Psychology (B.S.)

Southwestern Adventist University’s Education and Psychology department offers two majors in its undergraduate program in psychology: Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology Emphasis School Guidance.

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed for students wanting to obtain entry-level positions in the field of psychology or who are planning on pursuing advanced degrees as part of their career path. To be a licensed counselor you must have a master degree or higher and successfully complete the respective licensure examinations.

We offer unique opportunities for students planning to become teachers initially, to do a number of microteaching episodes, observing the teaching and learning process in an actual classroom (field experience), culminating in a 14 weeks internship in a school in one of our local school districts. Students also have opportunities to do field experience or internship in a mental health facility once their major is psychology.

University alumni surveys find that psychology grads are currently working as psychology technicians, case managers for social services, fire fighters, ministers, teachers, authors, probation offcers, small business owners and corporate executives.

Job Outlook

A number of institutions hire graduates with a bachelor's degree, thus the outlook for a psychology major is excellent. Training in critical thinking, interpersonal communications, and human behavior make graduates in this field highly versatile and employable.

Earnings

Depending on the area of the country and type of job, grads can expect to earn a salary range of $30,000–$50,000.

Educational Qualifications

Students must be prepared to pursue licensure for becoming teachers first, and for further advancement students must complete a master degree and take the various licensure exams in order to be qualified as a school counselor. Students planning to teach at tertiary level in psychology programs must have at least one area of expertise and a doctorate degree is preferred. A terminal degree is also very advantageous in psychology to make an individual highly qualified.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018. 

 

 

PSYC 212 General Psychology ................................................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC 220 Human Growth Development ................................................................................................................................................. 3

PSYC 222 Ethics for Mental Health Professionals ................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC 322 Adolescent Psychology.............................................................................................................................................................. 3

PSYC 331 Multicultural Perspectives .......................................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC 340 Abnormal Psychology ............................................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC 360 Personality Theory & Development ........................................................................................................................................ 3

PSYC 410 Group Therapy .......................................................................................................................................................................3

PSYC 415 Crisis Intervention ....................................................................................................................................................................2

PSYC 444 Courtship, Marriage, & Family......................................................................................................................................................3 

PSYC 445 Deviant Behavior ....................................................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC 460 Applied Social Research Methods ........................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC 470 Counseling Theory & Techniques ........................................................................................................................................... 3

PSYC Elective................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3

TOTAL: 42

First Year

First Semester

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition........................................3

BIOL 104—Human Biology with Lab.......................................4

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life..................................................2

HIST 111—American History ...................................................3

RLGN 101 - Christian Beliefs...................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

BIOL 105—Human Biology II...................................................4

MATH 110—College Algebra ....................................................3

PSYC 212—General Psychology................................................3

Elective......................................................................................3

Fine Arts Elective........................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

ENGL 220—Research Writing...................................................3

PSYC 220—Human Growth & Development.............................3

PSYC 360—Personality Theories..............................................3

Math 110—College Algebra....................................................3

RLGN Elective ..............................................................................3

KINA Course .........................................................................1

TOTAL:​ 16

PSYC 222—Ethics for Mental Health Professionals*.................3

PSYC Elective..........................................................................3

History Elective (non-American)..............................................3

Electives .................................................................................6

KINA Activity Course................................................................1

TOTAL:​ 15

Third Year

PSYC Elective..............................................................................3

​Elective.....................................................................................3

MATH 241—Intro. to Probability and Statistics......................3

RLGN Elective ............................................................................3

Literature Course........................................................................3

KINA Course ..............................................................................1

TOTAL:​ 16

PSYC 322—Adolescent Psychology........................................3

PSYC 331—Multicultural Perspectives.....................................3

PSYC 340—Abnormal Pyschology...........................................3

Electives .......................................................................................6

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

KINA Activity Course................................................................1

PSYC 410—Group Therapy......................................................3

PSYC 415—Crisis Intervention ...............................................3

PSYC 444—Courtship, Marriage, & Family...............................3

PSYC 460—Applied Research Methods ...................................3

RLGN Elective (upper division)...............................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

PSYC 445—Deviant Behavior....................................................3

PSYC 470—Counseling Theories & Techniques* ...................3

Elective.........................................................................................3

Electives (upper division)..........................................................6

TOTAL:​ 15

*Must be taken in sequence (portfolio requirement)