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Learn to ask “why?” Then explore some answers to that question.

Bethel’s department of psychology challenges you to look at the hows and whys of mental processes and behaviors. But we don’t just do it through textbooks. Our professors help students apply complex principles to everyday life, and integrate a Christian perspective with current psychological science.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Neuroscience Major
Psychology Major Minor

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Study how the human mind works and why people behave the way they do.

Explore motivation and behavior and get hands-on experience in researching your questions and theories. Learn to integrate your learning with your Christian faith and discover relevant concepts in the history and theory of psychology, the principles of cognition and behavior, and techniques of research and interpretation of data. Then take what you’re learning and apply it  through a practical internship in places like counseling offices, hospitals, corporations, churches, and other settings tailored to your interests, passions, and career goals.

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Up to 50%

recent psychology alumni went on to graduate school


psychology majors

Program Highlights

Research with professors

Our accomplished faculty members often give students opportunities to collaborate in their research, in cutting-edge fields such as neuroscience. Many of our students present their research at regional and national conferences. 

Experiential learning

Senior capstone experiences, either an internship or intensive research, provide practical opportunities, giving Bethel’s psychology students an advantage when entering careers or graduate schools.

Relevant certificates

Bethel offers optional certificates in addiction studies or alcohol and drug counseling, which you can complete as an undergraduate.

International travel

Study in Europe to learn about the European pioneers of psychology and broaden your understanding of the field.

What can I do with a psychology major?

Psychology majors at Bethel prepare for careers in the helping professions or for graduate study. They become counselors, school psychologists, behavior therapists, and other specialists in the helping professions and more.


Psychology graduates are:

  • Counselors
  • Psychology professors
  • Clinical neuropsychologists
  • Organizational psychologists
  • School psychologists
  • Statisticians
  • Physical therapists
  • Physicians and dentists
  • School administrators
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Behavior Therapists

Graduate Schools

Our alumni attend:

  • Bethel’s Graduate School or Seminary
  • University of Michigan
  • Kansas University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Boston College
  • Marquette University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Washington
  • Southern Illinois University
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of St. Mary’s

Graduate Fields

Our alumni study:

  • Counseling psychology
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • School psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Clinical psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Speech pathology
  • Special education
  • Medical school
  • Physician assistant