Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Counseling

Degree Overview

One of the new degrees in Leavell College is the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Counseling (BAPC). Students who earn this degree position themselves well for a smooth transition into the graduate counseling programs offered by NOBTS. This degree requires 121 semester hours to complete. The student will complete a 30-hour General Education core and a 37-hour Christian Foundation core. The 24-hour major consists of courses in both counseling and psychology, providing the student with a balanced approach to a counseling ministry. The student will choose one minor with this degree and will have 12 hours of free electives.

The minors from which a student may select for more in-depth study are

  • Biblical Studies

  • Biblical Languages

  • Church Mentoring

  • Church Ministry

  • General Education

  • Music and Worship

  • Psychology and Counseling

A Biblical Studies minor allows the student to pursue a more detailed study of the biblical text. The Biblical Languages minor provides in-depth study in teh biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew. The Church Ministry minor is a general minor for those who desire to continue the preparation of a broad based education without committing to a specific ministry at this time.

A General Education minor is for those who have 18 hours of concentrated study in specified areas at other accredited institutions. This minor consists only of hours transferred from other educational institutions. Students should consult their advisor concerning this minor. The Church Mentoring Minor allows the student to engage in a mentoring relationship with a qualified mentor, discuss current works relating to ministry, and actively participate in ministry while under the supervision of a mentor. A minor in Music and Worship provides the student with basic training in music ministry. The Psychology and Counseling minor is designed to prepare students for further work in the area of counseling at the graduate level. Dr. Thomas Strong, Dean of Leavell College, provides oversight for these degrees. He may be contacted for additional information at tstrong@nobts.edu.

BAPC Program Goals

  1. Train students to interpret and communicate the Bible accurately. (Biblical Interpretation)

  2. Prepare students to serve, lead, and equip churches through pastoral, worship, and educational ministries. (Service and Leadership)

  3. Train students to interpret and communicate theological and historical truth accurately. (Historical and Theological)

  4. Equip students with the necessary General Education to prepare them for ministry in the local church. (General Education)

BAPC Student Learning Outcomes

  1. The graduate will interpret and communicate the Bible accurately.

  2. The graduate will demonstrate the ability to serve, lead, and equip churches through pastoral, worship, and educational ministries.

  3. The graduate will interpret and communicate theological and historical truth accurately.

  4. The graduate will demonstrate the necessary General Education to prepare him or her for ministry in the local church.

Psychology and Counseling Major (24 hours)

COURSE

HOURS

Required
Introduction to Psychology
Ministry Through Life Crises
Abnormal Psychology
Social Problems
Theological Implications of Mental Illness

15

Psychology/Counseling Electives

Psychology Focus:
Choose at least one of the following:
Health Psychology
Organizational Psychology
Psychology of Religion

Counseling Focus:
Choose at least one of the following:
Human Development
Contemporary Approaches to Marriage and Family Counseling
Complex Developmental Trauma
Special Topics in Psychology/Counseling

09