Department Overview

The Department of Psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University emphasizes several features in striving for excellence in undergraduate education in order to:

  • Develop mature personalities in students, so they are able to meet problems of adjustment with realism and intelligence;
  • Integrate the religious faith of students with the study of psychology;
  • Prepare students who plan to undertake graduate study in psychology for careers related to mental health, such as Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical/Counseling Psychology, Social and Community Psychology, and Health Psychology;
  • Educate students preparing for careers in non-mental health-related fields, such as Church Ministry, Business, Medicine, and Law.

Department Mission

The PLNU Department of Psychology endeavors to create students who are psychologically knowledgeable, emotionally intelligent, and morally engaged. We desire to provide a perspective on psychology informed by the Christian faith and a vision of Christian living informed by psychology. Our graduates will be equipped for lives of character devoted to serving the common good of humanity and the Christian community.