Studying psychology will prepare you to serve your community and the world by helping others.

The Psychology Department’s mission is to challenge each student’s mind by providing programs that develop competency in the skills and knowledge of the discipline; to enlarge each student’s vision by providing programs that develop analytical and critical thinking within the discipline; and to equip each student for lifelong service by providing programs that develop skills in experiential situations and interpersonal relationships, and prepare students for employment situations, and/or graduate or professional school

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With a bachelor's degree, you will have many career opportunities. You'll also be well prepared for graduate level work.

Major: 120 credit hours (includes 49-52 core classes + 34 for your major + 12 cognates + 22-25 electives)

Minor: 15-18 credit hours

Years to complete: four

For counseling degrees, we also offer the M.A. in Counseling fully online.

Real Experiences

Possible Careers

With a B.A.:
  • Personal aide to a student on the Autism Spectrum
  • Teacher, domestically and overseas
  • Mental health technician at a hospital
  • Community outreach director for local missions agency
  • Child advocate at local Women's Shelter
  • Marine animal trainer
  • Resident director
  • Youth director with ministry
  • Orphanage caretaker
  • Life enrichment coordinator at a facility for the elderly
  • Home-based care manager
  • Outpatient case manager
  • Foster care case manager
  • Child and adolescent case manager
  • Family resource specialist
  • Conflict resolution specialist
  • Social services coordinator
  • Residential treatment specialist
  • Family resource center director
  • Child and adolescent rehabilitation services provider 
  • Facility and operations technician at an in-patient rehab and behavioral health facility for people with criminal backgrounds
  • Behavioral health technician at a group home
  • Pregnancy resource center
  • Skills training specialist
  • Case manager for adults with severe mental illness and disabilities
  • Community counselor
With an advanced degree:
  • Social worker
  • Mental health counselor
  • Pastoral counselor
  • Community counselor
  • Counselor in the prison system
  • School/guidance counselor
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Child life specialist
  • School psychologist
  • Autism center therapist
  • Researcher
  • Professor
  • Speech language pathologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Clinician at a residential treatment facility
  • Mental health court therapist
  • Restorative justice coordinator


Psychology students have a wide variety of internship placement opportunities. Every student completes at least 150 internship hours (50 hours per credit hour). 

Service Learning

The psychology department is committed to providing students with engaging service learning opportunities which deepen the understanding of psychological principles while providing a valuable service to the local community. It is one more way in which we enable our students to take what they have learned in the classroom out into their daily lives.

Abnormal Psychology: Students will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to work with children and adults with differing abilities. Students spend 12 hours at Logan Center, which serves those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Real-life application of principles learned in the classroom makes the content applicable and relevant.

Psychology Club

The Psychology Club provides insight into the field through events and speakers. It offers opportunities to demonstrate leadership. 

Get to Know Us

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Norm Spivey

Norm Spivey

Degrees: Ph.D.
Stephanie Carlson

Stephanie Carlson

Degrees: Ph.D.
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7279
Amber Beamer-Rohde

Amber Beamer-Rohde

Degrees: MSW
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7061
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