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Compass Roadmap | Psychology


Begin Your Journey
First Year
Pursue Community
Second Year
Pursue Hospitality
Third Year
Pursue Calling
Fourth Year
Pursue Wisdom
Grow Intellectually
  • Meet the faculty during Wildcat Week
  • Develop research skills in Cornerstone (CORE 110)
  • Explore the life of Jesus and the New Testament church in BIBL 101 and 102


  • Support your peers by attending ACU's URCI Festival
  • Explore the Old Testament in BIBL 211
  • Conduct research in PSYC 351 or 368


  • Present at URCI Festival or other conference
  • Complete your Capstone course: PSYC 493
  • Complete graduate classes in the APPDP program
Grow Spiritually
  • Experience Candlelight Devo during Wildcat Week
  • Attend Psychology Chapel
  • Engage in practices of meal fellowship, testimony and breath prayer

  • Attend Psychology Chapel
  • Volunteer in the Abilene community
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Learn about service opportunities at the Local Missions Fair
  • Explore the psychology of ideology in Germany (PSYC 440)
  • Engage in practices of intercessory prayer, pilgrimage and journaling
  • Participate in Psychology Chapel
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Gain hands-on ministry experience on a Global Service Trip
  • Examine the psychology of Christianity in PSYC 348
  • Engage in practices of silence, spiritual listening and examen
  • Host Psychology Chapel
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Experience Candlelight Sendoff
  • Engage in practices of friendship, relinquishment and developing a rule of life
Grow Personally
  • Take StrengthsFinder and reflect on your results
  • Be involved in the ACU community by joining a student organizationstudent organization
  • Connect with a faculty or staff mentor
  • Care for your whole person by developing a Personal Exercise Prescription
  • Grow as a leader through ACU LEADS: Emerging Leaders

  • Take advantage of recreation opportunities on campus (Rec Center, Intramurals, etc)
  • Actively engage in a student organization
  • Learn to navigate stress by completing stress management coaching sessions in PSYC 278

  • Develop your leadership skills while serving in a leadership role on campus
  • Lead in a church ministry or local service organization

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  • Serve in a leadership role and mentor future student leaders
  • Lead a student club or organization

Grow Culturally
  • Attend events hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)
  • Explore opportunities at a Study Abroad interest meeting
  • Attend events hosted by the International Students Association (ISA
  • Study Abroad in Oxford, Leipzig or Montevideo
  • Attend events hosted by the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action
  • Participate in a World Wide Witness Summer Internship
  • Explore the social side of psychology in PSYC 370
Grow Professionally
  • Activate your Handshake profile
  • Learn new creative possibilities through Creative U in the Innovation Foundry


  • Develop a resume and participate in a mock interview with Career Development Center
  • Explore post-graduate options at the graduate school fair
  • Attend School Psychology interest meeting
  • Attend the Accelerated Professional Psychology Degree Plan (APPDP)
  • Interview a professional in psychology

  • Research graduate schools that interest you
  • Identify faculty members who could write recommendations
  • Create a LinkedIn profile
  • Gain hands on experience by participating in a psychology internship with PSYC 340
  • Develop an graduate school plan in PSYC 241
  • Finalize a resume in PSYC 498
  • Secure letters of recommendation
  • Apply for jobs and/or graduate school
  • Explore your career and calling in PSYC 401
  • Participate in APPDP mentoring

Exploring the Areas of Growth

Five Areas of Growth

  • Grow Intellectually – Sharpen your mind through critical thinking, problem solving and engaging in original research or creative projects. Build knowledge in your field and develop relevant skills through innovative and experiential assignments and activities.
  • Grow SpirituallyGrow in likeness of Christ, as the Spirit leads both individuals and communities into deeper love of God and others. Cultivate Christian community, hospitality, vocation and wisdom through reflective participation in community practices such as worship, study and service. 
  • Grow Personally – Mature as a whole person through mentorship, peer-to-peer relationships and cultivating habits that produce wellness. Discover your strengths, become a productive team member and grow as a leader.
  • Grow Culturally – Deepen intercultural knowledge and the ability to communicate with and relate to people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and geographic areas. Foster a greater respect and empathy for all peoples through building dynamic and mutually rewarding relationships in local and global contexts. 
  • Grow Professionally – Prepare for a meaningful career by exploring options, participating in career development activities, gaining relevant experiences and making purposeful connections that launch your professional life.

Integrated Spiritual Formation Themes

NOTE: Transfer students and those that surpass traditional semester cadences can progress to the next phase when appropriate for their needs.

Year 1 – Pursue Community

Connecting students to cruciform relationships with peers and adults on campus and in Abilene through compelling opportunities to invest in a variety of Christian organizations, both discovering and experiencing the distinctive nature of Christian community.

Year 2 – Pursue Hospitality

Engaging students in encounters with diverse peoples, ideas, and cultures through both local and global opportunities to extend and receive hospitality and to serve others in Christ’s name.

Year 3 – Pursue Calling

Advancing students’ understanding of vocation in a manner that integrates each student’s particular identity, career goals and vision for life with the broad calling for Christians to participate in the ongoing mission of God revealed in the pattern of Christ’s life and death.

Year 4 – Pursue Wisdom

Launching students into cruciform and purposeful living beyond the university by equipping them with tools for and experiences seeking Christian wisdom as they prepare to transition into a new season of life and career.