Students interested in the study of persons in the areas of personality, social interactions, motivation, mental health, and abnormality will find the Psychology degree the perfect choice. Majors in this area are prepared to either begin work in the field in an entry-level position or are prepared as highly competitive graduate school applicants.

Students graduating from the OKWU psychology department will earn a degree grounded in a Christian worldview that focuses upon a transformational approach to psychology. This approach is modeled from a Christian psychology perspective as described by John H. Coe and Todd W. Hall in Psychology and Christianity: Five Views (Johnson, 2010). Transformational psychology starts with the personal transformation of the psychologist through both the written word of God and the Word incarnate. In our department, we see ourselves (as well as all other persons) in need of a personal relationship with Jesus. In this way, we come to see and work with people as God sees them. We see all persons as created in the image of God and as “broken vessels” in need of healing power of Christ. We come to understand that this is the only way to be an act authentically is through this personal transformation by God. As we are constantly in the process of this change, we invite all others to join us in their own personal transformation.

Johnson, E. L. (Ed.), (2010). Psychology and Christianity: Five views. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Required Psychology Courses:

  • Building Bridges
  • Psychology of Development Across the Lifespan
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Techniques of Counseling
  • Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  • Senior Psychology Seminar
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Psychology Practicum 1 & 2

Psychology Electives:

  • Marriage and Family Relations
  • Social Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychology of Motivation
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Small Group Processes
  • Psychology Practicum 3 & 4
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Casework Introduction
  • Social Problems
  • Social Deviance
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Minority Group Relations
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Justice Procedures
  • Victimology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior
  • EQ 1.0 & EQ 2.0
  • Introduction to Intercultural Ministry
  • Pastoral Counseling

Psychology Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Psychology program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the various theories of human development, including biological, psychological, and sociological.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the various personality theories and major counseling approaches currently in use.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the categories of abnormal behavior and theories of etiology and treatment.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to understand and critically evaluate the philosophical underpinnings of psychological theories including the perspective of a Christian worldview.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and produce scientific research in the behavioral sciences.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the various models and processes of integration of the behavioral sciences and Christian faith.
  7. Demonstrate direct practice through classroom training and participation in psychology and social service programs while integrating a Christian worldview.
  8. Demonstrate development of community relationships for academic enrichment, ongoing adult learning, and professional development.
  9. Demonstrate development of self as a skilled helper through personal exploration and transformation through Christian sanctification and/or truth as contained in the Holy Scriptures and as directed by the Holy Spirit.