Psychology

Psychology

Be a people-helper.

Relationships are an essential part of life, but they don’t come without challenges. As a psychology major, not only will you learn conceptual theories and research methods, but you will also learn how to relate to others and communicate in an effective manner. These skills will allow you to be a part of God’s restorative work in in a fallen world.  

Be a confident communicator. Be invested in the lives of others. Be a change agent. Be TIU.  

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Coursework

Requirements total 47 hours. This includes 26 from required Psychology courses and 21 hours of Psychology electives. Up to 7 of the required hours may be used to meet general education requirements. The Organizational Leadership Emphasis (OLE) requires 18 of the 21 elective hours to be taken in the emphasis. You'll take interesting courses like:

  • Personality Theories
  • Group Dynamics
  • Integration of Psychology and Christian Faith
                                                …and many more!

Take advantage of tuition-free summer courses and complete your degree in just three years!

Emphases

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership
CourseTitleCredits
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
PSY 141 Psychology Seminar 1 hour
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Did You Know?

TEDS (the seminary at TIU) offers Master’s level programs in Mental Health Counseling and Counseling Ministries, which many of our students choose to pursue after completing their Bachelor’s in Psychology.

Minors

If you are looking at another program at TIU, you might want to consider adding this minor to your degree:

  • Health Psychology Minor
  • Organizational Leadership Minor
  • Psychology Minor

Careers & Internships

Book knowledge can only go so far; at some point you must put it into practice. While at TIU, you will have the chance to practice your skills by pursuing internships in your area of emphasis to further your professional experience. Whether you want to be a counselor, a clinical practitioner, or even a life coach, we will prepare you for the job. 

Psychology: Emily Ford

Emily Ford

'11, B.A. in Psychology
Mental Health Specialist

“If you want to study psychology, you should study at a place that has a correct foundational view of who man is.”

Career Objectives

  • Vocational Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Counselor
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Organizational Psychologist
  • Professor
  • Community Psychologist

“The integration of Christianity and psychology has made me love my major…”

Media

Our hope is that when you graduate, you will be able to effectively engage in communication, lead others towards healing, and participate in God’s continual redemptive work.

Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

  • Reed Castele, MA
  • Dixie Davis, MA
  • Margarette Firman, MSW, LCSW
  • Mark Gerhardt, JD
  • Dennis Humphrey, MA
  • Katherine Jeffery, MACS
  • Sheilah Mahan, MS
  • Christopher McNiven, EdD
  • J. Daniel Monroe, MSW
CourseTitleCredits
Psychology Core (26 hours)
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
PSY 141 Psychology Seminar 1 hour
PSY 285X Statistics 4 hours
PSY 346X Research Methods and Design 3 hours
Developmental Psychology Course (choose one):
PSY 335 Human Development: Childhood 3 hours
PSY 337 The Psychology of Adolescence 3 hours
PSY 339 Human Development: Adult 3 hours
Theory Courses (choose two):
PSY 300 Personality Theories 3 hours
PSY 320 Learning and Motivation 3 hours
PSY 350X Social Psychology 3 hours
Application course corresponding to one of the chosen theory courses above (choose one):
PSY 400
(taken after
PSY 300)
Therapeutic Psychology 3 hours
PSY 372
(taken after
PSY 320)
Cognitive Behavioral Psychology 3 hours
PSY 355
(taken after
PSY 350)
Group Dynamics 3 hours
Integrative Course (choose one):
PSY 430 Psychology of Religion 3 hours
PSY 440 Integration of Psychology and Christian Faith 3 hours
Elective Courses (21 hours):
PSY 170X Leadership Dynamics 3 hours
PSY 210 Life Planning 3 hours
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 228X Sport and Wellness Psychology 3 hours
PSY 230 Crisis Intervention hours
PSY 240 Human Sexuality 3 hours
PSY 250 Contemporary Issues in Psychology 3 hours
PSY 251 Topics in Counseling Psychology 3 hours
PSY 255 The Psychology of Addiction 3 hours
PSY 260X Educational Psychology 3 hours
PSY 300 Personality Theories* 3 hours
PSY 305 Organizational Psychology 3 hours
PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
PSY 320 Learning and Motivation* 3 hours
PSY 335 Human Development: Childhood† 3 hours
PSY 337 The Psychology of Adolescence† 3 hours
PSY 339 Human Development: Adult† 3 hours
PSY 345 Internship I 2-6 hours
PSY 350X Social Psychology* 3 hours
PSY 355 Group Dynamics** 3 hours
PSY 356 Conflict Management 3 hours
PSY 360X Introduction to Social Work 3 hours
PSY 372 Cognitive/Behavioral Psychology** 3 hours
PSY 374 Physiological Psychology 3 hours
PSY 400 Therapeutic Psychology** 3 hours
PSY 420X Advanced Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 430 Psychology of Religion‡ 3 hours
PSY 435 Psychological Test and Assessment 3 hours
PSY 440 Integration of Psychology and the Christian Faith‡ 3 hours
PSY 445X Internship II 2-6 hours
PSY 450 Independent Study 2-6 hours
PSY 460 Thesis 3-6 hours
PSY 470X Leadership Dynamics Practicum 1 hour
NOTES: *May be used to fulfill the one of the two theory requirements.
**May be used to fulfill the one application course requirement, provided that the chosen theory course with which it corresponds is also taken. The student is strongly advised to take the corresponding application course after the chosen theory course, but it is not required; however, in the case of PSY 400, PSY 300 is a prerequisite.
†May be used to fulfill the development requirement.
‡May be used to fulfill the integrative requirement.
Emphases
Counseling Psychology Emphasis (18 hours)
Course selections must include 18 hours in Psychology as part of the 47-hour requirement for the Psychology Major.
The Counseling Psychology Emphasis (CPE) has been created for Psychology Majors who wish to focus their course selections to those that will prepare them for further training in the people helping professions.
PSY 300 Personality Theories 3 hours
PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
Select one:
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 230 Crisis Intervention 3 hours
PSY 240 Human Sexuality 3 hours
PSY 251 Topics in Counseling Psychology 3 hours
PSY 255 The Psychology of Addiction 3 hours
Select two:
PSY 355 Group Dynamics 3 hours
PSY 356 Conflict Management 3 hours
PSY 345/
445/470
Internship: (counseling related only) 3 hours
PSY 372 Cognitive Behavioral Psychology 3 hours
PSY 374 Physiological Psychology 3 hours
PSY 420 Advanced Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 435 Psychological Tests and Assessment 3 hours
Select one:
PSY 360x Introduction to Social Work 3 hours
PSY 400 Therapeutic Psychology 3 hours
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for all 300-level PSY courses.
Organizational Leadership Emphasis (18 hours)
Course selections must include 26 hours from the Psychology required courses, and the following 18 required hours of the emphasis.
The Organizational Leadership Emphasis (OLE) is a Psychology Major emphasis shared with the Business Major. The OLE (18 hours) is open to Business and Psychology Majors.
PSY 170X Leadership Dynamics 3 hours
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 378X Servant Leadership 3 hours
PSY 420X Advanced Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 470X Leadership Dynamics Practicum 3-4 hours
Select one:
BUS 351 Organizational Development 3 hours
PSY 305 Organizational Psychology 3 hours
Health Psychology Emphasis (25-29 hours)
Course selections must include 26 hours from the Psychology required courses, and the following 25-29 required hours of the emphasis.
The Health Psychology Emphasis (HPE) has been created for Psychology Majors who wish to gain foundational knowledge and skills to utilize psychological principles in the assistance of a variety of persons to enhance their health as well as their compliance with strategies for healthier life choices.
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
HPW 180 Introduction to Health and Wellness 3 hours
PSY 372 Cognitive Behavioral Psychology 3 hours
PSY 374 Physiological Psychology 3 hours
Select one:
BIO 140 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology 4 hours
BIO 340-341 Anatomy and Physiology I & II 8 hours
Select one:
HPW 201X Physiology of Exercise 3 hours
HPW 202X Nutrition 3 hours
Select two:
HPW 228X Sport and Wellness Psychology 3 hours
PSY 240 Human Sexuality 3 hours
PSY 255 The Psychology of Addiction 3 hours
PSY 250 Special Topics (topics that deal directly with health) 3 hours
Suggested Courses
PSY 320 Learning and Motivation 3 hours
PSY 350X Social Psychology 3 hours
PSY 345/
445/470
Internship (Health Psychology) 2-6 hours