Academic Catalog 2017-2018

Pre-Law Bluefield College, in agreement with the Association of American Law Schools, does not believe that any single series of courses can conform to the needs of every student who intends to enter law school. However, emphasizing a liberal arts education with specific pre-professional courses, a curriculum is designed for the student who intends to enter law school as well as the student who may seek a law-related career. For the bachelor’s degree, it is recommended that a student complete a major in one of the fields listed below. Criminal Justice Psychology Business English History The following specific courses are recommended regardless of major: CRJ 3203 Legal Internship CRJ 3073 Constitutional Law

BUS 2533 Accounting I BUS 2543 Accounting II BUS 3113 Legal Environment of Business

BUS 3123 Business Law COM 4003 Media Law CRJ 4503 Special Topic, (e.g., Evidence or Legal Research) HEA 3523 Special Topic-Stress Management

These are just guidelines and students interested in a professional career in one of these fields should consult an academic catalog from the school of their choice once preliminary work has been completed at Bluefield College. PSYCHOLOGY (PSY) The psychology department supports the mission of the College to transform students’ hearts, minds, and lives as it engages them in the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students develop a broad based appreciation for the multiple perspectives currently active in the discipline, develop the intellectual ability to evaluate the potential of psychological constructs to inform real life decisions, and prepare to pursue graduate study if they so choose. We enable students to pursue their vocational calling through the behavioral sciences. Program Outcomes • Identify and describe the predominant schools of thought or perspectives found in the modern and historical activities of the discipline. In effect, students will become broadly knowledgeable of the major concepts and perspectives in psychology. • Apply appropriate research methods and principles of statistical analysis to problems found in the discipline’s environment. • Demonstrate the ability and the disposition to think critically about any academic or social issue and an ability to participate in public discourse. • Articulate their personal understanding of psychology and its integration into their personal system of beliefs.


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