Develop the skills you need to counsel others in the spirit of Christ and take a step toward graduate studies in psychology or counseling.
Become equipped to enter a variety of service settings to positively affect the lives of those you serve. Through this versatile degree, you will learn various theories that explain normal human behavior, from birth to adulthood. You’ll also acquire real-world experience and professional connections in the central Florida area through internship experiences and faculty who are experts in their fields.
Our online psychology degree provides you with fundamentals in psychological and integrational principles and allows you incorporate your Christian faith into your work. You’ll be prepared to serve where human relations and counseling are essential functions, including various paraprofessional fields that require a psychology or behavioral science degree. The program acts as a stepping-stone toward a graduate degree in psychology or counseling and is applicable toward a variety of fields. In addition, you’ll acquire hands-on experience through supervised field experience and conducting and reporting empirical research in the field.
Through the challenging curriculum, you’ll explore topics including:
- Philosophical and scientific antecedents of modern psychology
- Historical roots of modern psychological theories
- Personality formation
- Cognitive, abnormal, social and physiological psychologies
- Human growth and development from the prenatal period through death
- Interdependency of cognitive, physical, personality and social aspects of development
- Theoretical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy
- Professional, ethical and legal issues related to practicing psychology
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Courses and Requirements
Our online psychology degree consists of 123 credits. General education courses make up 55 of the program’s credits. The psychology major core includes 50 credits, and an additional 18 credits of college level elective courses from any department are required.
The general education component of undergraduate degrees provides you with a basic understanding of a broad range of subjects. This supports the liberal arts emphasis of the university’s academic mission.
Required Courses (41 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PSYC 2133 Theories of Personality This course is an introduction to the study of personality formation. Major personality themes are critically examined. Students are introduced to the application of these theories in counseling and the treatment of mental illness. 3 PSYC 2343 Child and Adolescent Development This course studies human growth and development, focusing on the prenatal period, infancy, childhood and adolescence. Particular attention is given to the interdependency of physical, cognitive, personality, and social aspects of development. Major theories are critically examined with special attention to their differential application in the understanding of development and behavior. 3 PSYC 2353 Adult Development and Aging This course is a study of the different processes of development in early, middle, and late adulthood. Particular attention is given to the interdependency of physical, cognitive, personality, and social aspects of development. Topics will include theories of aging, normative and non-normative physical changes, intellectual changes, and role changes, as well as meaning in late life, death, and dying. 3 PSYC 2433 History and Systems of Psychology This course is a study of the philosophical and scientific antecedents of modern psychology and the history of psychology as an independent scientific discipline. The historical roots of modern psychological theories are explored, as are the various schools of psychology such as behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis, and phenomenological psychology. 3 PSYC 3003 Abnormal Psychology A study of the nature, causes, and treatment of abnormal behavior including personality disorders, neuroses, psychoses, stress reaction and other dysfunctions. Elements contributing to mental health and well-integrated personality are also considered. 3 PSYC 3043 Cognitive Psychology This course is an introduction to the study of cognitive psychology. Topics to be examined will include perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving and reasoning. Traditional views as well as current trends will be discussed. 3 PSYC 3052 Field Experience in Psychology This course provides students with practical experience in a mental health, social service, educational psychology, or related setting under the supervision of a qualified in-service supervisor and a college supervisor. Placement must be approved by the course instructor. 2 PSYC 3533 Introduction to Counseling This course is a study of various theoretical approaches to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy with normal and disturbed clients. Focus is on the psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioral, and phenomenological approaches. 3 PSYC 3633 Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues This course is an exploration of the development of professional self with emphasis on the changing ethical and legal context for practice. Approaches to counseling are explored with an emphasis on students' development of professional style. Students explore issues of professional and personal values and ethics, personality, values, and interests. 3 PSYC 3733 Social Psychology This course is a survey of theories of interpersonal behavior and group dynamics emphasizing the influence of groups and group membership upon individual behavior. Topics include aggression, attitudes, attribution, conformity, altruism, communication, propaganda, morale, and other aspects of interpersonal relationships. 3 PSYC 4033 Physiological Psychology This course is a study of the physiological components of behavior. Topics include structure and function of the nervous system; theory of brain functions; and current problems, theories, and techniques in physiological psychology. 3 MATH 2023 Probability and Statistics This course is an introduction to the concepts and methods of probability and statistics. The course is designed for students interested in the application of probability and statistics in business and other social sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, random variables and probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimating population parameters, testing hypothesis about population parameters, correlation and regression, and analysis of variances. 3 PSYC 4053 Research Methods The application of the scientific method of inquiry to theory and practice for the purpose of knowledge building and the development of best practice. The content of this course includes research design, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, systematic evaluation of practice and evaluation of theory. The focus is on the development of social research and practice with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities. 3 PSYC 4233 Experimental Psychology This course enables students to utilize the skills involved in conducting and reporting empirical research in psychology. These skills include defining variables, forming hypotheses, designing experiments with controls to test hypotheses, analyzing the data, and reporting findings following APA guidelines. 3
Psychology Electives (9 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PSYC 2143 Cultural Psychology This course provides students with an introduction to cross-cultural psychology including the theories and research methods associated with the field. The course examines the effect of culture on psychological processes, social interactions, and understandings of abnormality and wellness. The course includes self-evaluation as well as examination of other cultures. 3 PSYC 3103 Marital and Family Therapy The study of counseling approaches to family problems, including the family systems approach. Issue areas explored include communication, role expectations, and sexual dysfunction. Various counseling techniques related to marital maladjustment are explored. Principal approaches to conjoint marital therapy and family therapy are emphasized. 3 PSYC 4043 Diagnosis, Assessment and Case Management This course is an introduction to the skills needed for client diagnosis, assessment, and case management that are currently used in the helping professions. The course will focus on identifying pertinent information for preliminary assessment of a presenting problem, goal setting and contracting, monitoring for progress, and documenting sensitive client data. Topics will include individual psycho-social assessments, and family assessments. 3
Choose a total of 18 credits of any college-level elective courses.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$390 per credit hour||$47,970|
|Technology Fee||$100 per semester||$800|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$1,200|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated two to eight semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.Learn More
With our online psychology degree, you can pursue a number of careers within the field. An undergraduate degree in psychology prepares students for entering the workforce in a variety of settings and fields. Some students wishing to become therapists pursue graduate studies in mental health counseling, clinical social work, clinical psychology and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- Yes. Our online students are an extension of our community. You are welcome to visit campus, use our library or other amenities and attend campus events.
- Typically, you don’t have to take these exams. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
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