Pre-Therapeutic Psychology, minor

Program Overview

Do you dream of a career in which you have the chance to serve and care for others on a daily basis? Are you interested in learning more about the human psyche and how such knowledge will apply to your work in the field?  

If so, a minor in pre-therapeutic psychology could be a perfect fit for you. PLNU’s pre-therapeutic psychology minor is offered to non-psychology majors who desire an introductory understanding of therapeutic psychology. This minor is especially suited for students who plan to enter careers in helping professions, such as ministry, nursing, medicine, or social work.

Courses in abnormal psychology, human development, group dynamics, and more will give you the foundation you need to enhance your understanding of individuals and refine your relational skills, all while helping you cultivate your full potential as a caregiver in your career and community.

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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My time at PLNU was life-changing. I learned to think bigger and see the world as a bigger place. I became a critical thinker without sacrificing compassion. I became interested in travel and lifelong learning. I left with a clear understanding on how to gather information and draw conclusions. Most importantly, I left passionate about my field of study and went on to graduate work shortly after. I have worked in many different areas in my field of study and have enjoyed them all. I am grateful to have always had work that I enjoy. This I owe to my PLNU education.

Nicole (Cardoza) Weiss, Class of 1995
Therapist, Life Coach, Author

Career Opportunities

While a major in psychology will best prepare you for a career, students who graduate with a minor in pre-therapeutic psychology are given an advantage as they serve their communities.

A minor in pre-therapeutic psychology can contribute to careers in areas such as:

  • Teaching
  • Ministry
  • Health
  • Business
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