Minor in Behavioral Health

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Health program is designed to help students learn and understand what constitutes psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being for individuals. Specialize by selecting one of two emphases counseling, and coaching. All students will learn to consistently practice integration of psychology and Christianity. Counseling students develop practical counseling skills to pursue advanced degrees or work in a variety of mental health organizations. Coaching students apply psychological principles and strategies to encourage personal growth in individuals. With an important emphasis of applying knowledge in an experiential setting, the program includes a credit-earning internship that reflects a minimum of 135 hours at an off-campus site.

Why Behavioral Health at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to student ratio of 17:1 and a rigorous and biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Behavioral Health program offers several unique advantages:

  • The behavioral health program at ACU is unique in its practicality, both clinical-based and biblically-integrated so graduates are equipped with hands-on counseling skills.
  • ACU’s graduates have successfully pursued occupations and graduate work in the behavioral health and medical fields for over 2 decades.
  • ACU’s program has adopted the five (5) major learning objectives recommended by the American Psychological Association.

What will I study?

The Behavioral Health program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas will include:

  • General Principles of Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Counseling Skills: Principles of Counseling, Cross-Cultural Counseling, Counseling Theories, Internship Experiences
  • Group Counseling and Principle of Coaching
  • Christian Integration in Practice

 

Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Arizona Christian University
Building 2000
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

  Phone:
(602) 386-4111

  Email:
[email protected]

Standalone Minor Courses

21 credits must be fulfilled to obtain a stand alone minor. Consult with your faculty advisor or enrollment management specialist regarding courses that best fulfill the minor requirements, and further your academic goals and interests. Courses are not listed in the order they should be taken. See Faculty Advisor for sequence.

CourseCourse NameCreditsPrerequisites
PSY 202General Psychology3
PSY 311Principles of Counseling3
PSY 312Human Development3
PSY 320Cross-Cultural Counseling3
PSY 322Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 430Group Counseling3
PSY 467Counseling Theories3
 

Checksheets

At Arizona Christian, we structure our programs to effectively prepare students to transform culture in their workplace. Our checksheets are annual guides that support students along the path toward graduation.

Standalone Minor

Faculty

Our professors are experts in their respective fields and passionate about the subjects they teach; they challenge, and stretch their students to reach their goals. Students are encouraged to think critically and analyze what they learn in the classroom thoroughly. These are some of the professors you will work closely with:

Benjamin Pundit, N.M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences

[email protected]

John Hinson, M.A.

Assistant Professor
Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences

[email protected]

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