Counseling/Clinical Psychology

A Psychology student presents at the annual Research Symposium

The Psychology major’s concentration in Counseling/Clinical Psychology combines the related areas of counseling psychology and clinical psychology. Counseling psychology applies psychology to common problems in living, such as in choosing a career or resolving issues in a personal relationship. Clinical psychology applies psychology not only to common problems in living but also to psychological disorders, such as a phobia or a clinical depression. Basic and applied specialties in psychology are numerous and extraordinarily diverse. Not all students majoring in psychology pursue one of the two applied concentrations.

In addition to our on-campus program, this program is now available in a completely online format!

Concentration Requirements

The Counseling/Clinical concentration consists of 46 s.h. distributed as follows:

Major Required Core Courses:

  • PHI 2120 Symbolic Logic (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 1010 General Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 2500 Statistics for Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3550 Experimental Psychology (4 s.h.)
  • PSY 4850 Research Seminar (3 s.h.)

Required Clinical/Counseling Concentration Courses:

  • PSY 2040 Lifespan Human Development (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3300 Psychological Counseling (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3410 Abnormal Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3470 Tests and Measurement (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3610 Social Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 4050 Theories of Personality (3 s.h.)

Select one 3 s.h. course:

  • PSY 3950 Memory and Cognition (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 4310 Principles of Learning (3 s.h.)

Psychology Electives:

  • Choose an additional 6 s.h. of Psychology electives

Additional Requirements:

Majoring in psychology requires completing both PSY 1010 and PSY 2500 with a grade of C or better. Also, one prerequisite for PSY 3550 is that a student has received a grade of C or better in PHI 2120; this requirement may be waived by the instructor. As in other majors, completing a major in psychology requires a GPA of 2.0 or better within the major. Completing a concentration in the psychology major requires a GPA of 2.7 or better both within the concentration and overall.

Contact the Psychology Program

Dr. Mark Kline

Mark Kline, PhD

Chair, Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology
(910) 480-8470
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Dr. Mark Kline
Mark Kline, PhD

Chair, Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology

B.S., Ph.D., Indiana University


I came to Methodist University with a wide variety of lifetime experiences. I went to high school in Alice Springs, Australia and enlisted in the U.S. Navy following graduation. After trying my hand at construction, food service, and insurance sales, I landed on the academic path and haven’t looked back.

I am primarily interested in the relationship between belief and experience as influences on behavior. Early in my career I focused on the topic of alcohol use in adolescents. My experiences at Methodist University have expanded those interests into the realm of PTSD and to a focus on intervention studies surrounding binge drinking and academic performance. I have recently been addressing the topic of social media use and negative impacts that come from that.

My passion is to find new and engaging approaches to teach students about Psychology. I have used zombies, teenagers, and research projects to allow the world of Psychology to come alive for the students.

Research Interests:

Undergraduate Alcohol Use, Binge Drinking, Risky Behaviors in general, How belief affects behavior, Behavior Genetics of Alcohol Use (How biological and Environmental variables interact to cause a behavior)

Personal Interests:

Swim Coach, Soccer, Guitar, Stand Up Comedy

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