What will I learn with a Psychology and Family Studies Degree?

Psychology is the science of human behavior and mental processes. When you complete your degree, you will be able to

  • Integrate biblical Christianity and scientific psychology
  • Explain the origins and development of psychology
  • Demonstrate effective use of psychological theories
  • Form relationships that heal and encourage

Why should I come to Barclay College for a Psychology Degree?

Barclay’s program in Psychology and Family Studies provides an excellent foundation for entering into social work and/or continuing for your masters in clinical psychology, or a variety of other fields. Our emphasis on the family structure and dynamics will give you the tools to help heal and restore families.

What will a faith-based college offer me that is unique in this program?

Our program prioritizes integration of psychological research with our Christian worldview. We value both the Bible and science, which when considered together, gives us better insights into human behavior.

What can I do with a psychology degree?

Here are some of the opportunities you will have with your bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family Studies:

  • Social work case managers
  • Human resource managers
  • Mental health and substance abuse social workers
  • Medical and clinical laboratory technologists
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
  • Parole Officers
  • Occupational health and safety specialists
  • Recreational therapists
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Forensic Science Technicians
  • Military Careers

Expertise in this area can be applied to a wide variety of other fields, including education, business, information technology, and the law

If you’re interested in pursuing the full range of careers in Psychology, you’ll 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.

What is the career/job outlook?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment for psychologists will increase by 14% between 2018 and 2028, roughly double the rate of growth for the rest of the economy. BLS projects that the demand for marriage and family therapists will grow by an impressive 23% during that same span.

What are alums of the program doing?

Expect to be sought after by graduate schools and several employers.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science: Psychology and Family Studies

Bible and Ministry Requirements*: (must earn a 2.3 GPA; no more than one D grade allowed)

29 hrs

Bible Concentration:

20 hrs

BI205 Bible Study Methods

3

NT102 New Testament Survey

3

OT101 Old Testament Survey

3

TH300 Teachings of Friends

3

TH302 Doctrine of Holiness

2

OT Elective (OT252, 322, 333, or 351)

3

NT Elective (NT211, 241, 362, or 356)

3

Foundations for Ministry:

9 hrs

CM104 Personal Evangelism Seminar

1

MI208 Intercultural Ministry

3

SL101 Spiritual Formation I

3

WA101 Introduction to Worship

2

General Education Requirements:

33 hrs

Communication

9 hrs

EN100 College Writing

3

EN200 Research and Writing

3

SP200 Fundamentals of Speech

3

Humanities

11 hrs

HU309 Interdisciplinary Studies Elective

3

LI200 Introduction to Literature

3

PH100 Critical Thinking

2

PH205 Introduction to Philosophy

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

6 hrs

PY100 General Psychology

3

Social Science Elective

3

Science and Mathematics

7 hrs

Math Elective

3

Science Elective + Lab

4

Additional Requirements

23 hrs

BC199 Orientation for Success at BC

1

6 hours chosen from literature (LI), Juniors Global (JG), or social sciences

6

Unrestricted electives (students often fulfill these hours, partially or completely, through 1-hr courses, such as sports or music lessons)

16

Professional Ministry Courses: (must earn a 2.5 GPA; no D grades allowed)

39 hrs

MA478 Statistics

3

PY206 Developmental Psychology

3

PY242 Interpersonal Relations

3

PY331 Abnormal Psychology

3

PY333 Tests and Measurements

3

PY334 Theories of Personality

3

PY337 Integration of Psychology and Religion (3 hours)

3

PY342 Family Systems

3

PY381 Introduction to Family Therapy

3

PY404 Senior Forum (Spring)

3

PY405 Senior Forum (fall)

1

PY409 Practicum

2

PY412 Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

3

Choose one course from the following:

3

PY313 Culture and Psychology (3 hours)

PY341 Social Psychology (3 hours)

Additional Bible/Theology:

4 hrs

TH205 Basic Beliefs

2

TH304 Apologetics

2

The benefits of getting your psych degree at Barclay greatly outweigh the cost of staying up for hours reading and writing… and most importantly, after you graduate from Barclay, you’ll be more than ready for the master’s degree program.”

Tyree Singleton

Life Skills Trainier, Iroquois Center, Greensburg KS

2020, Psychology and Family Studies

Have questions about Psychology and Family Studies?

Keith White

Chair of Psychology and Family Studies

Ph.D. University of Kansas
M.R.E. Nazarene Theological Seminary
B.A. Barclay College

Career Outlook

* According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

+14%

Projected employment increase for psychologist*
Between 2018 and 2028

+23%

Higher demand for marriage and family therapists*
Between 2018 and 2028

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