Behavioral Sciences


Bachelors in Psychology

The psychology (PY) program has seven different options for students to choose from. All of our degrees are designed to prepare students for graduate school, as well as for dynamic careers at the undergraduate level for students who choose not to pursue graduate work or licensure.

The psychology program integrates research-based theories, skills and methods for counseling and psychology with the Christian worldview. This model of integration and application helps students understand the interconnections between academic, career, family, social and spiritual life.  All of our degrees help students understand the physical, emotional, social, and personal influences on thought and behavior. Our program also seeks to help people know more about themselves. Because we can’t really understand others until we understand ourselves.  Students have opportunities to study animal behavior as well as human behavior, with access to our live-animal lab for research and learning.

Students can choose from General/Clinical Psychology; Counseling Psychology; Industrial/Organizational (Business) Psychology; Sports Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Health and Rehabilitation Psychology; or Health and Rehabilitation with Pre-occupational Therapy emphasis.

A minor in psychology is also available for non-psychology majors.

Psychology Online

Five psychology degrees are currently available fully online with the other two available online to students with selected transfer credits.

We offer a generous transfer policy, and asynchronous courses allowing students a more flexible schedule to be able to work and attend college at the same time. For more information on our online psychology degrees, visit Faulkner Online.

Master of Science in Counseling

The purposes of the master of science degree in counseling are to provide a strong graduate program of equipping and training of professional counselors, to promote scholarly work, and to continue the growth and mission of Faulkner University. As a result, the M.S. degree trains and produces counselors of character, who are committed to moral excellence, individual freedoms and diversity, personal and social responsibility, and the pursuit of academic growth and development. Faulkner graduates are fully equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to promote the profession of counseling through service to others who seek their services.

The counseling program will prepare students to enter a variety of occupations in the counseling and mental health fields. The degree is developed to meet the state and national regulatory criteria leading to licensure and certification of professional counselors. Completion of the program does not guarantee licensure, and each state has different licensing requirements. Our curriculum addresses the educational and experiential needs of students as they learn to understand the process of development, counseling theory and integration of their faith in the counseling profession. These areas will be addressed through coursework, intensive clinical training, and practicum and internship experiences.

With the assistance of the faculty and staff in our department, we will strive to help our students meet the following goals:

  1. To acquire expertise in counseling and develop leadership and service abilities needed to help those who pursue counseling.
  2. To develop students of strong moral and ethical character with dispositions to understand and relate to the needs and concerns of those who seek their services.
  3. To provide a challenging educational experience that will encourage each student to understand their profession as a lifelong mission and to apply biblical principles of genuineness, empathy and integrity in their daily counseling sessions.
  4. To further develop and sharpen strategies and skills in counseling which will set them apart in their respective schools as professional counselors.
  5. To understand the importance of daily reflection in an effort to sharpen the skills of critical thinking and problem solving in becoming a competent professional.


Psychology Club

The Psychology [PSI] club is housed in the Behavioral Science department and is open to all psychology and counseling majors. It is an academic based club, but offers academic and service related social interactions among majors in Behavioral Sciences as well. The PSI club meets on a regular basis to accomplish the goals and purposes of the club and to encourage students to excel and contribute to their disciplines.

Specifically, the Psychology (PSI) club’s purposes are:

  1. To allow students, faculty, and professionals additional opportunities to network in the field of psychology and behavioral sciences.
  2. To serve as a means for keeping students abreast of new information including research, career issues, and other trends the field.
  3. To encourage participation in service to others in the community, University, and other avenues related to the field.
  4. To provide additional opportunities for growth and education including research opportunities, seminars, and other learning experiences in the field.
  5. To promote integration of biblical principles and Christian world-views applied to the behavioral science disciplines.

The PSI club is led by faculty advisors Ms. Jo Anne Waters and Dr. James C. Guy, and several elected student leaders.

For more information on Faulkner University’s PSY club, contact one of the department representatives.

Visit Faulkner’s Psychology Club Facebook page

Psi-Chi Honor Society

Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in PsychologyPsi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 with a mission to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. Students who major or minor in psychology at Faulkner and meet certain GPA, class rank, and other requirements are eligible to apply for lifetime membership in the honor society through the Faulkner Chapter. For more information, visit the Psi-Chi website at: http://www.psichi.org

Visit Faulkner’s Psi-Chi chapter Facebook page

Helpful Psychology Links

Links and resources related to Psychology and Counseling.