Bachelor of Science: Psychology and Family Studies

General

Program Description

The study of Psychology prepares students to better understand the nature and causes of behavior, feelings, and thoughts, as well as effective techniques for maintaining psychological and social health. The Barclay College program in psychology offers students the opportunity to become acquainted with the principles of psychology in an environment which specifically encourages the critical evaluation of those principles in light of the Bible and God’s desire for man’s redemption and holiness.

The Barclay College Psychology and Family Studies major offers an emphasis in family systems, equipping the graduate for ministry to modern families. Graduates from the Barclay program will find themselves with an excellent foundation for careers in various ministries, social service institutions, or other occupations where psychological or interpersonal skills are particularly required or valuable. Upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree from Barclay College, students who are interested in pursuing the full range of possibilities for careers in Psychology will want to pursue graduate studies. A graduate degree opens the possibilities of a career in counseling centers, education, industry, and health agencies, or, at the doctoral level, opportunities ranging from private practice to teaching or research.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of the Psychology and Family Studies program, the student will meet the objectives of the Division of Arts and Sciences, as well as additional objectives particular to this major.

Division Objectives: students shall be able to

  • Articulate why for the Christian, all vocations to which God leads are calls to stewardship and ministry.
  • Explain how a Christian worldview impacts vocational attitudes, ethics, and meaning.
  • Articulate how biblical principles related to one’s chosen field integrate with or critique “secular” knowledge of the same field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct a biblically informed approach to their vocational field.
  • Demonstrate competence in their chosen field at a level appropriate for graduates of a baccalaureate program.

Specific Program Objectives: students shall be able to

  • Articulate the complimentary nature of biblical thought and the study of psychology.
  • Display a broad knowledge of the history and origins of psychological thought and practice.
  • Understand and be competent in basic psychological theory, technique, and practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to serve in ministry or career roles that emphasize interpersonal relationships and development.
  • Possess the skills and background knowledge required to enter graduate school to pursue further studies in psychology or other fields.
  • Meet the objectives of the Division of Bible and Ministry.
  • Meet the objectives of the Division of General Studies.
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At Barclay College we praise God for our students who are on a mission to not only gain an education, but to strengthen their Christ-centered, biblically based faith by learning the way of effective Christian living in service and leadership. Barclay College bases its existence in a rich history of evangelical Friends tradition. Barclay College is an evangelical Friends school which accepts and embraces persons with evangelical Christian beliefs from a variety of denominational backgrounds. The mission of Barclay College is to prepare students in a Bible-centered environment for effective Christian life, service and leadership. Barclay College is a Christian institution of higher education that challenges students to explore, understand, and acquire the skills necessary to respond to the call of God upon their lives. To help accomplish this, Barclay College strives for academic and spiritual excellence by providing an environment that encourages higher levels of inquiry and learning. Critical thinking, the exchange of ideas, and disciplined Bible-based study are emphasized to assist each student in developing a personalized Christian world view and equipping them to serve effectively in the areas of service in which they feel God's direction for their lives. Read less