Psychology at HPU
What is Psychology?
Psychology is a multifaceted discipline that seeks to better understand human nature through the scientific study of the internal and external forces that drive behavior.
Why pursue a psychology degree through this department?
This degree plan will provide students with opportunities to: (1) explore the foundational content domains of psychology, (2) develop their skills in conducting and evaluating psychological research, and (3) learn how to evaluate the important theories and presuppositions in psychology from a Christian worldview.
What is this program's goal and objective?
The purpose of this program is to provide a comprehensive training program for students. In furtherance of that goal, the Psychology Department has chosen academic requirements that would support the needs of students wanting to pursue graduate training in psychology, counseling, and other related fields of study. In addition, the psychology major may function as a solid liberal arts degree for students wishing to pursue graduate or professional training in other fields such as medicine, law, theology, business, and education. The psychology degree may be chosen by students who plan to enter the job market following the completion of their bachelor’s degree.
What are the core classes for this program's degree plan?
The following classes are the core of the psychology major:
- Professional Development in Psychology and Family Studies
- Introduction to Behavioral Science Research & Writing
- Statistics for the Social Sciences
- Abnormal Psychology
- Lifespan Development
- Experimental Psychology
What are the areas of emphasis in this program?
There are several areas of emphasis within this degree program:
- General Psychology
- Counseling/Clinical Psychology
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology
- Applied/Experimental Psychology
For more information, the HPU Catalog will provide a breakdown of the courses needed for each area of emphasis.
What electives are available through this program?
This program offers a variety of courses! The following courses are a select few of what this program has to offer:
- Individual & Family Stress Management
- Human Sexuality
- Group Dynamics
- Integration of Psychology & Christianity
- Human Diversity
- Death and Dying