Mar 04, 2024
Within the BA in Psychology program, two tracks are available: General and Pre-Professional. The Pre-Professional track is designed for students planning a graduate degree. Whichever program students choose, they should consult with their advisors and classes should be chosen with occupational goals in mind. Students planning on graduate school should choose classes related to that area of specialization.
Electives may be chosen from psychology courses not required within the core and concentration requirements, or those approved by the advisor/chair, to meet the minimum of 31 credits in psychology.
Majors are required to take the Major Field Test in Psychology. The exam assesses the following areas: memory and thinking, sensory and physiology, developmental, clinical and abnormal, social, and measurement and methodology.
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Andrews University must complete 21 credits from courses numbered 300 or above. Transfer courses taken at the lower division level will not count towards the upper division requirement.
Field Experience and a reading knowledge of a foreign language are strongly recommended, particularly for students who plan to take graduate studies in Psychology.
In the Behavioral Sciences, the computer is an indispensable tool for collecting and working with data, accessing scientific reports, and for writing and critical thinking. As a result, the Department of Behavioral Sciences requires students to have a laptop computer in order to meet the requirements of the curriculum. Students are responsible for maintaining their computer with the required software appropriate for the courses they are enrolled in as they progress through the curriculum. Use of the computer varies by course.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the end of the program a student will be able to:
- Think critically about human thought and behavior in individuals, sociocultural and ecological systems
- Select credible sources of evidence from the behavioral sciences, and specifically in the area of psychology science
- Conduct effective research projects from design through data interpretation
- Apply ethical standards to scholarship and practice in Psychology
- Apply principles and skills from Psychology to serve their communities
- Write effectively about theories, data, and practice in Psychology
- Speak effectively about theories, data, and practice in Psychology
- Prepare a professional plan for life after graduation
- Apply principles from Psychology to understand and influence the development of faith across the life span
- Know the key themes in relevant disciplines in Psychology