Psychology and Sociology
Robert Currie Chair - Department of Psychology and Sociology
Robert Currie, Timothy Johnson, Rachel Shannon, Teri Stein, Marsha Vaughn
Department Goals and Objectives
The Psychology and Sociology department aims to explain individual and group behavior. 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 psychology and sociology often go on to careers in social work, social/human services and the professional pastorate.
The Department of Psychology and Sociology strives to :
- Prepare students who are interested in careers in which they can apply an under- standing 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
- 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 for graduate study and/or entry-level work in the social services.
- Prepare 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.
The Sociology major is designed to help student better comprehend the social influences that impact human behavior, interpersonal relationships, group interaction, organizational behavior, and society. Students are exposed to concepts, principles, and theories focusing on these various levels of social life. The study of sociology also develops the capacity for critical and analytical thinking about human behavior, community dynamics and social policies. As they study, students also consider a Christian perspective on human nature, relationships, and the world as a system. All of these elements together enable students to see how God views such social issues as inequality, race relationships, homelessness, and family relationships. Equipped with their understanding of social influences, students are also encouraged to become involved in the church and the community as a lifestyle to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. The comprehensive curriculum will help prepare students to work in a variety of settings whether social/human services, community action, ministry and governmental organizations as well as empower them for further graduate work.
- Model and encourage 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 commonsense as ways of knowing.
- Be introduced 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.
Psychology and Sociology Major Concentrations
- Child and Family Studies Concentration
- The Child and Family Studies concentration is designed for students interested in graduate work in marriage and family therapy or working in a non-profit setting with children and/or families.
- Criminal Justice Concentration
- Additional Objectives:
- Articulate Psychological theory and research related to working with at-risk populations.
- Understand the application of psychology to the legal systems and public policy.
- Prepare for advanced study in law, criminal justice, or forensic psychology.
- Pre Clinical/Counseling Concentration (Psychology Major Only)
- The Pre-Clinical/Counseling concentration is designed for students interested in graduate work in counseling or clinical psychology or entry-level mental health.
- Pre-Social Services Concentration
- The Pre-Social Services concentration is designed for students interested in graduate work in social work or working in non-profit/human services settings.
Psychology and Sociology Department Minors
- Family Studies Minor
- The field of family studies is interdisciplinary in nature and the minor at Judson is designed to reflect that interdisciplinary character. As such, the minor consists of course work in psychology, sociology, history, and literature. In these courses, students will have the opportunity to learn about (1) individual and family development across the life span, and (2) the social and historical content within which human development and behavior occurs. The field of family studies is also an applied discipline and the minor reflects that character as well. Students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience working with families through a practicum. While the minor is a good complement to any major, the minor is ideal for students pursuing professional careers in health and human services, public and nonprofit agencies, businesses, churches and para-church ministries. It is also excellent preparation to graduate study in professional ministry, marriage and family therapy, social work and counseling.
- To understand both individual and family development over the lifespan;
- To understand the influence of race, ethnicity, and gender roles on family relationships; and
- To understand how the structure and process of family relationships have varied across history.
- Psychology Minor
- Sociology Minor