Psychology is about more than understanding human behavior. It’s about improving it.
Students in the Department of Psychology explore the complexities of the mind. The major launches students into a variety of careers by helping them understand the scientific basis of human behavior and how to think critically and ethically about it. Students discover ways to apply this knowledge and explore their faith in real-world situations.
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Relating Human Behavior to Christian Faith
In the Department of Psychology, we study how the human mind works and why people behave the way they do. You'll add meaning to your career as you relate what you're learning to your Christian faith, discovering concepts such as the theory and history of psychology, the terms and principles of cognition and behavior, and research techniques. And your learning will be hands-on through unique internships in counseling offices, hospitals, corporations, churches, or other settings related to your interests and career goals. Here, studying psychology is about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
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We’re one of the few psychology programs that require an internship. This experience gives Bethel’s psych students an advantage when entering careers or graduate schools.
Research with professors
Our diverse faculty often includes students in their research in cutting-edge fields, such as neuroscience. Many of our students present their research at regional and national conferences.
Low unemployment rates
Typically only 1-3% of our alumni report being unemployed.
Study in Europe to learn about the European pioneers of psychology to broaden your understanding of the field.
Success in graduate school
35-50% of our students go on to graduate school, and report being very well prepared for their graduate programs.
Bethel University and the instructors in the graduate school program are very supportive and give real world examples. I have been able to change my career and transition into a new industry because of the Masters in Teaching program.Lawton Burgstahler '15
Current job: Buffalo Lake Hector Stewart High School Business Teacher
The Marriage and Family Therapy program at Bethel has far exceeded my expectations, I have gained a much stronger sense of what I am called to both personally and professionally.Esther Davis '18
Bethel prepared me in my career as a therapist, not by simply teaching me tools and interventions, but how to help people holistically through the integration of theology, cultural awareness, spiritual formation and family dynamics.Aaron Merritt '13
Current job: Therapist at Centerlife Counseling
Rarely does a week go by when I don't draw upon, or pass along to others, something I learned from my professors at Bethel. The foundation I received in Bible, theology, history and practical ministry continually blesses me.Tim Morey '98
Current job: Pastor/Professor/Author
I believe people will never forget what you made them feel, and the Organizational Leadership program will better help me make seniors feel loved.Jeena Gurung '15
Current job: Como Park Falcon Heights Living-at-Home Block Nurse Program
This was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. The professors and program exceeded my expectations. What I gained from the classroom, conversations, and curriculum has helped me go to the next level in life and leadership.Kevin Queen '11
Current job: Campus Pastor at 12Stone Church
Bethel's doctoral program is life-transforming! My passion for education was transformed into an extra ordinary achievement through the faith based curriculum offered and the dedication of the ever caring and encouraging instructors. My dream of servant leadership was fulfilled.Toke Olatoye '14
Current job: Chemistry teacher
Bethel's Athletic Training Education Program was an incredibly rewarding experience and has prepared me so well for my graduate studies in Physical Therapy. The classroom knowledge and immense amount of hands-on experience was more than I could have asked for.Megan Roschen '13
Grad School: Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
While interviewing with a Bethel alum for a position at UnitedHealth Group, the interviewer asked me to consider joining the International Audit department instead of the position for which I had applied. At the time, I had next to no idea what working in International Audit entailed! That same Bethel alum also connected me to the Healthcare Reform opportunity three years later. So, it’s safe to say that my career path was undeniably influenced by Bethel and this wonderful alum who decided to take a chance on me – not just once, but twice.Chin-Chin Lin '09
Current job: Project Manager, Health Care Reform Implementation, UnitedHealth Group
I loved attending Bethel. From the moment I started attending Bethel, I knew the faculty were invested in me. They cared about me, prayed for me, and genuinely wanted to see me succeed.Nanette Vogel '14
Current job: Clinical Development Specialist
The D.Min. program gave me tools to transform leadership at my local church. It is stronger, more effective, and service to the community has a greater impact. The credential is leading to other opportunities to help nonprofit leaders and organizations.Judy Austin '14
Current job: Executive Pastor, COO for a start-up organization
The theatre professors offer an individualized, supportive, and safe environment to explore what makes producing and performing theater so unique. They care about their students, their students' faith, and their students' craft. The intimate size of the department creates a close-knit community where students are led to grow and are challenged to become the best versions of themselves.Wes Mouri '12
Current job: Actor with the Guthrie Theater and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
At Bethel, integrating faith and learning isn't just talk. The faculty are working musicians bringing a Christian perspective to their everyday work. My education prompted deep thought about music's role in Christian experience and clarified my calling to share music.Nathan Cornelius '12
Grad school: Lilly Graduate Fellow pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts degree in guitar performance, concurrently with a Master of Music in music theory pedagogy, at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University; Earned M.M. in composition and guitar performance from the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver.
My grad school experience at Bethel was excellent. I really enjoyed the online classes in this program because they provided me with a quality educational experience and still fit in with my busy career and schedule.Jill Larson '15
Current job: Program Administrator at Heritage Academy of Science and Technology
This program is a great model for an educator who wants to pursue a career as an international administrator. It is challenging yet reachable, theory based yet practical in its application, and the professors are always willing to help.Shaun O'Rourke '18
Grad School: Ed. D. Bethel University
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:
- Psychology professors
- Clinical neuropsychologists
- Organizational psychologists
- School psychologists
- Physical therapists
- Physicians and dentists
- School administrators
- Speech Pathologists
- Behavior Therapists
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
Our alumni study:
- Counseling psychology
- Marriage and family therapy
- School psychology
- Clinical psychology
- Developmental psychology
- Social psychology
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Speech pathology
- Special education
- Medical school
- Physician assistant