Practice of psychology relates to daily life,
education, work, and the treatment of mental health problems.
Southwest Baptist University, psychology is a scientifically based discipline
that explores behavioral and mental processes of individuals. It seeks to
increase the respect and appreciation for self and others. The major reflects
a strong tendency toward theory and a counseling-based curriculum.
The SBU Advantage
- Professors have real-world experiences that are
brought into the classroom.
- Classes are taught through the lens of a
- Students learn how to work with people, making
practically any career choice viable.
engage in discussion of current topics, applications to real situations and
exploration of the connection between a Christian worldview and the human
A Psychology degree is
available as either a Bachelor of Arts of Bachelor of Science. The B.A. degree
requires two semesters of a foreign language and 36 hours in psychology. The
B.S. requires 36 hours in psychology plus 8-9 hours of upper-level sociology,
or 8-9 hours of upper level natural science; OR (2) Complete the requirements
for a minor within the department OR (3) Complete the requirements for a
second major as listed in the catalog. Note: The approved second major from
this department would be either Sociology or Criminal Justice.
Clubs and Organizations
- Psi Chi is a national honor society for students
of psychology who excel in scholarship, display high standards of personal
behavior, and seek to advance the science of psychology.
- The Behavioral
Science Club provides for the unity of those interested in all of the
Available private scholarships
include the Rose E. Ray, Joe B. Shelton, Sara McGaha and Autry Brown
Internships are elective
options and are worked out between the student and the placement site. Contact
the department chair if interested.
Possible career options include psychologist, counselor, social service
worker, child care worker and graduate school.
- PSY 1013 General Psychology
- A "life-oriented" course including physiological backgrounds of
behavior, development, motivation, emotion, intelligence,
personality, adjustment and social psychology.
- PSY 2063 Systems of Psychology
- Major concepts of various systems of psychological thought in
current and historical perspective.
- PSY 2233 Introduction to Research
- This course will provide students with an overview of the
various research methods in the behavioral sciences. Specific
attention will be given to the different methods of assessment,
evaluation, and research inquiry found in the fields of psychology,
sociology, and social work.
- PSY 3033 Abnormal Psychology
- Major psychoses, psychoneuroses, sexual adjustment and an
analysis of childhood background which leads to mental breakdowns,
phobias, compulsions and hysteria.
- PSY 3063 Human Growth and Development
- A "Life-Span" study of human growth and developmental processes
including physiological, psychological and sociological influences
- PSY 3243 Elementary Statistics
- Measurement, averages, variability percentile rank, normal
curve, correlation, chi-square and probability related to the
- PSY 2001 Sophomore Seminar
- This is a topical course emphasizing the content of the majors
in behavioral sciences and the APA (American Psychological
Association) style of writing.
- PSY 3001 Junior Seminar
- This is a topical course emphasizing the career opportunities
for behavioral science majors and graduate school preparation.
- PSY 4001 Senior Seminar
- This a topical course for behavioral sciences majors, which
emphasizes professional development and ethics of the profession and
also serves as a cap-stone course for the purposes of integration
Six hours of psychology electives.
Choose one course from each of the following areas:
- PSY 3073 Social Psychology
- Social behavior of individuals and the major processes of social
interaction, social influence, group structure, the individual and
the system and socialization.
- PSY 3093 Psychology of Learning
- Survey of the field of learning in terms of historical
backgrounds, acquisition, retention, forgetting, transfer and
motivation. A brief introduction to the various theories and systems
of learning is included.
- PSY 4023 Psychology of Personality
- Factors and conditions relating to personality structure and
dynamics, defense mechanisms and a critical examination of the
theories of personality.
- PSY 4223 Psychological Testing
- Survey of the field of psychological testing with emphasis on
types of tests, validity and reliability.
- PSY 4233 Research Design and Methods
- Intensive analysis of experimental designs and methods of
research including measurement issues, ethical considerations,
sampling techniques, data-gathering techniques, data analysis and
interpretation, presentations and reporting of results.
- PSY 4263 Physiological Psychology
- An introduction to the biological/physiological basis for human
behavior. The structure and the function of the nervous system,
neuropsychological methods, sensation, emotional responses,
learning, memory and psychopathology will be covered.
- PSY 3003 Human Sexuality
- A course designed to provide the student with frank, factual
information about the many aspects of sex; to help enable the
student to see sex as a natural, integral, God-ordained component of
marriage; and to dispel common myths and misconceptions about sex.
- PSY 3013 Relationships
- A personal application course designed to introduce healthy
relational principles through self-exploration of interpersonal
needs, dynamics, and relating skills.
- PSY 3313 Introduction to Counseling
- An introduction to counseling theory, methods and techniques,
including a study of client-counselor encounters, stages of
counseling and the counseling interview.
- PSY 3393 Introduction to Sports Psychology
- An introduction to the field of sports psychology and
performance enhancement. This course will cover sport and exercise
psychology as well as techniques used in the field. This course will
prepare the student for any graduate program that is in the area of
- PSY 4093 Behavior Modification
- A course oriented to the rationale and theoretical basis of
behavior modification and its clinical use in a clinical therapy
setting. Specific principles and techniques will be discussed.
- PSY 4333 Child Abuse and Neglect
- A study of child abuse and neglect with consideration given to
causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention. A special section is
included dealing with the treatment of adult survivors of child
- PSY 4373 Being Human and Addicted
- A study of the effects of drugs on the human being, issues of
physiology, psychology, sociology and religion will be addressed as
they relate to chemical dependency. An overview of treatment methods
and therapy will be included.
- PSY 2023 Psychology of Adjustment
- A psychology of adjustment course focusing on areas affecting
mental health (i.e., stress, personality, relationships). Emphasis
on class involvement and personal application.
- PSY 3053 Child Development
- A study of the operation of normal psychological and
developmental processes in the lives of children from birth to
- PSY 3083 Psychological and Sociological Implications of Cognitive
- Definition, diagnosis, classification, perceptual and conceptual
evaluation. Multi-disciplinary approach to cognitive impairments.
Three hours credit in either psychology or sociology (not both). Two
lectures, one laboratory each week.
- PSY 4033 Adolescent Development
- A study of the development processes of the adolescent,
beginning at puberty and continuing through late adolescence.
- PSY 4053 Dealing with Death and Dying
- An examination of how society and its institutions, the
individual and survivors view and are affected by the process of
dying and death. Guidelines are provided to enable the students to
aid others and themselves in dealing with death and dying.