Psychology program

Psychology Program

Bachelor of Arts

With a psychology degree, you’ll do more than ask questions—you’ll prepare to become part of the solution.

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Discover learning that fits your life. In Bethel's B.A. in Psychology program, you’ll study the science behind human thought and behavior while developing leadership, critical thinking, and research skills. In addition to gaining a strong foundation in the key concepts, theories, and trends in the field of psychology, you’ll learn to address the growing impact of trauma on individuals and groups. With the expertise you develop, you’ll be prepared for careers in mental health, social services, and related fields—so that you can help the people who need it most.

Program Details

Our B.A. in Psychology program is designed for students with busy lives who want to execute their goals and advance their careers. Featuring convenient schedules, online courses, and hands-on learning experiences, the psychology program will position you well for success in a variety of fields. You can also study psychology or psychological trauma as minors combined with another program.

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Program Highlights

Trauma-informed approach

As a hallmark of our program, our trauma-informed approach to psychology will teach you to recognize how trauma affects the body and provide individualized care to those who need it most.

Free course resources

We’ve eliminated all course resource costs for this program. Instead of buying textbooks, you’ll save time and money with access to free digital Open Educational Resources and Library eResources.

Ethics-based instruction

You'll work alongside expert professors who will challenge you to think critically about complex issues and grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.

Real-world application

Through a required internship and hands-on experience with analysis, counseling, and research, you'll learn to apply your skills in your professional and personal life.

Leadership development

As you study the processes behind human behavior, you'll develop the skills necessary to guide people in their efforts to understand their own thoughts and actions.

Flexible format

With fully online coursework and dynamic enrollment, our psychology program will allow you to begin your degree at any time and work at the pace that’s right for you.

New Trauma Emphasis for Psychology Students in the College of Adult & Professional Studies

College of Adult and Professional Studies students pursuing their bachelor’s degree in psychology can now add a trauma emphasis to their major. Three newly developed courses are being offered without any prerequisites in order to better facilitate a trauma-informed program.

February 17, 2023 | 10 a.m.


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In Bethel’s B.A. in Psychology program, you'll learn through the lens of our unique, trauma-informed approach to psychology—but it won’t just be through textbooks. You'll have opportunities to participate in research and gain significant hands-on experience that will set you apart in the job market. When you graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you'll also be qualified for admission to Bethel's M.A. in Counseling and M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy programs.


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Career Outcomes

Wondering what you can do with a psychology degree?

Earning your B.A. in Psychology will open a world of possibilities. As mental health issues and the need for strong relational skills grow, the knowledge and skills you’ll gain in this program will position you to make meaningful contributions in almost any vocation.


You'll develop knowledge of:

  • Terms and principles of cognition and behavior
  • Research techniques
  • Statistics
  • Behavioral analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Basic counseling theories and skills
  • Critical thinking


Our graduates are prepared to work as:

  • Case managers
  • Crisis workers
  • Residential counselors
  • Direct care staff
  • Behavioral health specialists
  • Human resource specialists
  • Researchers
  • Youth workers

Graduate Fields

You can go on to study:

  • Counseling psychology
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Gerontology
  • Social work
  • Human services
  • Sociology
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