2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 28, 2022  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, BS (or 5 Yr BS/MA)

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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  . 


Course of Study (120)

Degree Core (54)

Major Designated Mathematics Course (3)

Choose one of the following Culture and Arts courses (3)

Leadership Development and Spiritual Formation (6)

Psychology Major (36)

Human Process - Choose one of the following (3)

Comparative/Physiological Process - Choose two of the following (6)

Professional Experiences - Choose one of the following (3)

Designated Electives (12)

  • Choose four courses from PSY courses, HMS courses, SOC 2110 or SOC 3740  . 

Open Electives (30)

  • Choose 10 courses from any department (see note below)


Students are encouraged to choose a minor to complement their major program of study or consider a Bible major. Most minors are comprised of 18 credit hours.

Suggested Program of Study

Year 1 - Spring

Year 2 - Spring

Year 3 - Fall

Year 3 - Spring

Year 4 - Fall

Year 4 - Spring

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