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Bachelor of Arts in Christian Behavioral Science

California Baptist University's School of Behavioral Sciences created the Christian behavioral science major to address the relationship of biblical truth to the knowledge drawn from the behavioral sciences, providing students with a distinct and decidedly Christian perspective of human behavior.

CBU Christian behavioral sciences students pursue a historical and contemporary knowledge of the behavioral sciences and acquire the skills necessary for the direct application of that knowledge in ministry contexts. Students enjoy the instruction and guidance of expert Christian professors who themselves have years of practical experience in various fields of study including psychology, anthropology, sociology, political science and theology.

Career Opportunities

Upon completing CBU's undergraduate Christian behavioral sciences program, you will be well prepared for careers in counseling, social work, ministry work, marketing and many other job opportunities that call for a deep understanding of the human mind. Furthermore, you will be fully prepared to pursue graduate coursework, such as CBU's popular master's programs in professional psychology and church-based counseling.

Program Requirements

Christian Behavioral Science Major (48 units)

Lower Division Requirements**

BEH 100 Survey of Behavioral Sciences (or ANT 225 Cultural Anthropology or SOC 113 Introduction to Sociology)

BEH 250 Professional Reading and Writing in the Behavioral Science

CST 110 Old Testament Survey

CST 130 New Testament Survey

PSY 213 General Psychology

** Should be completed prior to enrollment in Upper Division Content Requirements.

Upper Division Introduction Requirements

BEH 333 Epistemology and Worldview in the Behavioral Sciences

CST 350 Biblical Interpretation

CST 370 Christian Doctrine

PSY 320 Life-Span Development

PSY 322 Theories of Personality

Upper Division Content Requirements (21 units)

CBS 303 Marriage and Family in the Christian Community

CBS 350 Development and Discipleship

CBS 400 Special Topics in Christian Behavioral Science

CBS 403 Christian Institutions and the Church

CBS 415 Biblical Wisdom and Human Behavior

CBS 420 Behavioral Implications of Theology

CBS 423 Models of Christian Counseling

This page was updated March 21, 2011.

Christian Behavioral Science Major (51 units) BA

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Content: discipline knowledge and skills (theories, concepts, & terms of the discipline)
    • Explain the major historical theories of psychology, anthropology, sociology and theology and their influence on developing theories, the individual and society
    • Understand and critique methods of critical analysis/research and articulate their influence on the field of psychology, anthropology, sociology and theology for an understanding of human behavior
    • Verbalize and analyze the terminology of psychology, anthropology, sociology and theology
    • Understand the behavioral, cognitive, and affective implications of specific doctrinal beliefs and systematic theology as a basis for understanding human behavior
    • Explain the functions and purpose of Christian institutions including the household and congregation as a place of discipleship, worship, fellowship, and relational reconciliation
  • Critical thinking: skill in analysis, synthesis, and use of evidence; problem solving (reflective & analytical)
    • Use and apply psychology, anthropology, sociology, and theology concepts to explain personal experiences and recognize the limitations of personal experience in understanding empirical phenomenon
    • Differentiate the behavioral science theoretical foundations and theology from pseudoscience/anecdote as well as cultural religious perspectives from Biblical perspectives
    • Contrast and compare Western Culture and the Judeo-Christian worldview
    • Examine current approaches to Christian-oriented and biblically based counseling developing a personal integrate model
    • Use quantitative and/or qualitative analyses to argue for or against a particular hypotheses within specific contexts (research, professional practice and daily living)
  • Communication: speaking and writing skills; technology literacy; research skills
    • Conduct and write a review that summarizes part of the Christian behavioral sciences literature, applying fundamental strategies such as a thesis focus, an informative middle and an effective conclusion resulting from effective drafting, revising, and editing
    • Use and define terms and concepts of the discipline and applying them appropriately, showing a strong & direct link between concepts and assigned reading
    • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings, using standard diction of American English in a professional manner including dress and demeanor
    • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and a respect for diverse views in interpersonal settings
    • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining the needed information. Examines and compares information from various sources in order to ascertain the reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias of a given source.
  • Integrity/values: academic integrity, discipline specific ethical issues; an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity
  • Project management: team work skills; informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies to the workplace and professional environments

Lower Division Requirements**

Choose one (1) of the following courses

Upper Division Introduction Requirements

Upper Division Christian Behavioral Science Requirements (21 units)

Upper Division Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:

Optional Concentrations (12 units)

Students can earn a concentration in the following areas by completing the certificate requirements:

  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Counseling Ministry
  • Diversity
  • Life Span Development
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Behavior

Note: Each optional concentration requires completion of twelve (12) distinct units beyond the major.