Whether you are looking to go on to graduate work or immediately to the workplace, a counseling degree will help you analyze what causes growth and what causes problems and will promote guidance on how to improve your relationships—all from a biblical vantage-point.

The Counseling major focuses on counseling through a biblical set of “glasses” in order to help you see what God intended for proper function, what goes wrong, and how to help people get back to God’s design. Grace College is one of the very few schools, Christian or secular, to offer an undergraduate degree in counseling. This major is designed to prepare students for graduate work in both counseling and clinical psychology.

Course Requirements for B.A. or B.S. in Counseling


Examples of courses in this major:

PSY 2100 Introduction to Counseling

An introduction to the major theories in counseling including secular and Christian approaches. The methodology of each approach will be analyzed based upon the respective theory of psychopathology. Special attention will be given to various skills, techniques and applications of these approaches. 

BHS 2400 Research Methods in Social Sciences

An introductory study of the principles and techniques of investigation and data collection in the social sciences. The course will deal with techniques of organizing, conducting, analyzing and presenting such data.

PSY 3260 Biblical Psychology

This course will examine the relationship between the fields of psychology and theology. A theory of integration will be presented, along with discussions concerning specific psychological topics (i.e., self-esteem, anxiety, etc.) from a biblical vantage point.

PSY 3380 Theories of Personality

An introduction to the major theories of personality and how it develops, including psychoanalysis, humanistic, existential and behavioristic approaches.

PSY 3440 Process and Techniques of Counseling

This course develops a theoretical base for evaluating human problems within a biblical framework. Once this has been accomplished, practical techniques will be discussed to help counselors structure the counseling session and implement change.