Bachelor’s Degree
in Psychology

A career in psychology is a great choice
if you are looking to impact the world around you.

Careers with a Psychology Degree

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts a promising job outlook for those entering this field. A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology is the place to start if you desire a career in any of these fields: 

  • Licensed psychologist
  • Biblical counselor and/or pastoral counselor
  • Substance abuse or mental health counselor
  • School counselor
  • Social worker
  • Human resources
  • Criminology and law enforcement
  • Journalism and marketing
  • Industrial/Organizational psychologist

 

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

The Psychology degree program at Welch College focuses on counseling from a biblical worldview in order to help you understand God’s intended purpose for mankind. Your studies will include a solid foundation in theological study and psychological theory from a Christian perspective which will help you minister to those in your church and community in need of assistance.

Whether you are looking to attend graduate school or go immediately into casework or administrative services, an undergraduate degree in psychology from Welch College is designed to meet the requirements for entrance into psychology-related graduate programs and meet professional organizational standards.

Psychology Degree
Sample Core Courses

PSY 2312. GROUP AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS – The class will focus on how individuals interact within a larger social context. Particular attention will be given to culture, subcultures, ethnicity, and their effect on the individual’s cognitions, emotions, and behavior.

PSY 2402. LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT – A survey of the biological and environmental factors influencing physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and language development from conception until death. Explores child, adolescent, and adult stages of life. Includes causes and results of interruption in or interference with the developmental and learning processes.

PSY 3204. PHYSIOLOGY OF BEHAVIOR – This course is designed to take an in-depth view of how behavior occurs physiologically. Particular attention is given to anatomical and chemical causes of behavior.

PSY/MIN 3601. CHRISTIAN COUNSELING – Acquaints the student with basic principles involved in Christian counseling, with attention to Biblical principles involved, the place of counseling in the local church, and problems facing the pastor and others as they attempt to help people through counseling. The student will develop an understanding of counseling philosophy, skills, and technique appropriate to a local church setting.

Major in Psychology

This program is constructed primarily to prepare students for graduate study, either in psychology or in related fields such as social work and counseling. The curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of university graduate programs and meet professional organizational standards.

Objectives of the program include those stated for the Theological Studies Major and for the Arts and Sciences Core. The graduate should also be able to:

(1) Articulate a personal theory of the integration of Christian truth and psychology;
(2) Develop an understanding of the spectrum of human thought, emotion, and behavior;
(3) Exhibit an understanding of how people relate to one another; and
(4) Demonstrate the methods by which psychologists gather and interpret new knowledge.

Requirements: 124 hours, with a 2.00 g.p.a. overall and in each segment of the degree.

(1) Theological Studies Major, 32 hours: 

BIB 1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies, 2
BIB 1250. Evangelism and Discipleship, 2
BIB 1011, 1031, 2032, 2062. Bible Survey, 10
IDS 1902, 3101, 4101. Christianity, Culture, and Worldview, 6 (for content purposes, these courses are shared with the A/S Core)
PHL 3602. Christian Philosophy, 3 (for content purposes, this is shared with the A/S core)
THE 3101. Christian Doctrines, 3
THE 3102. Christian Ethics, 3|
BIB elective, 3 (must be at the 4000 level) 

(2) Arts and Sciences Core, 41 hours: 

BIO 1001, 1011. Systems in Biological Science and Lab, 4
BUS 1150. Microcomputer Applications, 0
ENG 1111, 1122. Grammar and Composition I, II, 6
ENG 2111, 2122. Masterpieces of World Literature I, II, 6
HIS 1011, 1022. History of Western Civilization I, II, 6
IDS 1001, 2001. Leadership and Calling, 4
MAT 1101. College Algebra, 3
MUS 1002. Music Introduction and Appreciation, 3
PHE 2100. Lifetime Fitness and PHE activity elective, 3
SPE 1000. Fundamentals of Speech, 3
SSC 3101. Marriage and Family, 3

(3) Psychology Major, 38 hours:

MAT 3111. Introduction to Statistics and Probability, 3
PSY 2001. General Psychology, 3
PSY 2102. Educational Psychology, 2
PSY 2312. Social Psychology, 3
PSY 2402. Lifespan Development, 3
PSY 3204. Physiology of Behavior, 3
PSY 3601. Christian Counseling, 3
PSY 3801. The Exceptional Child, 3
PSY 4003. Abnormal Psychology, 3
PSY 4106. Personality Theory, 3
PSY 4206. History and Systems of Psychology, 3
PSY 4305. Psychological Assessment and Research, 3
PSY 4820. Psychology Practicum, 3

(4) Electives, 13

Major in Psychology (Pre-counseling Emphasis)

Requirements: 124 hours, with a 2.00 g.p.a. overall and in each segment of the degree.

(1) Theological Studies Major, 32 hours: 

BIB 1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies, 2
BIB 1250. Evangelism and Discipleship, 2
BIB 1011, 1031, 2032, 2062. Bible Survey, 10
IDS 1902, 3101, 4101. Christianity, Culture, and Worldview, 6 (for content purposes, these courses are shared with the A/S Core)
PHL 3602. Christian Philosophy, 3 (for content purposes, this is shared with the A/S core)
THE 3101. Christian Doctrines, 3
THE 3102. Christian Ethics, 3
BIB elective, 3 (must be at the 4000 level) 

(2) Arts and Sciences Core, 41 hours: 

BIO 1001, 1011. Systems in Biological Science and Lab, 4
BUS 1150. Microcomputer Applications, 0
ENG 1111, 1122. Grammar and Composition I, II, 6
ENG 2111, 2122. Masterpieces of World Literature I, II, 6
HIS 1011, 1022. History of Western Civilization I, II, 6
IDS 1001, 2001. Leadership and Calling, 4
MAT 1101. College Algebra, 3
MUS 1002. Music Introduction and Appreciation, 3
PHE 2100. Lifetime Fitness and PHE activity elective, 3
SPE 1000. Fundamentals of Speech, 3
SSC 3101. Marriage and Family, 3

(3) Psychology Major, 32 hours: 

MAT 3111. Introduction to Statistics and Probability, 3
PSY 2001. General Psychology, 3
PSY 2102. Educational Psychology, 2
PSY 2312. Social Psychology, 3
PSY 2402. Lifespan Development, 3
PSY 3204. Physiology of Behavior, 3
PSY 3601. Christian Counseling, 3
PSY 4106. Personality Theory, 3
PSY 4206. History and Systems of Psychology, 3
PSY 4305. Psychological Assessment and Research, 3
PSY 4820. Psychology Practicum, 3

(4) Pre-counseling Emphasis, 16 hours: 

PSY 3801. The Exceptional Child, 3
PSY 3813. The Exceptional Child Lab: Helping Families of Exceptional Children, 1
PSY 3907. Research Project in Psychology, 3
PSY 4003. Abnormal Psychology, 3
PSY 4405. Grief and Loss Counseling, 3
PSY 4806. Foundations of Counseling, 3 

(5) Electives, 3 hours: 

Minor in Psychology

Students may attach a Psychology Minor to any Welch College bachelor’s degree program. This program will prepare students minimally for graduate study in the psychology field. At least a master’s degree in the field is required for licensed service as a psychologist. The program is constructed to meet requirements for admission to a master’s program at most universities. The minor may not have more than one-third of the course-hours in common with the declared major. Program objectives will include those for the given major(s), as well as those stated for the Arts and Sciences Core. 

Requirements: 18 hours

PSY 2001. General Psychology, 3
PSY 2402. Lifespan Development, 3
PSY 3204. Physiology of Behavior, 3
PSY 3601. Christian Counseling, 3
PSY 4003. Abnormal Psychology, 3
PSY 4106. Personality Theory, 3

Contact Dr. Bracey
Email: sbracey@welch.edu
Phone:  615-675-5296

Meet Sarah Bracey Ph.D., LPC MHSP
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Program Coordinator, Psychology 

B.A., Ball State University, 2003
M.S., Lipscomb University, 2010
Ph.D., University of the Cumberlands, 2019
Adjunct Instructor, Welch College, 2015-19
Liaison for Enriched Adult Studies, 2017-19
Campus Counselor, 2017-
Program Coordinator, Psychology, 2018-
Faculty, Welch College, 2019-