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Psychology and Sociology

Faculty

Robert Currie Chair - Department of Psychology and Sociology

Robert Currie, Timothy Johnson, Rachel Shannon, Teri Stein, Marsha Vaughn 

Department Goals and Objectives

Goals

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.

Objectives

The Department of Psychology and Sociology strives to :

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

Psychology Major

Objectives

Students will:

  1. 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.
  2. Apply and critically evaluate the ideas, theories and research findings within psychology.
  3. Develop and practice oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  4. Prepare for graduate study and/or entry-level work in the social services.
  5. Prepare for professions other than psychology and the social services that require an understanding of human behavior.
  6. Learn to integrate psychology theories and research findings with the Christian faith, both professionally and personally.

Psychology Major Optional Concentrations

  • Child and Family Studies Concentration
    • Goals:
      • 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
    • Goals:
      • 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
    • Goals:
      • 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
    • Goals:
      • 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.
    • Objectives:
      • 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

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