School of Psychology and Counseling
The School of Psychology and Counseling offers six degrees:
B.S. in Psychology (Day Program)
B.S. in Human Services (GOAL Program)
Boiling Springs, NC
B.S. in Psychology
B.S. in Human Services (GOAL)*
M.A. in School Counseling
M.A. in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
M.A./Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling
M.Div./M.A./Ed.S. in Divinity and Mental Health Counseling
*The courses for the GOAL B.S. in Human Services are also offered in Burke, Gaston, McDowell, Montgomery, Richmond, Surry, and Wilkes Counties; at Mayland Community College, at Isothermal Community College; and in Charlotte, Hickory, Statesville, and Winston-Salem.
The School of Psychology and Counseling is in full accord with the mission statement of Gardner-Webb University which states, “To provide learning of distinction in the liberal arts and professional studies within a caring community based on Christian principles and values.” By its nature, the discipline of Psychology encourages critical thinking, the awareness of individual differences, and the importance of lifelong learning.
- KNOWLEDGE BASE OF PSYCHOLOGY – Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, philosophical foundations, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY – Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN PSYCHOLOGY – Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
- APPLICATION OF PSYCHOLOGY – Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
- VALUES IN PSYCHOLOGY – Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinning of psychology as a discipline.
- INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY LITERACY – Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
- COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
- SOCIOCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS – Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity as well as the dignity and complexity of persons.
- PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT – Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
- CAREER PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT –Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.