Nutrition
Select two of the following: 6 hours
HPW 228X Sport and Wellness Psychology
PSY 240 Human Sexuality
PSY 250 Contemporary Issues Psychology
PSY 255 Psychology of Addiction
Suggested Courses
PSY 320 Theories of Learning
PSY 345/445/470 Internship I (Health Psychology)
PSY 350X Social Psychology
Total Hours 25-29 hours
ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP EMPHASIS
Course selections must include 26 hours from the Psychology required courses, and the following 18 required hours of the emphasis.

The Organizational Leadership Emphasis (OLE) is an emphasis within the Psychology Major that has been created for qualified students who seek to grow in the servant leadership of others across broad contexts.

With a dual emphasis on both theory and practice the OLE gives students an opportunity to develop and refine their philosophy of leadership as well as test it in the real world. Students are prepared for an organizational leadership practicum by gaining exposure to a variety of courses that systematically prepare them to be successful as Servant Leaders.

The Leadership Minor (LM – 24 hours) is open to any student who wishes to go beyond the Organizational Leadership Emphasis (OLE) and must choose either the OLE in the Psychology major or choose the Leadership Minor (see details in the catalog), but not both.

Course Title Credits
Introduction to Leadership (choose one option): 3 hours
LR 170X
OR
LR 173
AND
LR 174
Leadership Dynamics
OR
Emerging Leadership I
AND
Emerging Leadership II
Required Courses
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 378X Servant Leadership 3 hours
PSY 420X Advanced Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
Elective (choose one): 3 hours
BUS 346
OR
PSY 305
Organizational Behavior
OR
Organizational Psychology
BUS 353 Management of Change
COM 334 Group and Organizational Communication
PSY 305 Organizational Psychology
PSY 356 Conflict Management
Leadership Practicum (choose one): 3 hours
LR 470X
OR
Combination of LR 220, LR 420, LR 440
Leadership Dynamics Practicum
Total Hours 18 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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