Overview - Behavioral Sciences Department


Dr. David Cecil, Chair 

The Behavioral Sciences Department contains undergraduate programs in Psychology and Social Work.  Faculty expertise, skills and professional experience prepare students for a variety of careers and/or graduate study.  A commitment to the integration of faith and learning provides a rich environment for both personal and professional growth.

[Major and Minor requirements]



The Psychology Department presents psychology from Christian and scientific perspectives.  The program intentionally evaluates psychology from within Christian frameworks.  As we model in our academic program, we prepare and expect students to integrate psychology and their faith both professionally and personally.

Within this integrative approach, the Psychology program has established the following goals.

  1. The program will provide students with an overall knowledge of psychology, including, but not limited to, motivation, emotion, intelligence, health, social behavior, learning, physiological studies, sensation, perception, consciousness, development, memory, thinking, personality, psychological disorders, and psychotherapy.
  2. The program will prepare students for professions in the following areas (not exhaustive) – residential care, social and human services, management, marketing, sales, human resources, health-care related positions, corrections, etc. – and for professions requiring graduate study in the following areas (not exhaustive) – clinical or counseling psychology, experimental psychology, pastoral and Christian ministries, child or school counseling, forensic psychology, expressive (art or music) therapies, student development, medicine, nursing, legal professions, teaching, etc.
  3. In addition, reflecting the institutional purpose to develop the whole person, the program encourages all psychology majors to grow in their personal-social-spiritual development.
  4. Finally, the program provides students with an awareness of ethical problems in the application and acquisition of psychological knowledge and prepares and expects them to act ethically.

In addition, students may enrich their psychology major by adding one or more emphases.  Each of these emphases allows the students to tailor their psychology elective courses and nine of their general elective credit hours around their intrinsic and vocational interests.  The emphases include:

  • Clinical/Counseling Psychology Concentration – for students interested in psychology as applied in the assessment and treatment of psychological issues.
  • Christian Counseling/Psychology Concentration – for students interested in Christian models of counseling and/or in working in Christian settings.
  • Child Psychology Concentration – for students interested in psychology as applied in work with children and/or within the school system.
  • Forensic Psychology Concentration – for students interested in psychology as applied in the justice and correctional systems.
  • Biological Psychology Concentration – for students interested in the interrelationship between biological and psychological processes.
  • Social Psychology Concentration – for students interested in a more in-depth understanding of the interpersonal dynamics of behavior, culture, and mental life.
  • Student Development Psychology Concentration – for students interested in the application of psychology to understanding and working with college/university students.
  • Equine Facilitated Mental Health Concentration – for students interested in the application of psychology to mental health and therapy models that incorporate the utilization of horses.

Admission Requirements

For full admission into the psychology program, students are required to obtain signatures from instructors of PSY375 and PSY376 before being admitted to those classes.  Obtaining signatures is dependent upon successful completion of PSY101, PSY275, and PSY276 with a minimum grade of “C” in each class (if a student fails to achieve a grade of C in PSY101, students may either re-take the PSY101 class OR achieve a grade of 60% on the Asbury University General Knowledge of Psychology Test).

Psychology faculty meet annually in early January to review sophomore “applicants” for admission into PSY375 and PSY376 the following year (the scheduling of PSY101, PSY275, and PSY276 allows for students who do not initially achieve a “C” or higher an opportunity to take the class again prior to the spring of their junior year; when they would be expected to enroll in PSY375 and PSY376).




The mission of the Asbury University Undergraduate Social Work Program is to prepare graduates who are rooted in the liberal arts, the Christian and Wesleyan perspectives, social work values and ethics, and prepared for generalist social work practice as agents of change in a variety of settings.  The Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

NOTE: All undergraduate social work students are required to complete BIOLOGY (either BIO 100/101 or 201/203) as their choice of the various sciences listed under the Asbury University Core Requirements.  In addition, it is highly recommended that students take a wide variety of courses in the areas of anthropology, economics, recent American history, political science, psychology, and sociology.  Finally, all graduate MSW schools require applicants to have completed a satisfactory course in Statistics.  Therefore students are strongly encouraged to take PSY 315 “Statistics for Behavioral Science”.

In order to provide a quality, generalist social work education, the program’s faculty has established the following goals for beginning generalist practitioners through the curriculum’s knowledge, ethics, and practice with diverse populations.

  1. Provide the knowledge, values, skills, and ethics to serve diverse client systems of all sizes and types, integrating knowledge about how individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations grow, change, and function together within the context of their environment.
  2. Develop generalist social work practitioners who are both knowledgeable and understanding of diverse client systems of all sizes including; minorities of color and ethnicity, social and economic status, women, mentally and/or physically disabled, gay and lesbian populations, whether individuals, families, groups, or communities.
  3. Infuse throughout the curriculum social work values and ethics as stated in the NASW Code of Ethics to prepare graduates for professional practice.
  4. Prepare graduates who can think critically about knowledge, and practice, integrating social work history, values, research, skills in practice, and who value continuing learning and professional development throughout their careers.
  5. Develop practitioners who understand, integrate knowledge, and practice in evaluation of programs and client systems of all sizes.
  6. Develop practitioners who will use their knowledge and practice base to work as advocates and agents of change at all levels of service and organizations and with diverse cultural groups.

Admission Requirements

  1. Any student who wishes to enter the social work program will be impartially considered.  Students interested in the social work major should declare their interest by Spring semester of their Sophomore year or no later than the start of the Fall semester of their Junior year.  The assigned Social Work faculty advisor will then guide the student through the admission process.
  2. Application for admission to the Social Work program:  to begin the formal admission process the student completes the application materials found on the undergraduate social work web pages in the Behavioral Sciences Department.  The application is completed in consultation with the faculty advisor and submitted to the BSW Program Director's office.  Completion of the following criteria is necessary for admission to the program.

    a. Minimum GPA of 2.50 overall.

    b. Completion of the program application form.

    c. Applicants may be asked to obtain clearance from the Office of Student Development concerning moral, ethical, and social behavior acceptable to University community standards and the community at large.

    d. Recommendations by three persons familiar with the applicant.

    e. Recommendation from one non-social work faculty member.

    f. Interview by a minimum of two social work faculty.

    g. Recommendation by social work faculty.

  3. Students will be considered to be admitted to the social work program when they have completed the application process and have received a formal letter of acceptance from the Social Work Program Director.
  4. Continuance in the Social Work Program is not guaranteed.  Students must maintain an acceptable level of performance according to community, academic, and professional social work standards.  Reviews of student performance are held prior to SW 340 Field Practicum, prior to graduation, or other times as required.  Students are responsible for completing forms and scheduling performance reviews through their individual faculty advisors.  Probationary status may be assigned to students not meeting program criteria.  A student who is on probation will not be allowed to do field practicum until student is off probation.
  5. Continuance in the Social Work program includes meeting the following criteria:

    a. Maintain academic standing according to the academic progress scale of category two (2) under the academic progress scale listed under the policies section of the Asbury University Bulletin.

    b. Demonstrate personal and professional qualities consistent with working with people.  These qualities which will be assessed upon entry to the program, through references and interview, and prior to the first field practicum will include, but are not limited to:

    • value system consistent with the ethical standards of the social work profession.
    • sensitivity to needs of people.
    • self-awareness.
    • responsibility in class work, contributions to University and community life.



The Department of Behavioral Sciences also offers a Master of Social Work.  For information on that program see the MSW section.


2015-16 BULLETIN  8/24/2015