Found on Christian principles and pursuit of love and truth, the Department of Psychology aims to integrate faith, knowledge, and health in training proficient professionals in psychology. We provide a culturally diverse community that parallels the growing of diversity in the healthcare and academic professions. Students will leave our program with habits of lifelong learning and a dedication to serve society through teaching, researching and counseling with competence, compassion, and commitment.
To provide people-oriented education leading to the mission of promoting wellbeing and restoring relationships with God and among ourselves.
To inspire people to embrace Jesus’ purpose for our lives: “… that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”(John 10:10)
Values – CORE
CHANGE necessary for growth
OPENNESS to foster the ideal environment for communication.
RESPECT of individual differences and cultural diversity
EMPATHY to better understand the needs of others.
Studying BSc in Psychology has been a wonderful experience. Throughout these four years at HKAC, other than acquiring academic knowledge, I’ve grown tremendously as an individual by discovering myself and learning to understand others. The close knit learning environment at the college provides students with more opportunities in exploring and expanding their knowledge. The course itself opens numerous career pathways for students to grow. With the help of a very inspirational and encouraging group of teachers, I have become more confident in myself and my goals. After obtaining this degree, my plans for the future include developing a career in the education field by becoming a teacher because I want to help children grow in a healthy and positive environment that allows thetem to discover their potentials just as how my teachers were able to do for me.
Balkiran Kaur, graduate, 2018
Osaka Conference Trip
by Elisa CHONGBANG,
Graduate 2017, Department of Psychology, Hong Kong Adventist College
The academic year 2013/2014 brought a special opportunity for the Psychology students at Hong Kong Adventist College (HKAC) to attend “The Fourth Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences” which was held in Osaka, Japan form March 27-30, 2014. It aims on providing new perspectives to the thought-leaders and decision-makers of today and tomorrow by offering constructive environments for dialogue and interchange at the intersections of nations, cultures, and disciplines.
The conference acted as a window for a group of three students and two faculty of the Department through which they got chances to meet and hear the different research presentations of scholars and students from all around Asia and beyond. I can recall a moment when I met one of the speakers from Australia who was going to present on the topic of “Children’s Coping Self-Efficacy Beliefs about Parental Conflict and Their Psychological Adjustment”. Talking to her, I felt more encouraged in my interest to study children and teenage psychology. The topics discussed at the conference ranged from mental Health, Religion, Philosophy, Arts, Ethics, Psychology, Education and many more. The international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment of the conference was truly a great platform for the students to learn more about things that they care about in common and more importantly to acknowledge the ideas that are different from ours as the theme of the conference suggests “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy”.
Moreover, the group had ample chance to explore some of the cultures of Japan, like Japanese Calligraphy and traditional Taiko Drum performance by numerous award winners of Osaka’s Akutagawa Senior High School.
One of the core values of our Psychology Department at Hong Kong Adventist College is ‘CHANGE necessary for our growth’. The conference trip was certainly a different approach for the students to learn beyond the four walls of the classrooms.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Total: Minimum 124 Semester Credits
The Course is typically a 4-year full-time program, but it can also be pursued in a part-time fashion under the advice of the school to complete the program in a longer time. The Psychology curriculum prepares students for a wide range of careers in the behavioral sciences or in related professions that involve working with people. Primary emphasis is placed on the applied dynamics of human behavior and relationships rather than on animal or laboratory psychology.
The major requirements and cognates are intended to provide a scientific base on which a balanced program of electives may be built in accordance with the individual needs and interests.
A student majoring in psychology must complete a minimum total of 40 semester credits in the major, 16 semester credits of the required cognates, and 48 semester credits of the general education program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements as outlined in the Bulletin.
Electives may be chosen from psychology courses not required within the core concentration requirements, or those approved by the advisor/chair, to meet the minimum of 40 credits in psychology.
Field experience and a reading knowledge of a foreign language are strongly recommended, particularly for student who plan to take graduate studies in Psychology.
MAJOR FIELD TEST
Majors are required to take the Major Field Test in Psychology. The exam assesses the following areas: memory and thinking, sensory and physiology, developmental, clinical and abnormal, social and measurement and methodology.
Minor in Psychology
Total minimum: 20 semester credits
All minors require that students earn at least 14 credits in courses numbered 300 and above.
( It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead. 個別僱主可酌情決定是否承認本課程可令學員獲取的任何資格。)