100% of students gain real-world experience through internships.


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Psychology Major
This program is designed to prepare you for graduate school; however, there are many career options with a bachelor's degree.

Major: 120 credit hours (includes 49-52 core classes + 34 for your major + 12 cognates + 22-25 electives)

Minor: 15-18 credit hours

Years to complete: four


Internships and Service Learning

For internships and service projects, our psychology students have a wide variety of placement opportunities. They must fulfill their internship requirements of at least 3 credit hours or approximately 150 hours (50 hours per credit hour). In the area of service learning, the psychology department is committed to providing students with engaging service opportunities, which deepen the understanding of psychological principles while providing a valuable service to the local community.

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Career Possibilities

There are a surprising number of options available for students who graduate with a bachelor's degree. It is possible to get a job in social work, for example, with an undergraduate degree. Or, consider a career as a mental health technician in a hospital, an orphanage caretaker, or a position in a pregnancy resource center.

Advanced studies can provide you the training needed to work as professor, researcher, clinical psychologist or speech language pathologist. Our students have gone on to study at many top schools.

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Real-Life Stories

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Alumni feature: Charity

"Being an intern at The Antioch Group (Illinois) was an amazing experience. The opportunity to learn from counselors in a Christian Counseling setting was invaluable. It was wonderful to see what the daily life of a counselor is like and it made me even more confidant of what I want to do."


Student feature: Rebecca

"I want to go to grad school to get my Ph.D. in clinical psychology. I really feel like my professors and my classes here have prepared me to do well in the field of psychology! I would love to work with clinical populations, and to have the privilege of coming along side people to help them achieve their goals! I think that this program, along with the relationships I have had with both my professors and fellow students, have made a firm foundation from which to build the rest of my education and career. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a close knit department!"

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Learn more about the department, find out about events, view pictures and see what we're up to by following us on Facebook.

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Psychology Club provides insight into the field through events and speakers. It offers opportunities to demonstrate leadership.

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Questions? We are happy to meet to talk about the psychology program and how you fit into it. Let us take you to lunch.

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Staff & Faculty

Norman Spivey has a B.A. in Psychology, Montana State University-Billings (1977), an M.A. in Psychology, University of Northern Colorado (1986), and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Northern Colorado (1994).

His areas of specialization include educational psychology, developmental psychology and learning theory. Research interests are in listening comprehension, reading comprehension, comprehension monitoring and cognitive factors influencing peak performance.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Stephanie Carlson has a B.A. in Psychology from Olivet Nazarene University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Northern Illinois University.

She specializes in behavioral neuroscience. She is an expert in stress management, aging and the auditory system, interventions for canine behavioral problems, and biological predispositions to behavior in relation to the Christian world view.

Carlson is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Amber Beamer-Rohde has a Master of Social Worker degree and is a licensed clinical social worker. She owns a clinical private practice and facilitates individual and family therapy for the surrounding community.

Beamer-Rohde is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Christian Counselors. In addition to teaching, she provides both private, and public community presentations; in conjunction with different lecture series throughout the Northern Indiana region.

Melissa Hamil received her undergraduate degree from Bethel College in 2007, and her Master’s in Education in 2008. In 2015, she received her doctorate in School Psychology from Indiana State University. She is a Licensed School Psychologist employed by the South Bend School Corporation. Hamil is a member of APA, NASP and IASP.