Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of the Psychology program is to develop students to research and address the mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual growth needs of people in clinical, academic, and church/mission settings.
In addition to the mission statement, general objectives, and requirements of the university, the objectives of the Psychology program are:
- Enable students to evaluate psychological paradigms by the authority of Scripture, helping them to precisely articulate a biblically consistent and empirically powerful model of human psychology.
- Enable students to understand the scientific foundations of empirical research and the biological foundations of psychological experience.
- Help students to foster the spiritual, mental, emotional, and relational growth of themselves and others through practical exposure and training in outside agency work. (Prior instruction in mental health diagnosis and treatment is included, as is instruction in professional ethics and prohibiting (among other things) “dual role” relationships that interfere with therapeutic progress.)
See Undergraduate Core for graduation requirements.
Master of Arts in Counseling (five year), BS/MA Option
CIU’s Clinical Counseling program, in conjunction with the Psychology major of the College of Arts and Sciences, offers an integrated program of study that allows academically-gifted, mission-quality students who have a clear sense of calling to become licensed professional counselors to complete both a Bachelor of Science degree with a Psychology major and a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling degree in five years. View detailed information .