Are you fascinated by the complexities of the human mind? Can you imagine yourself in a rewarding career that allows you the opportunity to care for others?
If so, a degree in psychology could be the right choice for you. PLNU psychology majors explore contemporary theories of psychotherapy while developing an understanding of emotional and cognitive processes through a Christian lens. With a major in psychology, you will experience purposeful learning aimed at not only preparing you for your career, but also developing your capacity to care for those around you.
You can also look forward to our practicum program, in which you will acquire hands-on training through a community mental health or social service agency. Supervised by an agency representative and a psychology professor, this practicum is an effective way for you to complement coursework with real-world experience.
Psychology majors have the opportunity to choose one of three concentrations:
- General Psychology: Offers the most flexibility of the three concentrations, giving you a strong foundation in psychology’s core competencies with the option of supplementing your required courses with electives that most interest you.
- Therapeutic & Community Psychology: This is a great concentration for those who want to pursue a career in mental health care or attend graduate school. Courses in family development, psychotherapy, community interventions, and more will prepare you for your life’s work.
- Character, Morality & Culture: This is a unique concentration tailored to those interested in fields such as ministry, spiritual development, and childcare — careers that offer a significant level of demonstrated compassion and care. It offers a closer look into the many ways faith is enriched by the science of psychology, providing an opportunity for students to learn how to give beyond themselves and invest their lives into those of others.