Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as a Psychology major at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.
Major Courses (50 units)
This course is a theoretical and personal exploration of the problem of suffering and evil, examining biblical, theological, and philosophical perspectives. Special attention will be given to understanding how a loving God could allow suffering and evil and how a believer should respond.
A psychologically and theologically integrated study of marriage and family relationships, this course prepares students to develop a personal philosophy of family. It will include a personal evaluation of familial experiences and a challenging look at cultural norms and biblical principles. This course prepares students to develop a personal conceptualization for family development in addition to aiding others to do the same.
The study of the impact of the social context on the individual, this course examines the relationship of the individual to the family, the group, and the larger social milieu. Both theory and research findings will be examined as students analyze social behavior, including social cognition, attitude formation and change, conformity, prejudice, and group processes.
An introduction to basic theories of personality and their application in therapeutic contexts, this class includes an analysis of the credibility of each theory from a Christian perspective. Legal and ethical issues, including reporting requirements in abusive situations, are included. This is a writing intensive course for the psychology major.
Beginning with a broad overview of worldviews, this course provides a history of the integration movement, the unique challenges and controversies of integration, and a review of various models of integration. It specifically examines the various integration issues associated with psychology and Christianity.
This course explores the personal dimensions of spiritual and psychological formation. It emphasizes the relational aspects of Christian principles integrated with psychological constructs by examining the dynamics of God’s character, His plan for humanity throughout history, the nature of God’s grace and our response to it, the development and expression of the individual self, and the individual’s engagement with others.
An integrated and experiential study of effective small group dynamics from both a psychological as well as a theological perspective. Students will become familiar with the stages in the development of small groups, gaining insights and skills to become effective small group members and leaders.
The appropriate use of techniques and strategies in counseling provides the core focus for this class. Skills to assess need, provide appropriate interventions, and use relevant referrals will be included. This practical course emphasizes demonstration and application.
Students will explore cultural differences and develop greater sensitivity to these differences as they influence human behavior and mental processes. Psychological dynamics involved in the formation and reduction of prejudices, discrimination, and stereotypes will be explored.
Students will explore a number of spiritual practices that can help them flourish spiritually amidst the pressures of academia and of life. The course will briefly consider practices such as meditation, Sabbath, gratitude, simplicity, servanthood, spiritual friendship, and discernment. Students will participate in a half-day mini-retreat where they will explore these practices further.
An examination of the biopsychosocial science of human sexuality. This course provides students with an opportunity to explore complex sexual issues. Designed to help participants become more comfortable with discussing sexuality, the course emphasizes increased self-awareness and provides direction for working with sexual issues in others.
A study of psychopathology or abnormal behavior. Emphasis is placed on description and identification of individual disorders. A consideration of cultural differences in the expression of abnormal symptomatology is included.
This course is designed to explore the psychological, physiological, and societal effects of addiction. Students will be introduced to a variety of addictions and drug classifications; gender, ethnic and cultural differences regarding addiction; psychological and physiological effects of a variety of drugs; and the part that family and society play in addiction, treatment, and rehabilitation.
A study of theory, research, and practice relevant to the reciprocal relationships between individuals and the social systems which constitute the community context. Special emphasis will be placed on management and administration of community agencies providing social services including mental health, corrections, chemical dependency, and child/adolescent treatment services. Legal and ethical issues in the administration of these agencies will be included.
An experiential examination of the elements of therapeutic, growth-oriented grieving. The effective journey into, through, and out of the loss experience is explored from a personal as well as a ministerial perspective. This interactive course is designed to provide the student with a model informed by scripture and psychological theory/research for incorporating grieving skills into his/her current life and for helping others do the same.
This course includes a comprehensive study of the physiological and neurological correlates of behavior including neurobiology (at both cellular and systemic levels), neuroendocrinology, molecular biology, and biological considerations of mental disorders.
Provides the student with an overview and understanding of research methods and statistical terms used in both the psychology and business disciplines with a special focus on compilation and interpretation of data. Research methods will include introduction to identification and procurement of relevant sources of information for conducting research relative to both an academic or practitioner application. Students will learn the proper documentation for applicable formatting of source data within their area of study.
As the senior capstone experience for psychology majors, this course provides the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to integrate coursework from the breadth of the entire program. This course should be taken in the final semester of the senior year, and it includes a comprehensive exam.