by Nicole Veldink
Along with music, a psychology concentration will be launched in the fall of 2016.
Psychology is the study of human behavior and helps address questions like “who is God?” and “what is man?” Providence currently offers classes which relate to this concentration already like abnormal psychology and sociology. Lifespan development, theories of personality, and neuroscience and behavior are among the classes Providence may offer for this concentration, according to vice president of academic affairs John Milton. Although a professor has not yet been chosen to head this department, adjunct professor Tom Paulus has taught psychology and sociology courses this year.
“Personally, I think it is high time for Christians to begin to take their own psychology and development very seriously on both academic and personal levels. Students are looking for psychological healing and self-understanding. If Christian institutions don’t take up these problems, which are so personal and real, people will eventually look elsewhere,” Paulus said. “In my view, the incarnation [of Jesus Christ] is in part a call for us to seek self-understanding and a bold, unambiguous reaffirmation of the human person as imago Dei [the image of God].”
Even if a student isn’t pursuing psychology on a professional level, it still is beneficial for the everyday student, as well as those who are pursuing education, medicine, or the military.