Psychology

If you want to understand people better, are interested in how the human brain works, or want to help those who may be struggling, earn your psychology degree in Indiana from Bethel University!

Our undergraduate program prepares students to serve their community and the world through helping others. Our focused bachelor’s program in psychology will also equip students to enter the job market following graduation, or to continue on into a master’s or doctoral level education.

Job Outlook

Bethel’s psychology program graduates are currently in high demand. We have received countless phone calls and emails from community agencies asking for our students to come apply. The community wants our graduates, and we receive high praise for the work our student interns provide in the South Bend/Mishawaka area.

Beyond our Indiana location, the job outlook is strong for students who major in psychology.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of psychologists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, with the best job prospects for those with a doctoral degree in an applied specialty. This growth rate is faster than the average for all occupations.*

The BLS shows a strong 16 percent growth from 2016 to 2026 for social workers. This, too, is much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialization and also be driven by increased demand for healthcare and social services.*

Our Psychology Program Partnerships

Bethel University has developed wonderful partnerships in the surrounding northern Indiana community and 100% of students in the program participate in internships including some international internships. Service learning opportunities through various courses in the program are available and provide students with the opportunity to apply learned content in an environment outside the classroom. One example of this was students in the Cognitive Psychology course used information gained about learning and memory to assist students at a local elementary school.

What Are Graduates Doing?

A small sampling of what our alumni are doing includes:
  • ABA therapist with individuals on the autism spectrum
  • mental health technician at a hospital
  • foster care case manager
  • social services coordinator
  • case manager for adults with severe mental illness and disabilities
Some of our graduates choose to continue their academic careers and pursue Master’s or Doctoral degrees. These alumni are working as:
  • clinical therapists
  • social worker
  • school psychologists  
  • professors
  • marriage and family therapists
Psychology student with child

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Real Experiences

The Bethel Difference

  • Bethel Psychology Club hosts events to build community with one another, and to serve others.
  • Students gathering in faculty homes, share meals together, celebrate holidays together and help each other succeed.
  • Hold seminars with speakers from local agencies
  • Host “survival seminars” for underclassmen, to get an inside scoop on how to be successful in more difficult courses.

Fully Engaged Faculty

  • The Psychology department at Bethel University has dedicated faculty who care about their students’ success and integration into the psychology bachelor program.
  • The faculty are eager to meet one-on-one with students to clarify any classroom material they need help with.
  • 100% of psychology majors are personally advised by a faculty member.
  • The faculty assists in planning the academic courses and gives insight on appropriate “next steps” students may need.
  • Additionally, 100% of faculty engage in mentoring relationships with students on campus.

Get to Know Us

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Norm Spivey

Norm Spivey

Degrees: Ph.D.
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Amber Beamer-Rohde

Amber Beamer-Rohde

Degrees: MSW
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Work: 574.807.7061
Terry C. Chi

Terry C. Chi

Degrees: Ph.D.
M.A.
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Work: 574.807.7167
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** BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK, PHYSIOLOGISTS and social workers, ON THE INTERNET AT https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm and https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm (Aug. 14, 2019).