The psychology major provides students with a general exposure to the field of psychology in preparation for graduate study in psychology or a number of human service positions. It entails completing forty-two (42) credits in core domains of psychology along with a 12-credit track of student's choice (see psychology curriculum). The psychology major can be attractive for students who wish to earn a minor field of study (in addition to Bible) or complete a broad sequence of courses in addition to psychology.
There are six 12-credit hour tracks available from which students can select in preparation for graduate education and professional practice:
Comprehensive Counseling Track
The goal of this track is to provide some specific courses relevant to professional practices in counseling as a psychologist, professional counselor, and marriage & family therapist.
Health Psychology and Addictions Track
Clinical Psychology is an integral part of health services in the United States of America, and this track provides a foundation for students to understand the importance of health and addiction issues pertinent to an individual’s overall wellbeing.
Cognitive Neuroscience Track
Understanding the brain-body connection has been on the leading edge of developing clinical and psychotherapeutic interventions. This track equips students with the foundations of science that undergird a significant portion of psychological knowledge and applications.
Child and Family Track
The emphasis of this track is to provide dedicated learning to the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, family life, and the skills necessary when helping individual and collective members of the family towards growth and healthy living.
Psychological and counseling approaches to helping should be evidence-based. As such, this track focuses on equipping students with experimental design as well as quantitative and qualitative method skills necessary for graduate training in research.
In addition to preparing students to be knowledgeable with the multi-dimensional issues of our diverse culture in the United States, this track also provides opportunities for students to study abroad in countries such as the United Kingdom, Austria, the Netherlands, Mexico, and India (language requirements are necessary for some), as well as to gain internship experience in numerous international settings.
Finally, the psychology major is comprised of a total of 54 credit hours, which provides a broad base of learning and training for students endeavoring to be proficient in the field to which they are called. With the inclusion of their General Education requirements that include a Bible minor, students still have enough credit hours left to include more than one track of learning in the psychology major or to include another minor if they choose. The structure of the psychology program allows students to build a solid educational foundation and still be able to customize a curriculum that can fulfill their unique interests and professional preparation.
A minor in psychology is also offered.
The 18-credit hour minor in psychology helps students who find that additional course work in psychology will support their major field of study. In particular, understanding people, interpersonal communication, and applying the scientific method to problem solving strengthens students' vocational preparation and ultimate job success. The psychology minor is constructed to allow maximum flexibility across a large cross section of majors at Cedarville University. The study of psychology involves analysis of the physiological, social, and psychological development of the individual from conception through the total life span.