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Psychology

Understand your world

The Warner Psychology major delves into the complexities of the human mind, behavior, and emotions through the lens of a Christian worldview. Explore psychological theories, cognitive processes, and social dynamics while gaining insights into the depths of human experience. This program combines rigorous coursework, research opportunities, and practical experiences to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for meaningful engagement in counseling, research, or related fields. Develop a deep understanding of human nature while embracing Christian principles of compassion, ethics, and holistic care. Prepare to make a positive impact on individuals and communities, guided by faith and a passion for understanding and serving others.

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General Education Core Requirement for Bachelor of Arts

Information taken from the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog. Please refer to the most recent catalog for further information, found here.

Written and Oral Communication

  • ENG 1010 – Composition I (3 credit hrs.)
  • ENG 1020 – Compostion II (3 credit hrs.)
  • COM 2010 – Oral Communication (3 credit hrs.)

Cultural and Historal Perspectives

Choose from two (2) of the four (4) disciplines:

  • Fine Arts (FAS 2005, 2006, or 2043)
  • Literature
  • Biblical Literature, Theology, or BST 2000 – Beginning Bibilical Interpretation
  • Any History (HIS) Course

Mathematics and Science

  • Choose nine (9) credit hours, comprised of at least one (1) natural science course and at least one (1) mathematics course at MAT 1030 or above.

Social Sciences

Choose six (6) credits from:

  • COM 2020 – Media Literacy (3 credit hrs.)
  • ECO 2001 – Principles of Economics: Macro (3 credit hrs.)
  • ECO 2012 – Contemporary Economics (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDU/PSY 2010 – Life-Span Development (3 credit hrs.)
  • GEO 2013 – World Geography (3 credit hrs.)
  • POS 2010 – American Government and Politics (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 2000 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SOC 2000 – Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2050 – Human Behavior and the Social Enviornment (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2053 – Social Problems (3 credit hrs.)
  • UNV 2100 – Strategy and Critical Thinking (3 credit hrs.)

Biblical Studies

Required for freshman and transfer students with fewer than 60 credit hours:

  • BST 1010 – Christian Life: Faith and Practice (3 credit hrs.)
  • BST 2020 – Understanding the New Testament (3 credit hrs.)
  • BST 3005 – Understanding the Old Testament (3 credit hrs.)

Required for trasnfer students with 60 or more credit hours:

  • BST 2020 – Understanding the New Testament (3 credit hrs.)

Personal Development and Worldview

  • BST 4095 – Senior Seminar to Theology and Vocation (3 credit hrs.)
  • UNV 1100 – Introduction to the Christian Liberal Arts University (1 credit hr.)
Requirements for Psychology Major
  • PSY 2000 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 2010 – Life-Span Development (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 3030 – Social Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 3040 – Personality Theories (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 3050 – Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 3060 – Psychological Testings (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 4010 – Methods of Social Research (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 4020 – Counseling Theories (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 4030 – Cognitive Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 4060 – History of Psychology (3 credit hrs.)

Six (6) additional credits from:

  • PSY 3022 – Sports Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 3045 – Special Topics in Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 4050 – Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 4080 – Adult Development and Aging (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 3034 – Death & Dying (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 3044 – Substance Abuse (3 credit hrs.)

Our Faculty

Dr. Kimberly Bartasavage

Dr. Kimberly Bartasavage

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Bartasavage possesses an MS in Public Administration, an MS in Public Safety and a DCJ. Dr. Bartasavage retired from law enforcement as a state parole agent serving on the street crimes unit and jointly with the USMS fugitive apprehension team.

She is an avid sports fan, enjoys the beach, reading and running as well as watching her son play baseball. A favorite bible verse is Joshua 1:9.

Lyndal Bedford

Lyndal Bedford

Instructor of Social Work

Lyndal Bedford is an Instructor of Social Work and Field Director at Warner. He has been working with Warner since August of 2023. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Columbus State University and a Master of Social Work from Southeastern University.

Lyndal has many hobbies, including playing pickleball, playing board games, and going to the movies. His favorite Bible passage is James 3:17-18: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

Dr. Daniel Julich

Dr. Daniel Julich

Chair, Associate Professor of History / Associate Dean of Student Learning Assessment

Dr. Julich grew up on the east coast of Florida and spent seven years of teaching in  Kansas. He has an M.A. in Theological Studies and a Ph.D. in History.

Father of five, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing board games, reading books about history, culture, and politics, and exploring new places. A meaningful verse for him is Galatians 6:9.

Dr. April Steen

Dr. April Steen

Associate Professor of Social Work

A native from Buffalo, NY, Dr. April Steen, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a professional focus in military families, work life balance and trauma/compassion fatigue. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida.

As an active member in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), she has served as past president (Florida Chapter). A meaningful verse for her is Proverbs 3:5.

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Kaylea Upchurch

Kaylea Upchurch

Instructor of Psychology

Kaylea Upchurch is an Instructor of Psychology for Warner. She began working with Warner’s Admissions department in August 2021 and transitioned to her faculty role in July 2024. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Warner University and a Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Regent University.

Kaylea has experience in floral design and wedding coordination. Her favorite Bible passage is Lamentations 3:22-23: “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9

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About Warner University

Warner University is a distinctly Christian university that strives to make a Christian liberal arts education accesible to all. We are committed to guiding individuals toward Christ-like character and intellectual maturity while equipping them to serve. We are located in beautiful Lake Wales, Florida, which is nearly the exact center of the Florida peninsula. We are just a short drive away from rapidly growing cities such as Lakeland and Winter Haven. At Warner we offer a variety of in-person and online degree plans. Choose Warner and answer God’s call, receiving an education that helps you pursue your dreams and grow closer to Christ.