BA in Psychology

B.A. in Psychology

Be equipped to bring Christ’s love into churches, businesses, schools, and wherever it is needed.

Gain interpersonal, analytical, and critical thinking skills from a Christian worldview. Criswell skills—listening, understanding yourself and others, serving—are life skills that can provide a foundation for a variety of careers. We use our location in Dallas to connect you with the experiences that strengthen and hone those skills. Once equipped, you can apply the knowledge in psychology you have gained (knowledge in behavior, emotion, cultural diversity, family dynamics, learning, and research) to better serve others by understanding the way they think and believe.


COM 101   Rhetoric and Writing I

COM 102   Rhetoric and Writing II

COM 201   Intercultural Communication

CRIS 100   The Roots of a Christian Scholar

CRIS 201   Global Learning and Service

CRIS 202   Global Learning and Service Lab (non-credit)

CRIS 203   Local Learning and Service

PSY 101     Introduction to Psychology

STA 201     Introduction to Statistics

100-200    Humanities/Fine Arts*

100-200    Humanities/Fine Arts*

100-400    Natural Science or Mathematics*

100-200    Social/Behavioral Science*

100-400    Open Elective

100-400    Open Elective


*Courses offered at Criswell College that will satisfy these requirements will be marked in the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

BIB 105      Hermeneutics

CRIS 300   Baptist Faith and Witness

NTS 101    New Testament Survey I

NTS 201    New Testament Survey II

OTS 101    Old Testament Survey I

OTS 201    Old Testament Survey II

PSY 410     Integration of Theology and Psychology

THS 201    Church History

THS 203    Systematic Theology I

THS 204    Systematic Theology II

300            Bible/Theology Elective

PSY 102    Dynamics of Marriage and Family

PSY 202   Multicultural Perspectives

PSY 203   Introduction to Counseling

PSY 205   History of Psychology

PSY 210   Theories of Personality

PSY 260   Conflict Management

PSY 302   Psychology of Learning

PSY 305   Introduction to Neuroscience

PSY 315    Experimental Psychology

PSY 320   Social Psychology

PSY 330   Abnormal Psychology

PSY 340   Developmental Psychology

PSY 401   Social Behavioral Research

PSY 402   Community Mental Health

PSY 407   Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Criswell College and the psychology program have changed my life. They have given me the tools to think critically about what I am learning in an atmosphere of love, respect, and acceptance. The psychology program at Criswell College has given me a deeper appreciation of God and my personal journey of faith.

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Students who graduate with a B.A. in Psychology are ready to:

  • Serve on a church staff
  • Work in a school or businesses
  • Become a missionary
  • Pursue graduate studies and a career as a mental health worker
  • Lead in a Christian ministry
  • Work as a victim or veteran advocate
  • Work in a community service organization
  • Serve as a human resource or relations director

From 2018-2021, 80% of those graduating with a B.A. in Psychology are employed or continuing their education.


Dr. Steve Hunter, Professor of Psychology and Counseling, Hope for the Heart Chair of Biblical Counseling, and Program Director of B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling

Steve Hunter

Professor of Psychology & Counseling; Hope for the Heart Chair of Biblical Counseling; Program Director of B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling

B.A. in Psychology

How can the study of neuroscience enhance your worship? Find out from Dr. Hunter. 

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Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.