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Psychology

The psychology faculty at Abilene Christian University views psychology as a scientific and applied profession through which one may provide service to the local community as well as the community of faith. Faculty members view the nature and needs of humankind from a biblical perspective. Excellence in research and clinical practice are a part of the Christian commitment which students are challenged to share. Ignite your passion at ACU.

The psychology faculty at Abilene Christian University views psychology as a scientific and applied profession through which one may provide service to the local community as well as the community of faith. Faculty members view the nature and needs of humankind from a biblical perspective. Excellence in research and clinical practice are a part of the Christian commitment which students are challenged to share. Ignite your passion at ACU.

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Becoming a Difference Maker

The Department of Psychology at ACU encourages students to lead, serve, and pursue their many and varied goals, interests, and passions. Psychology students participate in student organizations, social clubs, service opportunities, and other activities on- and off-campus. The department provides its undergraduate students with these specific opportunities to help in the Abilene community and around the world while building their psychological skills:

  • Community experiences through work with local agencies such as the Abilene Boys and Girls Club, the Noah Project, Hospice of Abilene, YMCA, and Crisis Hotline.
  • Research experiences in medical, psychiatric, forensic, developmental, academic and industrial environments
  • Service-learning internships in Montevideo, Uruguay and Leipzig, Germany

 

 

This 144-year-old villa in Leipzig will house students for ACU's Study Abroad program in Germany.

Service Matters

Aside from the structured opportunities presented through the department, many students create their own opportunities for service-learning and research through research teams, interaction with local congregations, employment, and community organizations. Psychology students participate to varying degrees in Spring Break Campaigns and other missions trips, in social clubs, in the ACU Students’ Association, and in other student organizations and local non-profit organizations. These activities create a warm environment for intellectual, social, and spiritual growth at ACU.

Research Opportunities

ACU psychology students regularly present research in the professional or scientific programs of regional and national psychology meetings. The practical necessity and the ethical responsibility to master the rapidly expanding scientific base of information underlying clinical intervention is emphasized through course work, individual and group projects, and thesis research. In each of the Masters of Science programs offered in psychology, students have the opportunity to build expertise in their field of interest and to prepare to contribute to that knowledge base. The psychology department actively supports student research.

 

Becoming More

Home counselling, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Where Our Students Succeed

Students and faculty in the ACU Department of Psychology conduct research in the following areas:

  •  Psychological Assessment
  •  Child and Adolescent
  •  Clinical and Counseling
  •  Faith and Psychology
  •  Neuropsychology
  •  Sports Psychology
  •  Health Psychology

Abilene Welcomes You

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