Department of Psychology and Sociology - Mission & Vision | Judson University Christian College

Objectives and Goals

The social sciences aim to explain individual and group behavior and include the disciplines of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Studying the social sciences develops the capacity for critical and analytical thinking about human behavior, community dynamics and social policies in terms of cultural and cross-cultural contexts. Those who study the social sciences often go on to careers in social work, social/human services, student development, the legal professions, human resources and the professional pastorate.

At Judson University, students can major in Psychology, Sociology, Intercultural Studies, or History and/or participate in such Programs as Human Services, Pre-Law and Cross-Cultural Studies. The Division of Social Sciences strives to :

  • Prepare students who are interested in careers in which they can apply an understanding of human behavior.
  • Prepare students for graduate study.
  • Model and encourage academic excellence and integration of Christian faith and the social sciences.
  • Model and encourage a global perspective for understanding human behavior

Psychology Objectives 

  • 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.
  • Prepare students for graduate study and/or entry-level work in the social services.
  • Prepare students 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.

Sociology Objectives 

  • 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 "World Christian" 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.

Laura (Wood) Gumbiner - Spotlight

Laura Gumbiner

Laura (Wood) Gumbiner

"There is more time, and there are more friends, in college - take advantage of that! My years at Judson were formative and priceless, though I wish I had done more while there. Gain as many experiences as you can, including in your field of choice, and connect/collaborate with as many people as you can. Those experiences and connections will transform you and set you up for great things in the future."

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