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.
My foundational education at Bethel really influenced my choice to pursue academic medicine instead of just clinical care. I’m so appreciative of the professors and their gift of incredible dedication to their students, while always giving God the glory!Jonathan Eliason '92
Current Job: S. Martin Lindenauer Collegiate Professor of Vascular Surgery; Co-Director, CVC-Multidisciplinary Aortic Program; Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Michigan
My leadership mission is to be the voice for those who don't have the strength to speak. Bethel guided me down a path to serve that mission in a way I never dreamt existed.Julie Kline '15
My degree has not only enhanced my knowledge of the Bible, theology, and Church history, it taught me how to engage my faith in a world that is full of different ideas, beliefs, and faith practices.Daniel Commerford '08
Current job: Senior Pastor, Bethany Presbyterian Church (Covington, Ga.)
The sense of community within the PA program at Bethel is something I appreciate greatly. The teachers and students are all on the same team - we want to become the best people and medical providers we can be.Sarah Field '16
As a Christian in the workplace, I am able to connect with people on a different level. I know my reason for being there and do my part to create an encouraging work environment for my coworkers. I hope my attitude is a positive example observable through the way I make decisions, treat my clients, and strive for excellence every day.Andrew Vennerstrom '07
Current job: Customer Account Manager, Frozen Organic Products, General Mills
The hardest part was taking the first step. Seeing success in my future has been difficult for me; but faculty and classmates have reversed that since they continually support and believe in my potential.Karmen Silewski '16
History majors are perhaps more prevalent in the corporate world than you think. The habits of research, writing and critical thinking built from a history degree are vital in any field. The ability to critically evaluate sources is particularly valuable.Tim Goddard '04
Current job: Vice President of Marketing, Corum Group Ltd
I'm continually grateful for the education I received from the Athletic Training Program! I feel completely prepared for my job and know that I will always have close friends and mentors among the professors!Megan Roschen '13
Grad school: Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
My experience at Bethel University was an enjoyable and challenging one. The program and professors at Bethel gave me a broader view of nursing and helped prepare me for a better career. I'm forever grateful for the training I received.Manny Smith '13
Current job: Nurse Manager
Students have opportunities to meet industry professionals through faculty, performances, master classes, or auditions. By graduation, I had completed master classes with individuals from NYC, Minnesota Opera, and Orchestra Hall.Ruthanne Heyward '11
Current job: Working as a performing artist and actor in NYC
Bethel's Athletic Training Education Program is a family! I still consider my classmates as brothers and sisters in life and in Christ. The professors are our friends and mentors, always there for support, laughs, prayer, fun, knowledge, and spiritual growth.Megan Roschen '13
Grad School: Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
Spain Term changed my life. God showed me a beautiful culture and people in need of Him. After graduation, I returned to complete a masters in Spanish and literature, and then taught at a private school in Madrid.Lauren Borst '09
Current job: Spanish Teacher at The Altamont School, Birmingham, Alabama
The experiences and education that I received in the Biokinetics program at Bethel have been invaluable to me as a current full-time graduate student. I chose the Biokinetics program in order to be as fully prepared as possible. I wouldn't trade my undergraduate experience for anything.Krista Nauman '12
Grad school: Bethel University Physician Assistant Program
Christ is the center of my life, so it only makes sense that He is the center of my education.Jennifer Mckinney '15
Before coming to Bethel I was already driven to pursue certain ultimate questions about human existence. For instance, questions about the meaning of life, the nature of the human person, the nature and objectivity of ethics, the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, and so on. When I came to Bethel as a philosophy major I felt like I had found a home. I found a supportive and caring community of people, among both fellow students and the faculty, with whom I could engage in shared philosophical enquiry into questions that are of great significance for human life.David McPherson, Ph.D. '05
Current job: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Creighton 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