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The Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Counseling Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Bible/theology and Counseling Psychology is a four-year program designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the Bible, and counseling theory and practice to equip them for effective counseling ministry and/or vocation. The program includes intensive study in three academic areas: Bible/theology, general education, and counseling psychology.

Program Director: Mr. Ben Mathew

Program Outcomes

In addition to meeting the Bible/Theology major outcomes, the student will:

  1. Distinctively Christian Integration: Develop the skills necessary to integrate a comprehensive knowledge of the Bible and major theological concepts with skills in psychological theory, methodology and technique.
  2. Knowledge of Theories: Be conversant with the major secular and Christian psychological theories and practices and be able to evaluate them from a sound Biblical and theological point of view.
  3. Knowledge of Problems and Delivery of Care: Be able to identify the issues and problems that people, groups, and communities face in life, for the purpose of treating and bringing help to those problems.
  4. Development of Counseling Skills: Develop competent counseling skills within a thoroughly-Biblical framework, including interviewing skills and communication skills in one-on-one and small group situations.
  5. Appreciation of Diversity in Counseling: Demonstrate awareness of multicultural, gender, and racial concerns in counseling relationships and how diverse populations respond differently to counseling.
  6. Knowledge of Abnormal Psychology: Demonstrate a basic understanding of psychopathology and the various treatments available.
  7. Professional Development: Understand the legal, ethical, ministerial, and professional issues in contemporary counseling ministry and/or practice.
  8. Personal Growth: Reflect on his or her own mental, spiritual, emotional, and relational growth to help strengthen his or her Christian character and develop a deep level of dedication to people, and to a ministry of helping them with their lives in a way that is honoring to God.
  9. Ministry and Vocational Opportunities: Be prepared for ministry or career roles within a variety of church, para-church, private, and governmental social services that require effective personal, emotional, and relational abilities.
  10. Preparation for Graduate Studies: Complete core courses in Counseling Psychology to pursue graduate work in mental health services or a related academic/professional field leading toward certification or licensure.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the freshman year at Emmaus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Prior to the sophomore year, make a declaration of intent to pursue the program in Bible/Theology and Counseling Psychology.
  3. At the beginning of the sophomore year, apply for entrance into the Counseling Psychology program. After the application has been received, the Counseling faculty will review it. Their decision will be delivered to the student by means of a formal letter.
  4. Pay all applicable fees for this program as determined by the Business office and published in the annual statement of fees.

Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Counseling Psychology Requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 128 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 64 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  5. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
  • Bible/Theology (42 credits)
    • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
    • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
    • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
    • Christian Life & Bible Study Methods (BT 110)
    • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
    • Hermeneutics (BT 250)
    • Theology 1 (BT 205)
    • Theology 2 (BT 210)
    • Theology 3 (BT 305)
    • Theology 4 (BT 310)
    • Applied Theology (BT 462)
    • Bible/Theology Electives
  • Counseling Psychology (44 credits)
    • Counseling Foundations (COU 121)
    • Marital and Family Therapy (COU 221)
    • Methods and Techniques of Counseling (COU 311)
    • Group Dynamics of Counseling (COU 321)
    • Multicultural Counseling Techniques (COU 322)
    • Crisis Intervention Counseling (COU 411)
    • Ethics and Issues of Counseling (COU 412)
    • Applied Integration (COU 421)
    • Addictive Behaviors (COU 422)
    • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 111)
    • Developmental Psychology (PSY 211)
    • Psychological Theories and Application 1 (PSY 212)
    • Psychological Theories and Application 2 (PSY 221)
    • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 311)
    • Counseling Psychology Elective
  • Intercultural Studies (3 credits)
    • Missions and Evangelism 1* (ICS 104)
  • Inter-Area Studies (5 credits)
    • Transitions Seminar (IAS 101)
    • Servant Leader Training (IAS 102/3-104/5)
    • Chapel Attendance (IAS 110)
  • Humanities (15 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
    • English Composition (ENG 101)
    • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
    • Introduction to Philosophy: Christian Worldview* (PH 106)
    • Humanities Elective
  • Social Sciences (12 credits)
    • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
    • Western Civilization (HIS 131/132) or American History (HIS 235/236)
    • Marriage and Family Life (SOC 109)
    • Social Science Elective
  • Natural Sciences (10 credits)
    • Introduction to Human Biology (SCI 241)
    • Introduction to Human Biology Lab (SCI 242)
    • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
       Introduction to Statistics (MAT 160) 

*meets Bible-Related requirement

Award: Bachelor of Science