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 education in the Athletic Training Program truly prepared me for my future beyond college. The faculty and staff in the program are phenomenal, and I am so blessed to have had each and every one of them!Michelle Rabedeaux 2014
Current job and grad school: PRN Athletic Trainer at Accelerated Rehab Systems; Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Des Moines University
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
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
Aside from giving me an extraordinary background in the Bible, Christian history, and theology, the BTS major allowed me to develop skills in close reading, research, and writing that continue to serve me well after graduation.Sara Misgen '13
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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
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The philosophy department at Bethel exposed me not only to challenging intellectual ideas, but also to new ways of thinking and learning. The experience helped to prepare me for the rigorous academic requirements of both law school and legal practice.Eva Rodelius '10
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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
Bethel has been intentional in helping me think about a dissertation from the beginning. The D.Min faculty are great, and Bethel does a fabulous job prepping students for success with their dissertation.Spencer Click '17
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Current job: Consultant
Bethel Seminary was a life changing experience, and it provided a safe and challenging community environment. Bethel affirmed my strengths, helped to identify my weaknesses, and enhanced my effectiveness as a teacher, leader, and a follower of Christ.Lorraine Carroll '14
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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