The psychology major provides students with a general exposure to the field of psychology in preparation for graduate studies or a myriad of jobs and occupations. It entails completing forty-two (42) credits in core domains of psychology along with at least one of six 12-credit-hour tracks for a total of 54 credit hours (see catalog).
The tracks of choice include:
Child & Family Studies Track
The emphasis of this track is to explore the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, family life, and the skills necessary when helping individuals and family members towards growth and healthy living.
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, or marriage & family therapist.
Cross-Cultural Psychology Track
In addition to preparing students to be knowledgeable with the multi-dimensional issues of our diverse culture in the United States, this track provides opportunities for students to study abroad in countries such as Great Britain, Ireland, Lithuania, and other settings. Students will also gain internship exposures in a number of international settings.
Health Psychology and Addictions Track
This track provides a foundation for students to understand the importance of health and addiction issues pertinent to an individual’s mental, social, and behavioral wellbeing.
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.
This track focuses on equipping students with skills in quantitative and qualitative analyses, and equips students for applications in individual assessment, organizational research, or graduate training in evidence-based studies.
With the inclusion of the General Education requirements that include a Bible minor, students still have enough credit hours to include more than one track of learning in the psychology major or to include another minor. 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 your unique interests and career preparation.
Sample Four-Year Plan
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.