Psychology

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Welcome to the psychology department!  The focus of the psychologydepartment at College of the Ozarks is to prepare students to evaluate psychology concepts from a biblically informed Christian Worldview, to be intelligent consumers of research, and to possess pre-professional knowledge and skills. A balanced curriculum brings together the theoretical and practical dimensions of psychology through experiential courses and opportunities for community-based internships.

The major objectives are for students to: 1). Demonstrate a practical working knowledge of the science and profession of psychology, 2). Investigate psychological concepts in light of a biblically informed Christian worldview in order to more effectively serve Christ and their community, and 3). Obtain a foundation in psychology sufficient for further professional training or graduate work in such fields as counseling, clinical psychology, criminal justice, social services, or school counseling.

Objectives of the Psychology Program:

The major objectives are for students to: 1). Demonstrate a practical working knowledge of the science and profession of psychology, 2). Investigate psychological concepts in light of a biblically informed Christian worldview in order to more effectively serve Christ and their community, and 3). Obtain a foundation in psychology sufficient for further professional training or graduate work in such fields as counseling, clinical psychology, criminal justice, social services, or school counseling.

Major in Psychology

Required major courses:  36 hours (18 hours must be 300-400 level)

Required CORE courses: 15 hours

  • PSY 103: Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PSY 152: Psychology Seminar (2)
  • PSY 183: History & Systems of Psychology (3)
  • PSY 373 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSY Capstone (4)
    • PSY 424: Topics in Psychology, or
    • PSY 48V: Psychology Internship, or
    • PSY 49V: Special Problems in Psychology

Required Elective courses: 15 hours

  • THEORY Elective (3 credit hours)
    • PSY 303: Theories of Learning & Behavior - WI, or
    • PSY 313: Theories of Personality - WI, or
    • PSY 323: Theories of Counseling - WI 
       
  • DEVELOPMENTAL Elective (3 credit hours)
    • PSY 213: Adolescent/ Middle Level Psychology, or
    • PSY 253: Developmental Psychology
       
  • DIRECTED Elective (3 credit hours)
    • PSY 433: Psychology of the Social Self, or
    • PSY 443: Physiological Psychology
       
  • APPLIED Electives (6 credit hours)
    • PSY 203: Health Psychology, or
    • PSY 223: Psychology of Sport & Exercise, or
    • PSY 243: Psychology of Addictions, or
    • PSY 273: Educational Psychology, or
    • PSY 333: Counseling Skills & Techniques, or
    • PSY 353: Psychology of Marriage & Family, or
    • PSY 404: Research Methods - WI, or
    • SOC 393: Social Psychology - WI
       

Additional Psychology Electives (6 credit hours):
Additional 6 PSY credit hours from THEORY, DEVELOPMETNAL, DIRECTED OR APPLIED courses.
 

A comprehensive exam is required during the first semester of the senior year.  Additional Psychology courses may be assessed as a result of the exam.

(Please see the College Catalog for other general education requirements of the Psychology major.)

Faculty

Jeff Elliott    jelliott@cofo.edu

Sheryl Haile    shaile@cofo.edu

Rebecca Hendrix rhendrix@cofo.edu

 

Careers

What can I do with a degree in psychology?

The American Psychological Association

The Association for Psychological Science

The Christian Association for Psychological Studies

Psi Chi:  The National Honor Society in Psychology

Graduate Schools

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Drury University

Evangel University

Forest Institute of Professional Psychology

John Brown University

Missouri University

Missouri State University

Online Psychology Degrees.com

 

Student Groups

Christian Psychology Club

The Christian Psychology club is for all Psychology majors and minors. Our goal is to support each other in the integration of Christianity into the psychology profession. We meet monthly to discuss ways in which we can impact our school and our community. As a club, we regularly participate in activities, fundraisers, and community service projects.


Locks of Love
 
Birthday Fundraiser

Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology

 Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).


Induction Dinner

Miles for Minds Walk

 

Departmental Activities and News


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