BACHELORS OF ARTS IN COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY
PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM
The Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology (BACP) is designed to prepare the student for transformational counseling ministry or service through the integration of academic coursework and applied studies. The degree may be completed fully online or combined to include online coursework, hybrid courses, or resident courses. The program requires courses in the following areas: Orientation (5 hours), General Education (60 hours), Bible and Theology (25 hours), Psychology and Counseling (65 hours) and electives (25 hours). The electives may be used to create a degree emphasis in an area of the student’s choice. The program is for the following:
- Christian workers in positions where an undergraduate degree will allow a potential Christian lay counseling in a church or parachurch organization;
- Those who wish to gain further knowledge in areas of general education, biblical and theological studies, and counseling and psychology;
- Those who desire to apply for future admission to a graduate program in the area of psychology/counseling or other fields;
- Those who desire may use these courses for some organizations to seek bachelor’s level certification in pastoral or biblical counseling.
The degree calls for students who demonstrate a potential for ministry, a faithful commitment to the Word of God, a heart for Christian service, and the personal discipline necessary to complete degree requirements. The academic prerequisite for this degree program is a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must sign that they have read and are in agreement with the Doctrinal Statement and will uphold it, and that they will abide by the Biblical Code of Conduct, Academic Code of Honor, Drug and Alcohol Policy, Payment Policy, and all other academic and financial policies. Additional requirements begin on page 51.
- Acquire an understanding of basic liberal arts knowledge through selected general education courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences;
- Acquire an understanding of core biblical and theological disciplines;
- Acquire an understanding of basic psychology and counseling principles and practice;
- Grow in the ability to serve others through Christian lay counseling to aid pastoral counseling.