School of Social Sciences & Education
The mission of the psychology major at Milligan College is related to the objectives of the college. Students who pursue the study of psychology are challenged to display sound scholarship in the field through their reading and analyzing sources within the realm of psychology. The students should be familiar with and able to communicate their familiarity and analyses clearly and effectively. The students should be able to use this knowledge base in psychology to appreciate the areas of the Lord’s creation and to understand the inter-relatedness of all learning. Students of psychology should display a sense of ministry through their knowledge of psychology and a willingness to use their knowledge in service and ministry to others.
The specific outcomes of the psychology major are:
- Knowledge Base in Psychology: Students demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings in psychology, and learn basic skills and concepts in interpreting behavior.
- Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: Students use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena, demonstrate psychology information literacy, and interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research.
- Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World: Students incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry, apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice, and adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels.
- Communication: Students engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving, demonstrate effective writing and effective presentation skills for different purposes, and interact effectively with others.
- Professional Development: Students develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.
(All outcomes adapted from APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, 2013, pp. 15-16).
The psychology curriculum emphasizes the principles and applications of substantive psychological knowledge both as a natural science and as a social science. The major and minor provide a broad background in psychology and offer students the opportunities, if desired, to pursue specialization in an interest area.
The field of psychology has been undergoing rapid change. New professional opportunities are constantly evolving. In response to this change, students may choose one of two concentrations to fulfill the requirements for a degree in psychology. The general psychology concentration offers flexibility while also ensuring that students have a broad understanding of the field and its applications. Students who plan to pursue teaching licensure or careers in areas other than psychology (e.g., youth ministry) may find this concentration appealing.
The pre-professional concentration is designed to prepare students for post-graduate education in psychology or related fields (e.g., occupational therapy). Students who pursue this concentration are required to demonstrate proficiency in research by completing an independent research project. In addition, students choosing the pre-professional concentration will learn about the available careers in psychology and the kinds of graduate programs available. This is accomplished through both a specific course (PSYC 200) and the requirement of an internship. Students are strongly encouraged to talk with their adviser before selecting either of the two concentrations.
What can I do with a degree in Psychology?
To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if applicable), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree as described in the Catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.