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Think about the possibilities with a psychology degree.

Dive into the complexity of the human brain and behavior with the psychology major at Bethany. Whether you plan to become a licensed counselor, research scientist, or pursue something completely different, a psychology degree opens a wide variety of career pathways for you simply because you have a solid understanding of people—and that is the key to success in almost any job.

Courses cover everything from cognitive processes and human development, to forensic psychology and psychotherapy. Through an engaging curriculum, you will learn major concepts and historical trends in the field, implement basic research methods, understand the use of critical thinking to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes, gain insight into effective strategies for self-management and improvement, and more.

Students completing a major in psychology can earn either a Bachelor of Arts degree (Psychology with a Human Services Emphasis) or a Bachelor of Science Degree (Psychology with a Scientific Emphasis, Psychology with a Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis, Psychology with a Pre-Occupational Therapy Emphasis).

Areas of Study

  • Psychology (Major)
  • Human Services Emphasis
  • Scientific Emphasis
  • Sports Psychology Emphasis
  • Psychology and Social Work (Major)
  • Pre-Art Therapy (Pre-Professional Program)
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy (Pre-Professional Program)
  • Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-Professional Program)

Why Bethany

Dual major in psychology & social work
Average size of a Psychology class is 20
Choose from a BA in Science or a BA in Arts psychology degree

Careers in Psychology

  • AI Engineer
  • Human Factors Engineer
  • Research Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • UX Designer
  • Professor
  • Attorney
  • Career Counselor
  • Caseworker
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Welfare Caseworker
  • Coach
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Customer Service Supervisor
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Human Resource Advisor
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Police Officer
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Psychologist/Psychiatrist
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Social Services Aide
  • Veterans Counselor
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Meet the Faculty

Adam M. Croom, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Psychology

Felicia Kademian-Saini, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Amanda Chappell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Parul Kalia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Psychology Courses

Prepare to examine why people act in a certain way and how they respond to the world around them. Whether you choose to pursue a graduate degree or enter directly into the workforce, you will benefit from expertly crafted courses that will uniquely prepare you for your lifelong career.

Your courses may include:

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
    Introduces the general field of psychology, including learning, motivation, sensation, perception, cognition, personality, abnormal behavior, testing, physiological psychology, and social psychology.
  • PSYC 230 Developmental Psychology
    Studies human development from conception through old age. Topics include the influence of genetics, socialization, cognitive growth, and physiological changes on all stages of life.
  • PSYC 328 Interpersonal Aspects of Psychotherapy and Counseling
    Covers the interpersonal characteristics, personality traits, and communication skills that are essential for successful counselors and psychotherapists.
  • PSYC 344 Forensic Psychology
    Reviews the applications of empirically-supported psychological theories to the criminal justice system. Theories in perception, personality, memory, problem-solving, and psycho-physiology are extended to explain validity of eyewitness testimony, lie detection devices, jury selection, jury decision-making, criminal profiling, and more.
  • PSYCH 470 Internship in Psychology
    Provides students with off-campus exposure to the work of professional psychologists. Students keep a journal documenting how their experiences relate to pertinent theories and practices of psychology.
  • PSYC 311 Experimental Methods in Cognitive Psychology
    This course provides students with the opportunity to investigate human cognitive functioning through experimental research. This course focuses on contemporary research in cognitive psychology and includes a laboratory component.
  • PSYC 313 Experimental Methods in Biopsychology
    This course provides students with the opportunity to investigate the biological basis of behavior through experimental research. This course focuses on contemporary research in biopsychology and includes a laboratory component.
  • PSYC 415 Systematic Psychology
    This course provides students with the opportunity to examine the systematic positions and theories that have been important throughout the history of psychology. This course is focused on major movements in psychological theory and the philosophy of psychology.
  • PSYC 430 Special Topics in Psychology
    Special Topics courses provide students with the opportunity for in-depth study of new areas of research within psychology. Each course focuses on a different theme or topic, for example, artificial intelligence, consciousness, positive psychology, psychology of language, and psychology of music.

Psychology Internship and Research Opportunities

An internship within the field of psychology will build skills in communication, critical thinking, research, and problem solving. It’s also a great way to explore the wide variety of career paths available to you as a psychology major!

Curious what internship opportunities are out there for psychology majors? Check out some examples.

  • Child Development Intern
  • Clinical Research Intern
  • Community Clinic Intern
  • Correctional Facility Intern
  • Forensic Science Intern
  • Psychology Teaching Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • School Psychologist Intern
  • Social Work Intern
  • Survey research
  • Behavioral research
  • Neuroscience research
  • Sports Psychology Intern