The General Psychology track within the Psychology concentration of Providence Christian College exists to enhance the holistic development of students through nurturing student knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the observation, understanding, and analysis of human behavior, and by developing, through the study of educational, social, sports and exercise, abnormal, coaching, and positive psychology an understanding of how the human soul can best flourish for God’s glory.
Why Study Psychology at Providence?
The Psychology (PSY) concentration (General track) is designed to equip students with the ability to understand and practice within fields associated with psychology by providing a sound overview of the psychology discipline from an informed and Reformed Christian worldview for the good of others and the glory of God.
The PSY concentration (General track) begins in the first year by laying the essential groundwork for critical thinking with a core focused upon economics, mathematics, philosophy, political theory, religion, and Western Civilization. Additional courses on composition and presentation require students to not only learn material but communicate information cogently and persuasively—essential skills in the field of sports psychology.
Psychology general track students are also introduced in their first year to psychology, human development, and an understanding of psychology from a Christian perspective in their enrollment in Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development, and The Christian Mind respectively.
Second-year students complete additional studies in the liberal arts core while enrolling in two classes, Theories of Human Nature and Educational Psychology in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Upper-class PSY students enroll in classes in Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Positive Psychology, Sports and Exercise Psychology, Christian Ethics, and Social Science Research Methods. Electives and other core course requirements round out a student’s academic preparation, before their program culminates in their participation in their Capstone project, the goal of which is for students to employ all of the elements of their Providence Christian education in independent research and exposition.
Concentration Learning Outcomes
After active participation and completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Obtain a critical understanding and ability to apply theoretical and scientific knowledge from the sub-disciplines of educational, social, sports and exercise, abnormal, coaching, and positive psychology.
- Effectively communicate the essential theories, scientific applications, and Christian ethical considerations related to human nature and psychology.
- Access and employ contemporary scholarship on the practice of a variety of disciplines within psychology.
- Recognize and consider best approaches as applied to developing human flourishing.
- Articulate a Christian and Reformed perspective on the study of the human soul, and human development.
Concentration Course Requirements
|PSY Courses within the Liberal Studies Degree Core|
|LBS 101||The Christian Mind||3|
|PSY 201||Lifespan Development||3|
|Course #||PSY Required Course Titles||Units|
|PHL 231||Theories of Human Nature||3|
|PSY 202||Educational Psychology||3|
|PSY 230||Sports and Exercise Psychology||3|
|PSY 320||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSY 340||Social Psychology||3|
|PSY 348||Positive Psychology||3|
|PHL 340||Christian Ethics||3|
|SSC 301||Social Science Research Methods||3|
|Course #||PSY Elective Course Titles||Units|
|HLS 200||Fundamental Principles of Health and Wellness||3|
|BIO 310||Anatomy + Lab||4|
|BIO 311||Physiology + Lab||4|
|HLS 310||Exercise Physiology + Lab||4|
|HLS 410||Nutrition for Today||3|
|HLS 430||Assessment & Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries||3|
|PSY 399||Applied Apprenticeship||March 8, 2014|
|PSY Capstone Course Titles|
|LBS 499||Capstone: Career Development and e-Portfolio||3|
|HLS 499||Capstone: Paper/Project and Presentation||3|
Concentration Course Map
|Year One - Fall||Year One - Spring|
|New Testament I||New Testament II|
|Composition I||Composition II|
|Philosophical, Political & Economic Thought||Classical and Medieval Civilization and Culture|
|The Christian Mind||Lifespan Development|
|Intro to Public Communication||Principles & Practice of Innovation|
|Year Two - Fall||Year Two - Spring|
|Old Testament I||Old Testament II|
|Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and Culture||American Civilization and Culture|
|World Literature||Introduction to Fine Art|
|General Chemistry + Lab||HPE|
|Theories of Human Nature||Elective|
|Year Three - Fall||Year Three - Spring|
|Christ, Culture, and Contextualization||Principles of Management, Organization, and Communication|
|Statistics||Sports and Exercise Psychology|
|Social Psychology||Christian Ethics|
|Year Four - Fall||Year Four - Spring|
|Capstone: Career Development and e-Portfolio||Capstone: Paper/Project & Presentation|
|Spanish I*||Spanish II*|
|Research Methods||Positive Psychology|