In AP® Psychology, students explore the biblical answer to the question, “What makes us human?” as they study human behavior and cognition. Students learn about and apply important terms, concepts, and phenomena associated with each major area of psychology from both secular and Christian perspectives, and enhance their critical thinking skills. As they learn about notable figures and psychological theories, students identify how the existence of God is missing from most theoretical perspectives. They differentiate the findings of genetic research and the biblical perspective of who or what determines our physical constitution. They study ethical considerations related to human and animal research and identify critical differences between ethical standards established by man and those established by God. They study the process of sanctification, how it compares to self-actualization, and how it affects motivation. Students explore how having a biblical worldview affects their thoughts, perception, emotions, and ultimately their walk with Christ, as they learn to align their thoughts with a biblical worldview. Additional topics include the scientific method, the biological bases of psychology, sensation and perception, learning, cognition, development, motivation, emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
- University of California (UC)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®)
- College Board
Recommended Grade Level(s):
11th – 12th
Course Types Available:
- 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
BIBLICAL INTEGRATION AT A GLANCE
Creation: God created man in His image (Genesis 1:27) to live in relationship with Him as well as with each other, to love and worship Him, to communicate truth, and to show His love and mercy to the world (1 Peter 4:8). The times and affairs of man are in God’s hands (Psalm 33:11); He has a plan for each and every one of His children’s lives (Jeremiah 1:5; 29:11). God orders the details of their brains and bodies with care. Man seeks to understand themselves in order to grow closer to the Father, but man cannot control these details of their bodies or lives. Mankind is fully at God’s mercy (Luke 12:22–26).
Fall: Man aspires to replace God’s authority with his own will, presumptuously believing he holds the ability and authority to coerce or intimidate all of creation to submit to him as he rebels against God (Genesis 3; 11). In his aim to dominate creation, mankind studies the human psyche and attempts to manipulate it in order to suit his own desires. Man wrongly thinks the power of his own psyche is sufficient to bring about the changes he desires in his life, aside from God. Human ills and conflict are the results of man’s choice to rebel against God’s original intent for man and the world (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 5:12).
Redemption: Man Man is accountable to God and earthly authority as an act of love and submission to our Creator. In so doing, man recognizes that his possessions and talents are to be used for the edification of his neighbor and to bring glory to God. This will lead to true stewardship, citizenship, community, and health (Genesis 1:28; Romans 12:18; 1 Peter 3:11; 4:10). Man seeks unity, justice, and reconciliation as he is guided by the principles of God’s Word to seek the grace of God (Isaiah 1:17; Micah 6:8; Ephesians 2:8; 4:32). In order to do so, God’s Word is stored in man’s memory and every thought is brought captive under Jesus Christ. Mankind studies his own psyche to become closer to God and to improve himself in order to better serve others. Self-improvement is best done through sanctification (receiving God’s grace and being set apart from former ways). Humanity can be redeemed, restored, and transformed through God’s power.