About the Department
Azusa Pacific's Department of Psychology is an energetic community of scholars equipping students to understand the field of psychology through academically rigorous coursework, hands on laboratory research, internships with community agencies, and individual research projects. These experiences prepare students to be competitive in today’s top graduate school programs. Students in the Department of Psychology benefit from the expertise and diversity of the faculty who provide them with a well-rounded experience to serve and make a global impact. The faculty also seize every opportunity to foster the spiritual development of every student through intentional faith integration and pastoral care.
A bachelor's degree in psychology qualifies graduates for entry-level positions in mental health and community service agencies or human resources. More advanced work may require a minimum of a master's degree.
For graduate psychology programs, please see the Department of Graduate Psychology.
Students who successfully complete the programs in the Department of Psychology are able to do the following:
- Articulate their personal values, interests, and abilities.
- Articulate an understanding of cultural and global perspectives of self and others.
- Articulate their career and life goals.
- Demonstrate an ability to integrate psychology and Christianity.
- Articulate how their faith influences their contribution to the communities in which they serve and live.
- Demonstrate respect for the diversity of human behavior and experience.
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrate the skills to pursue a variety of post baccalaureate alternatives, including employment and graduate or professional school.
- Engage in services to meet human needs.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the methods, theories, and concepts upon which the discipline of psychology is based.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical practice of scientific inquiry in the field of psychology.
- Demonstrate knowledge of normal and abnormal human processes including learning, cognition, growth, development, personality, and cultural and religious identity.
- Demonstrate skill in conducting research in psychology including statistics and research methodologies.
- Demonstrate skills related to accessing, obtaining, and understanding the current literature in the field of psychology.
- Speak and write effectively in the discourse of the discipline in order to communicate effectively with others in the field.