As a Psychology major, you’ll study the very essence of being human, such as how we process information, learn, develop, and relate to others, as well as how our psychological functioning is influenced by biology and the social world in which we live.

At Bushnell University, we view psychology as an exciting journey into the study of one of God’s greatest creations. This exploration of the wonders of the mind and human behavior reveals the dimensions of His grace. As you study the basic psychological principles within the context of Christianity, you’ll be informed by both the Gospel and current research.

The Psychology major will prepare you for careers in mental health, counseling, as well as community and social services. It’s also a great major for those interested in people-oriented jobs like human resources, business, sales, marketing, and ministry.

Career Opportunities

Potential careers with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology include:

  • Correctional treatment specialist
  • Child care worker
  • Parole and probation officer
  • Social and human service assistant
  • Gerontology aide
  • Research and grant writer
  • Research assistant
  • Public relations specialist

Potential careers with a graduate degree, licensure, and/or credentials include:

  • Applied behavioral analysis
  • Counseling
  • Clinical psychology
  • Social work
  • Sport psychology
  • Forensic psychology

Campus Activities

The Psychology Club is very active in developing understanding and raising awareness of issues related to psychology. Many of our students have dedicated significant time to working in non-profit organizations, mental health and addiction clinics, and social service agencies.

Bushnell University Graduates

A major in Psychology will prepare you for graduate school in areas of psychology, counseling, or social work. Recent graduates in Psychology have gone on to graduate school in master’s programs in clinical mental health counseling and social work or have chosen to work in non-profit organizations and social service agencies. Psychology is a useful major or minor for those interested in people-oriented jobs like human resources, business, sales, marketing, and ministry.

“I appreciate the one-on-one attention with professors, small class sizes, and how Bushnell University offers more than just textbook learning. I have been able to engage theories and concepts in a real-life format. The more I learn, the more I come to realize just how great our God is.”

– Linsey Johnson ‘14

Courses in the Psychology Major

Prerequisites for Psychology

  • Human Biology with Lab, General Biology with Lab, or Principles of Living Organisms with Lab
  • Introduction to College Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • General Psychology
  • English Composition

Requirements for Psychology

  • Human Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Cognition
  • Biological Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Senior Capstone
  • Choose one of the additional requirements options below:

+Forensic Psychology Concentration or

+Psychology without a Concentration

+Psychology of Learning

+Theories of Personality

+Choose one:

+Research practicum

+Internship

Choose three of the following approved electives:

  • Theological Exploration of Psychology and Vocation
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Special Topics
  • Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Psychometrics
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Introduction to Counseling Skills
  • Psychology of Trauma

Courses in the Forensic Psychology Concentration

Prerequisites for Forensic Psychology Concentration

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Intro to Criminal Justice

Requirements for  Forensic Psychology Concentration

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Internship

Choose two of the following…

  • Corrections in the 21st Century
  • Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Victimology

Choose two of the following…

  • Theories of Personality
  • Theological Exploration of Psychology and Vocation
  • Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
  • Psychometrics
  • Introduction to Counseling Skills
  • Psychology of Trauma

Courses in the Minor

Prerequisites for the Minor

  • General Psychology

Requirements for the Minor

  • Human Development
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • Cognition
    • Forensic Psychology
    • Theories of Personality
    • Biological Psychology
    • Psychology of Religion
Dean of Psychology and Counseling:
School of Psychology and Counseling
Ryan Melton, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Psychology and Counseling
Associate Professor of Counseling

Ph.D. Oregon State University M.A. Pacific University B.A. Pacific University

Mary Ann Winter-Messiers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. University of Oregon M.S. University of Oregon Maîtrise Université de Paris-IV La Sorbonne Liçence …

School of Psychology and Counseling
Reed Mueller, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology