Department of Psychology and Sociology - Majors & Minors | Judson University Christian College

Majors & Minors

Psychology Major

Sociology Major

Psychology

Students in Psychology at Judson University will have the opportunity to:

  • Articulate and use the clinical and research methods used to study behavior, emotion, and thought, rather than the uncritical acceptance of intuitive feelings or personal experience as ways of knowing.
  • Apply and critically evaluate the ideas, theories and research findings within psychology.
  • Develop and practice oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Be prepared for graduate study and/or entry-level work in the social services.
  • Be prepared for professions, other than psychology and the social services, that require an understanding of human behavior.
  • Learn to integrate psychology theories and research findings with the Christian faith, both professionally and personally.

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Sociology

Students studying Sociology at Judson University will have the opportunity to:

  • Embrace both academic excellence and a social perspective for understanding human behavior.
  • Develop an understanding of the use of research methods for studying social behavior at a variety of levels beyond the uncritical acceptance of personal experience or common sense as ways of knowing.
  • Be introduced to the ideas, theories and research findings within sociology which they will learn to analyze, apply, and critically evaluate, and about which they will write effectively.
  • Prepare for graduate study, entry-level work in the social services, and other careers with basic skills in which they can apply an understanding of human behavior.
  • Integrate sociological theories and research findings with the Christian faith, both professionally and personally.
  • Develop a "Christian World" perspective with an ability to work in diverse or cross-cultural settings both inside the US and abroad, along with understanding how one's life and ministries fit into world missions.

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Criminal Justice

Are you interested in a career in law enforcement, probation, corrections, profiling, crime prevention, forensics and other related professions? You can major in either psychology or sociology with a concentration in criminal justice.

Hands-on experience is a key element of our criminal justice program. Students get hands-on experience through internships in local police departments. Our professors teach on the basis of their hands-on experience because they have spent decades working as police officers and bring that knowledge directly into the classroom.

Linking the criminal justice concentration with a sociology or psychology major develops interpersonal and critical thinking skills that facilitate employment. Additionally, graduates are prepared for employment in many areas besides criminal justice.

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