Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2024-2025 
    Jul 13, 2024  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Psychology, B.A.

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Program Director: James Van Slyke, Ph.D.


The psychology major introduces students to the study of human behavior and mental processes, and prepares them for further study in the field. The major provides students with broad foundational training in psychology while challenging them to examine and understand human nature from scientific, religious, philosophical, physiological and sociocultural perspectives.

The psychology program strives to embody the values and vision articulated in the FPU Idea. Inherent in our aspiration is the desire to cultivate a community of learners in which the wisdom of our faculty and students is discerned, valued, nourished and expanded. Our students are rigorously trained in the methodological, theoretical and philosophical foundations of psychological science, from which they can explore its sub-disciplines in more applied contexts. Our students integrate their faith with psychology and, through fieldwork, research-based and/or practicum experiences, consider the role of psychology in the larger community and in cross-cultural settings.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the critical thinking, analytical writing, and abstract reasoning skills necessary for successful graduate school performance and professional effectiveness.
  2. Students shall demonstrate knowledge of the history of psychology and key concepts and theories of the psychological literature
  3. Students shall demonstrate precision of thought, the ability to formulate and analyze testable hypotheses, develop clear arguments, and express themselves concisely and effectively in written assignments and public presentations.
  4. Students will examine and critique how the scientific discipline of psychology and the Christian faith co-exist in a mutually illuminating relationship, in healthy tension and harmony with each other.
  5. Students will analyze their personal growth and identify development, coherently connecting knowledge of human nature with an emerging wisdom of family, community, culture, and ethics.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

Degree Pathways

Psychology, B.A. Four Year Pathway  

Psychology, B.A. ADT Pathway   

Required Courses (40-44 Units)

Foundation Courses (22-23 Units)

Breadth Courses (12-15 Units)

Students must take a minimum of four breadth courses: at least one each from the developmental, clinical and sociocultural categories.

Synthesis Courses (6 Units)

Select at least one of the following. If either PSY 397  or PSY 471  is chosen above, then another course must be used from the following list:

Select at least one of the following:

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