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Behavioral Studies

Communication
With a major in communication, students identify and develop their God-given skills and where they fit in the current (and future) job market. Communication majors also gain an understanding of the theory and reasoning behind communication while building a solid foundation of skills in writing, production, technology, and presentation. With the growth of the Internet and social media, communication skills are in demand more than ever—and are more necessary. Communication graduates are ready to face any career challenges.

Major Mission and Outcomes

The philosophy of the Communication major is based on the assumption that effective communication is the basis of much of what needs to happen in the world in which we live. To this end, the course content is designed to deliver the skills which will enable students to be prepared academically to be effective communicators, to give them experience in using their knowledge and to nurture them, by precept and example, a sense of Christian ideals and service. Students majoring in Communication will meet the following four outcomes which coordinate with Warner University’s mission to provide academic excellence and a Christian learning environment.

  1. Students in the Communication major will discover principles and practices of academic and professional standards to be effective communicators.
  2. Students in the Communication major will demonstrate, through experiences, increasing abilities to be effective communicators.
  3. Students in the Communication major will compete favorably with peers for employment and post graduate education.
  4. Students in the Communication major will be able to apply a biblical worldview to presented course content.

Major in Communication

The major in Communication consists of 39 credit hours of coursework: 9 credit hours in the Communication Arts core, 15 credit hours of required coursework in Communication, 15 credit hours of upper-division coursework in communication. A minor is required. The required Communication Arts core courses are:

Prefix Course Hrs.
COM 2020 Media Literacy 3
COM 3063 Communication Elements and Theories 3
COM 4061 Career Planning 1
COM 4095 Seminar in Communication 2

  The required Communication courses are:

Prefix Course Hrs.
COM 2002 Audio and Video Production 3
COM 2031 Global Communication 3
COM 2044 Digital Photography 3
COM 3130 News Writing or
COM 3230 Broadcast Media Writing or
COM 3320 Webcast Media Writing or
COM 3034 Public Relations 3
COM 3110 Non-Verbal Communication or
COM 4050 Special Topics 3

  Fifteen upper-division credit hours from:

Prefix Course Hrs.
COM 2040 Radio Production 3
COM 3012 Publishing Design 3
COM 3014 Interpreting Cinema 3
COM 3023 Audio and Video Production II 3
COM 3034 Public Relations 3
COM 3040 Digital Photography II 3
COM 3054 Communication Law 3
COM 3060 Sports Journalism 3
COM 3070 Media Practicum 1
COM 3075 Field Experience 3 or 6
COM 3085 Internship 3 or 6
COM 3110 Non-Verbal Communication 3
COM 3130 News Writing 3
COM 3230 Broadcast Media Writing 3
COM 3320 Webcast Media Writing 3
COM 4000 Visual Literacy 3
COM 4050 Special Topics 3
COM 4070 Media Practicum 1
COM 4075 Field Experience 3 or 6
COM 4085 Internship 3 or 6
ENG 3/4XXX English Elective 3

 

Psychology
The Psychology major will advance students’ knowledge about human behavior—something that will certainly make a graduate an attractive job candidate. Psychology is the second largest major at U. S. colleges and universities because of the diverse options available to graduates. Psychology majors will be well-positioned for grad school or ready to pursue a professional career in psychology, such as counseling. But that’s not the only option: A psychology major also gets graduates in the door for entry-level work, such as sales or human resources.

Major Mission and Outcomes

The mission of the Psychology Major is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of human behavior, gain a functional knowledge of scientific methods of studying behavior, and develop an appreciation of the dignity and complexity of persons; all 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 life-long learning.  Students graduating with a major should be prepared to either use their learning in employment settings immediately or attend graduate school. Students majoring in Psychology will meet the following five outcomes which coordinate with Warner University’s mission to provide academic excellence.

  1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

1.1 Characterize the nature of psychology as a discipline. 1.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding representing appropriate breadth and depth in selected content areas of psychology: 1.3 Use the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena. 1.4 Explain major perspectives of psychology (e.g., behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural). *Goal and Student Learning Outcomes (above) are published APA standards – goals and objectives for undergraduate psychology majors.

  1. Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

2.1 Describe the basic characteristics of the science of psychology. 2.2 Explain different research methods used by psychologists. 2.3 Evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from psychological research. 2.4 Design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods.

  1. Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

4.2 Identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems, 4.3 Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy. 4.4 Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to everyday life. 4.5 Recognize that ethically complex situations can develop in the application of psychological principles. *Goal and Student Learning Outcomes (above) are published APA standards – goals and objectives for undergraduate psychology majors.

  1. 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.

10.1 Apply knowledge of psychology (e.g., decision strategies, life span processes, psychological assessment, types of psychological careers) when formulating career choices. 10.2 Identify the types of academic experience and performance in psychology and the liberal arts that will facilitate entry into the workforce, post baccalaureate education, or both. 10.3 Describe preferred career paths based on accurate self-assessment of abilities, achievement, motivation, and work habits. 10.4 Identify and develop skills and experiences relevant to achieving selected career goals. 10.5 Articulate how changing societal needs can influence career opportunities and foster flexibility about managing changing conditions. 10.6 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning and personal flexibility to sustain personal and professional development as the nature of work evolves. *Goal and Student Learning Outcomes (above) are published APA standards – goals and objectives for undergraduate psychology majors.

  1. Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.

6.1 Demonstrate information competence at each stage in the following process: 6.2 Use appropriate software to produce understandable reports of the psychological literature, methods, and statistical and qualitative analyses in APA or other appropriate style, including graphic representations of data. 6.3 Use information and technology ethically and responsibly. 6.4 Demonstrate these computer skills: basic word processing, database, e-mail, spreadsheet, and data. *Goal and Student Learning Outcomes (above) are published APA standards – goals and objectives for undergraduate psychology majors.

Major in Psychology

The major in Psychology consists of 36 credit hours, starting with Introduction to Psychology, which is a service course for general education requirements and a prerequisite for all other psychology courses. A minor in another subject area is also required. The required courses are:

Prefix Course Hrs.
PSY 2000 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 2010 Life-Span Development 3
PSY 3030 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3040 Personality Theories 3
PSY 3050 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 3060 Psychological Testing 3
PSY 4010 Methods of Social Research 3
PSY 4020 Counseling Theories 3
PSY 4030 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 4060 History of Psychology 3

  Plus two of the following:

Prefix Course Hrs.
PSY 3022 Sports Psychology 3
PSY 3045 Special Topics in Psychology 3
PSY 4050 Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 4080 Adult Development and Aging 3
SWK 3034 Death and Dying 3
SWK 3044 Substance Abuse 3
Social Work

A major in Social Work equips students to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. As a generalist social work practitioner, graduates have career opportunities in various public and private settings, including school systems, child welfare offices, healthcare, mental health systems, and criminal justice departments. Many graduates wishing to practice as clinical therapists go on to pursue a master’s degree in social work (MSW).

The Social Work Program at Warner University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Therefore, social work graduates are eligible to apply for “advanced standing” in Master of Social Work (MSW) programs, shortening the course of study for the MSW by as much as one year.

Major Mission and Outcomes

Consistent with the mission of Warner University and EPAS (2008) requirements for the Council on Social Work Education, the mission of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program is to prepare undergraduate students for generalist social work practice in a multitude of settings. Placing a foundational emphasis on the core values of servanthood as modeled by Christ, social justice, the importance of human relationships and human rights, the dignity and worth of the individual, integrity, and competence, social work graduates will be prepared to model their Christian faith through advocacy and evidenced-based professional practices which encourage the improvement of global societies and enhance the well-being of its most oppressed populations.

Students majoring in Social Work will meet the following competencies which coordinate with Warner University’s mission to provide academic excellence and a Christian learning environment.

Competency 2.1.1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

Competency 2.1.2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

Competency 2.1.3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

Competency 2.1.4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.

Competency 2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

Competency 2.1.6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

Competency 2.1.7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

Competency 2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

Competency 2.1.9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.

Competency 2.1.10 a-d: Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Competency 2.1.11: Apply a Christian worldview to generalist level social work practice.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

The major in Social Work consists of 63 credit hours.

The required Social Work courses are:

Prefix Course Hrs.
MAT 2000 Statistics 3
PSY 2000 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 2010 Life-Span Development 3
SWK 2000 Introduction to Social Work 3
SWK 2050 Human Behavior and Social Environment 3
SWK 2053 Social Problems (preferred) or 3
SOC 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3
SWK 3050 Diversity and Values in the Social Work Practice 3
SWK 3013 Social Work Process and Practice I 3
SWK 3014 Social Work Process and Practice II 3
SWK 3020 Social Welfare Policy 3
SWK 3024 Group Processes 3
SWK 3033 Individual and Family Dynamics 3
SWK 4010 Methods of Social Research 3
SWK 4030 Case Management and Social Networking 3
SWK 4085 Field Education 10
SWK 4095 Field Education Seminar 2

 

Six credit hours from:

PSY 4080Adult Development and Aging3PSY 4080Adult Development and Aging3

Prefix Course Hrs.
SWK 3034 Death and Dying 3
SWK 3044 Substance Abuse 3
SWK 4045 Special Topics in Social Work 3
SWK 3050 Abnormal Psychology 3
SWK 4020 Counseling Theories 3
PSY 4045 Special Topics in Psychology 3
PSY 4080 Adult Development and Aging 3
SWK 3054 Child Abuse and Neglect 3
SWK 4054 Child Welfare Policy 3

Sport Communication
The major in Sport Communication is uniquely designed to blend sport management and communication courses for those seeking to work as a sports information director, information officer, sports journalist, or in some type of sports production. Students in this cross-disciplinary program will learn strong written and oral presentation skills, packaged with a solid background in sport management principles.

Major Mission and Outcomes

The philosophy of the Sport Communication major is based on the assumption that effective communication is the basis of much of what needs to happen in the world in which we live. To this end, the course content is designed to deliver the skills which will enable students to be prepared academically to be effective communicators, to give them experience in using their knowledge and to nurture them, by precept and example, a sense of Christian ideals and service. Students majoring in Sport Communication will meet the following four outcomes which coordinate with Warner University’s mission to provide academic excellence and a Christian learning environment.

  1. Students in the Sport Communication major will discover principles and practices of academic and professional standards to be effective communicators.
  2. Students in the Sport Communication major will demonstrate, through experiences, increasing abilities to be effective communicators.
  3. Students and graduates of the major will be able to compete favorably with peers for employment and continued education.
  4. Students in the Sport Communication major will be able to apply a biblical worldview to presented course content.

Major in Sport Communication

The major in Sport Communication consists of 43 credit hours with a required minor in either Media Writing or Communication. Core Courses are:

Prefix Course Hrs.
COM 2020 Media Literacy 3
COM 3063 Communication Elements and Theories 3
COM 4061 Career Planning 1
COM 4095 Seminar in Communication 2

  Required Coursework:

Prefix Course Hrs.
BUS 2000 Introduction to Business 3
COM 2002 Audio and Video Production I 3
COM 2044 Digital Photography 3
COM 2040 Radio Production 3
BUS 3010 Marketing 3
COM 3012 Publishing Design 3
COM 3130 News Writing 3
COM 3320 Webcast Media Writing 3
COM 3060 Sports Journalism 3
PED 4033 Sports Marketing and Public Relations or 3
PED 4043 Athletic and Facility Management 3

  Practica/Internship (4 hours, minimum):

Prefix Course Hrs.
COM 3/4070 Practica (typically 1 hour per semester) or 1
COM 3/4075 Field Experience (3 or 6 hours) or 3 or 6
COM 3/4085 Internship (3 or 6 hours) 3 or 6