The Psychology minor allows students to explore mental processes and behavior. The program examines psychological methods and perspectives not only in theory, but also in practice. Since the minor is broad in scope, it sheds light on situations in everyday life. It's also a flexible program, offering students an opportunity to combine it with another major.
Why should I study psychology?
Study how the human mind works—and why people behave as they do. Learn to integrate Christian perspectives with current psychological methods—and apply complex principles to everyday life.
At Bethel, we look at the hows and whys of mental processes and behavior. But it won’t be just through textbooks. Our professors encourage students to see how the principles they learn apply to real situations—and how to relate their work to their Christian faith.
The minor has limited required courses, which means you can choose courses based on your interests within the field of psychology.
What can I do with this degree?
Psychology as a minor provides an excellent complement to any career where the focus is working with people. Some students pair the minor with studies in biology, business, especially human resources and marketing, philosophy, Spanish, ministry-related studies, and many other fields.
What skills will I develop?
Through the psychology minor, you'll be acquainted with:
- Theory and history of psychology
- Terms and principles of cognition and behavior
- Research technique
- Laboratory and academic research
- Developmental psychology
- Behavioral analysis
- Understanding neuroscience perspectives
- Experimental design
- Data analysis
- Making connections between environment and the individual psyche
- Critical thinking
- Written and verbal communication
- Integrating faith with the field of psychology
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
Spend an interim term (January) in Europe learning about the European Pioneers in Psychology, earning credit toward the minor and your general education requirements. Or choose from a number of other available semester and interim term programs.
Participate in Psych Club with your peers, incorporating classroom learning with relevant social and cultural experiences and activities.