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Bethel Launches Psychology Program for Working Adults

With a focus on practical application, the program will prepare students to work in mental health, social services, and related fields.

By Jenny Hudalla ’15, senior content specialist

January 17, 2019 | 11:15 a.m.

Earn your B.A. in psychology at Bethel University.

The new psychology program will be offered fully online, allowing students to start their degree anytime and finish in as few as two years.

In fall 2019, Bethel University will add a B.A. in Psychology to its growing suite of adult undergraduate programs. Offered fully online, the new program in the College of Adult & Professional Studies aims to acquaint students with the key concepts, theories, and scientific principles behind human thought and behavior.

“To me, the most important goal of education is to help people think,” says Program Director John Addleman. “I push students to come up with their own answers so they become good thinkers. I want them to use what they learn—in good conscience and with good reason—to understand and help people.”

As mental health issues and the need for strong relational skills grow, psychology has become one of the most popular and versatile degrees nationwide. Through courses in psychopathology, research methods, and social psychology, students will develop knowledge of human behavior and mental processes, basic counseling, and statistical analysis. They’ll also learn to apply their skills through hands-on projects and internships, which will position them well for careers in human resources, sales and marketing, social services, and healthcare.

"To me, the most important goal of education is to help people think. I push students to come up with their own answers so they become good thinkers. I want them to use what they learn—in good conscience and with good reason—to understand and help people."

— John Addleman, program director

With online coursework and rolling enrollment, the program is designed to fit the lives of busy adults across the country. Students can begin the program at any time and finish their degree in as few as two years, allowing them to remain rooted in their unique context. “The strengths of this program are the breadth and depth it provides in an efficient model,” says Joel Frederickson, professor of psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences. “The combination of the theoretical and application aspects of the discipline, all while attempting to understand how faith interacts with psychology, is what makes this program unique.”

The new offering will build upon the undergraduate psychology program’s long history of excellence in research, giving students a solid foundation for graduate study should they desire to pursue careers in counseling or higher education. With or without further schooling, Addleman says, psychology is an increasingly marketable degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the need for human and social service workers will increase by 16% over the next decade—much faster than the national average for all occupations.

“If you want to serve people, there are a ton of jobs out there,” says Addleman, who worked as a youth pastor, resident director, and professor before becoming a university administrator. “There’s a great need in our culture for people who understand other people and how they function. If you can apply that information, you’ll be better off in your career and personal life.”

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