Southeastern’s psychology major will equip you with foundational tools and knowledge to counsel people in the spirit of Christ. We’ll teach you to study psychological theories through the lens of your faith. As a psychology student you will realize that theories about human behavior can help us see that we have physical, mental and emotional needs that require conscientious stewardship.
Southeastern’s psychology program begins with our Christ-centered liberal arts (general education) core curriculum, where you develop an understanding and appreciation of God and His creation, human creativity and reason, and our place of responsibility as stewards in the world God has made. As you forge links between what you’ve learned in the core and the more specialized courses in your major, our hope is that you also begin to relate all that you learn to your life and your faith.
Within the psychology program itself, you’ll learn different theories to explain normal human behavior, behavior that’s not accepted by society, and behavior of people as they grow from infants to mature stages of adulthood. You’ll also learn how to design sound experiments to help you discover why people do what they do.
The Bachelor of Science program will prepare you to become a counselor through internships that give you practical experience in the field. After you graduate, you will be equipped to serve as a counselor or case manager for social service and mental health agencies, churches, rape crisis centers, HIV-AIDS awareness groups, schools, and other organizations that help people. You also will be prepared to enter graduate school and be successful in programs in psychology, counseling, social work, law, medicine, ministry, and other fields.