The department of psychology seeks to enhance students’ understanding of human nature. Proceeding from a Christian understanding of humans created in the image of God, the psychology major explores multiple perspectives of human nature, including cognitive, behavioral, biological, social-cultural, and spiritual. All students learn the skills necessary to conduct research and to evaluate carefully others’ research, with the goal of increasing students’ understanding of human nature. Students interested in counseling are introduced to basic theories and methods relevant to providing counseling services. The psychology major prepares students either to secure employment immediately following graduation or to continue on to pursue advanced study in psychology or counseling at the graduate level.
The bachelor of arts in psychology program consists of field studies, a research component, psychological perspectives, and field application.
A minor in psychology is comprised of 21 units of (PSYC) courses.
12 core units of PSYC and 9 elective units.
12 of the 21 units must be taken at Vanguard University.
Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. An exploration of human development through the biological, behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, and spiritual perspectives in a lifespan approach (from conception through death). The course is recommended early in the major and is a prerequisite for other psychology courses.
Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. This course is an introduction to the concepts of biological psychology. Beginning with a basic understanding of brain structures, students will gain an understanding of how brain structure relates to brain function and to behavior. Topics covered include brain structure, neuronal communication, drugs and hormonal influences on the brain, visual sensation and perception, sleep and waking states, sexual behavior, brain lateralization, language, and psychological disorders.
Prerequisite: Senior standing, declared psychology major. An examination of human nature from the perspectives of psychology and Christian belief. Among the topics covered are the relationship between mind, body, and soul; the nature of human freedom; Christian prayer; conversion; and the relationships between people’s attitudes and their behavior. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum Capstone requirement for Psychology majors.