Bachelor of Science, Counseling Psychology
Psychology is one of the most popular college majors that can lead to a satisfying career in many different fields. A bachelor’s degree in psychology can prepare a person for a variety of psychology careers, and can also prepare one for higher professional degrees such as: masters, or doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, school psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, general/experimental psychology, law, or medicine.
2013 statistics (Bureau of Labor Statistics) reveal occupational & employment wages for clinical, counseling and school psychologists with a mean annual wage of $72,710.00. Annual wages ranged from $39,020-$112,380.00. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of psychologists is projected to grow 12% from 2012 to 2022. Job prospects are best for those obtaining doctoral degrees. One of the fastest growing careers in the field is Industrial/Organizational Psychologists.
KCU psychology students graduate with 120 hours in general education, Bible courses, and Counseling Psychology courses. KCU Counseling Psychology students complete a 400 hour internship in a human service organization which will provide a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to apply classroom learning in the real world human service situations in multi-cultural settings.
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Students who choose Social Work as a major are interested in working with meeting the needs of hurting people and empowering them to improve their lives. The program’s integration of Christ’s teaching into a traditional BSW curriculum allows students to learn how to effectively minister to the hurting within professional boundaries. In the junior year, students participate in a 40 hour lab experience in an agency setting, and in the senior year, students complete a 420 hour practicum experience in an agency setting.
Fields of practice include: Aging, Alcohol / Substance Abuse, Children and Youth, Adoption, Foster Care, Residential Care, In-home support, Child or Adult Protective Services, Crisis Services, Domestic Violence Prevention and Services, Youth Services, Community Organization/Planning/ Development, Corrections/ Criminal Justice, Disabilities (Physical / Mental), Family Services, Family Counseling/Life Education/Family Planning, International work, Income Maintenance, Public Assistance, Social Insurances, Medical and Health Care, Mental Health: Inpatient and Outpatient Services, and Private Practice, Occupational Social Work, School Social Work, and Veterans Services.
A KCU Bachelor of Social Work graduate is eligible to take the Bachelor of Social Work licensure in any state in which it is offered. Graduates from a CSWE accredited baccalaureate program are eligible to apply for advanced standing in Master of Social Work (MSW) programs, reducing the length of time to complete the MSW.
The minor in Counseling Psychology allows a student to gain 18 hours of study including: Developmental Psychology, Christian Counseling, Techniques of Counseling, Abnormal Psychology, Special Topics. Students may choose one of the following 3 courses: Marriage and Family, Group, or Addictions. This would be helpful for students who have chosen another major but who may be interested in this area of study.
Child and Family Studies
The minor in Child and Family Studies allows a student to gain 18 hours of study including: Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Techniques, Marriage and Family, System Theory/Conflict Resolution. This would be helpful for students who want to gain more knowledge about Children and families.