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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.

To earn an undergraduate degree from Bethel, you will need a total of 122 credits. The listed number of required credits is based on a minimum of 60 transfer credits from previous professional, military, or educational experiences.

If you are applying with fewer credits, your enrollment counselor can help explore options for obtaining additional credits.


Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits


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2 years


  • Counseling Microskills (ADST445)

    Examination of effective counseling skills that combines theoretical understanding and hands-on practice of essential microskills. Engagement in development of “self of the therapist” through reflective practice and observation of self and others.

    4 credits

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC100)

    Methods, theories, and principal findings of psychological investigation.

    2 credits

  • Lifespan Development (PSYC205)

    Identification of the various stages of life from conception to death. Examination of the perspectives of various developmental theorists and their roles in historical, contemporary, and controversial issues. Analysis of the biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial domains and their contribution to human development while maintaining a focus on individual differences.

    4 credits

  • Social Psychology (PSYC220)

    Exploration of key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in social psychology (including conformity, persuasion, social cognition, attraction, altruism, aggression, prejudice, and group behavior). Applications of social psychological principles to everyday life. Interpret and critique phenomena and controversial topics in social psychology.

    4 credits

  • Racial Trauma (PSYC330)

    Review of the origins and impact of Racial Trauma on the individual, family, and community. Examination of the differences and similarities between personal or psychological trauma, historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, structural and institutional trauma, secondary trauma, and vicarious trauma. Recognition of the signs and symptoms of Race Based Traumatic Stress and make appropriate referral for support services. Exploration of individual and group or communal approaches to healing from Racial Trauma, and to prevent burnout and enhance self-care.

    4 credits

  • Introduction to Statistics (PSYC335)

    Introduction to descriptive, correlational, non-parametric, and inferential statistics and the use of research and statistics in society. Perform and interpret statistical analyses. Understand statistical analyses in published research articles.

    4 credits

  • Psychopathology (PSYC340)

    Classification, causes, symptoms, treatment, and identification of various forms of psychopathology. Analysis of faith based and secular perspectives of psychopathology. Survey of some major issues in the study of psychopathology. Critique research in the field of psychopathology.

    4 credits

  • The Body's Response to Trauma (PSYC345)

    Critically examine trauma's effect on the human brain. Explanation of how traumatic memories are stored in the brain. Examination of the fight/flight/freeze response and polyvagal theory. Exploration of the mind/body/spirit connections of trauma and what is dissociation. Description of repressed memory.

    2 credits

  • Trauma Informed Care (PSYC350)

    Examination of common symptoms of trauma, exploration of current trends in trauma treatment, and appraisal of evidence-based trauma treatments. Investigation of the current mental health crisis, with special focus on prevalence and treatment of PTSD in the military. Consideration of the role of religion/spirituality in the healing process.

    4 credits

  • Motivation and Emotion (PSYC380)

    Explain how biological, environmental, cognitive, emotional, and personal systems interact to initiate and direct human behavior. Evaluate how experimental psychologists study emotional and motivational systems. Identify connections between personal faith and/or beliefs, motivation, and emotion..

    4 credits

  • Research Methods (PSYC400)

    Analysis of standard research methods and designs in empirical social sciences research. Application of empirical research and ethical practices with human subjects from various backgrounds. Critically evaluate published research. Application of research methods to answer a proposed research question.

    4 credits

  • Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective (PSYC435)

    Introduction to contemporary, historical, and cross-cultural perspectives on diversity. Identification of values and assumptions underlying these systems, roles, and intergenerational relationships within the context of family. Evaluation of the personal impact of theological, cultural, and historical perspectives of diversity of family. Examination of the impact that chemical dependency and mental health issues have on diversity.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Addictions Counseling (PSYC450)

    Examination of addiction from a variety of perspectives and evaluation of the twelve core functions of an addictions counselor. Description of the process of change in the context of the continuum of care. Cultivation of a personal philosophy around spirituality and addiction.

    3 credits

  • Internship and Seminar (PSYC480)

    A supervised, applied learning experience in the work world. Includes an online seminar component with students and instructor. Application of psychology to the workplace, personal worldview and careers, emotional intelligence. Development of effective workplace relationships, cultural competence, self-career planning, ethical issues, self-care, work-life balance, job search strategies, and professional development strategies.

    2 credits

  • Senior Seminar (PSYC490)

    An in-depth exploration of a psychological topic of the student’s choosing. Review of foundational issues explored throughout the psychology program.

    2 credits

  • CORE Courses

    A distinctive feature of Bethel's programs is our commitment to the development of the whole person. In addition to courses within a program, students explore personal values and faith formation in a hospitable environment that respects learning from one another's perspectives. Rather than teaching students what to think about Christianity, we teach students how to think about the Bible, Christian history, and personal faith.

    • Examining Crucial Questions (CORE330H)

      Summary of the Christian biblical narrative. Identification of the roles of scripture, history, experience, and reason, as they form convictions related to social and ethical issues. Examination of selected theological concepts using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, as well as the application of those concepts to real life situations.

      4 credits


Bethel University cannot confirm whether courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of Minnesota. Students should contact their program's licensing bureau to determine whether Bethel's program meets requirements for licensure in their state.