Psychology

Contact Information     
Richard Beck, Chair
ACU Box 28011
Abilene, Texas 79699-8011
Chambers Hall, Room 210

Phone: 325-674-2310
Fax: 325-674-6968
Email: psycinfo@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/psychology

Faculty
Stephen H. Allison, Professor
Richard Beck, Professor
John H. Casada, Associate Professor
Cherisse Flanagan, Instructor and Director ACU Psychology Clinic
Billy Jones, Professor
David McAnulty, Associate Professor
Robert McKelvain, Professor
Larry Norsworthy, Professor
T. Scott Perkins, Professor
Jennifer Shewmaker, Associate Professor
Rachel Team, Assistant Professor 

Major: Psychology (BS)

Minor: Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers the Bachelor of Science in psychology. A minor in psychology may be added to other majors.

The Master of Science degree is available in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, psychology and school psychology. See the Graduate School section of this catalog. 

Introduction
Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. Students have the opportunity to study fundamental principles of human development, learning, personality and physiological psychology. Students also learn concepts and skills in the application of psychology to industrial, clinical, counseling and other work settings.

The major in psychology is intended to prepare students to be effective in:

  • Understanding the history, theories, concepts and ideas of psychology and assessing those ideas in light of Christian faith;
  • Synthesizing knowledge, creativity and Christian commitment to fashion solutions to problems and take advantage of opportunities;
  • The fundamental helping skills that enhance opportunities for Christian service and will provide the foundation for further professional training;
  • Preparation for graduate and professional training.

Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

Bachelor of Science Degree (BS)   

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

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 PSYCHOLOGY (BS)   

BS: PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE PLAN (PSYC)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 

Psychology

    PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology 

    PSYC 232 Developmental Psychology  

    PSYC 233 Physiological Psychology  

    PSYC 241 Cognition and Learning 

    PSYC 351 Experimental Psychology   

    PSYC 368 Psychological Tests and Measurement  

    PSYC 370 Social Psychology  

    PSYC 382 Abnormal Psychology  

    PSYC 451 Statistics in Psychological Research  

    PSYC 485 Introduction to Counseling 

    PSYC 493 History of Theories in Psychology (writing-intensive course)  

    Psychology selections (PSYC 201, 301, 401, 278, 305, 311, 342, 372
           373, 374, 376, 388, 392, 471, 487, 499)  

Science

    BIOL 101 Biology: Human Perspective  

TOTAL   

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)1

3

3

3

4

3

3

3

3

4

 3

 9
 

 

(3)1

41

ELECTIVES  
Minimum   31
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 72
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA in major   

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

2.00

2.00

33

128

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Professional Career Track   
The Department of Psychology offers to highly-capable and motivated students the opportunity to participate in the Professional Career Track. The Professional Career Track includes intensive professional mentoring, special summer opportunities in psychological research, and a cross-cultural, international learning experience.

Minor in Psychology      

MINOR: PSYCHOLOGY  

General (PSGE)

    PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology  

    PSYC 382 Abnormal Psychology or

         PSYC 493 History of Theories in Psychology  

    PSYC 100-499  

    PSYC 300-499  

TOTAL  

Child Emphasis (PSCH)

    PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology  

    PSYC 232 Developmental Psychology   

    PSYC 374 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children  

    PSYC 392 Child Psychology  

    PSYC 493 History of Theories in Psychology   

    PSYC 373 or 376  

TOTAL  

Counseling Related (PSCO)

    PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology  

    PSYC 232 Developmental Psychology  

    PSYC 382 Abnormal Psychology  

    PSYC 388 Teams and Team Leadership  

    PSYC 485 Introduction to Counseling  

    PSYC 493 History of Theories in Psychology  

TOTAL  

Research Oriented (PSRE)

    PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology 

    PSYC 233 Physiological Psychology   

    PSYC 241 Cognition and Learning  

    PSYC 351 Experimental Psychology  

    PSYC 368 Psychological Tests and Measurement  

    PSYC 451 Statistics in Psychological Research  

    PSYC 493 History of Theories in Psychology 

TOTAL  

 

3

 

3

6

6

18

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

18

 

3

3

3

3

4

3

19

 

3

3

3

4

3

3

3

22

 

 Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Psychology include those with the following designation: PSYC.

 

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