Major in Psychology

Interact with psychology • Prepare for your career or graduate school • Make an impact

Understand human behavior with the aim to help others

At JBU, you will be grounded in the core tenets of the discipline of psychology while gaining practical training and experience through supervised field experiences. Another key aspect of the program is a consistent and intentional integration of a Christian worldview with the discipline. You'll graduate prepared both for graduate training in psychology and for service in a variety of community mental health, Church-based and other social service settings.

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What to expect as a Psychology student at JBU

Earn a Master's Degree

JBU has developed a specific curriculum track in which you can earn a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling in five years.

Work with Accessible Professors

JBU’s psychology professors actively challenge you to consider the relationship between biblical truth and psychological truth through rigorous coursework and research projects.

Publish Your Research

As a Psychology student, you can submit your capstone empirical research project or publication in the Psychology department's online journal of undergraduate research: Initial Forays in Psychological Science.

Get Field Experience

You will gain field experience through placements in a variety of off-campus organizations and ministries where you observe professionals in their field.

Present Your Position

Every year, JBU psychology students present papers at national academic conferences like The Great Plains Honors Conference and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Tailor Your Degree

Choose an emphasis of study such as Child and Adolescent Development, Social Justice, Wilderness Counseling, or Intercultural Studies to learn more about your interests.

What can you do with a psychology degree? 

Go to Graduate School

You may choose to advance in a particular area of interest by attending graduate school. Advanced degrees are required for many careers in psychology.

Work in Case Management

You can work with both for profit and nonprofit organizations, daycare providers, half-way homes, youth/adult/senior citizen's programs, or group homes.

Work in Organizational Research and Evaluation

You can do this type of work for community centers, hospitals, adoption agencies, rehabilitation centers, or camp programs. As a Psychology major, you research data and write extensively, which is exactly what these positions require.

Work for the Department of Human Services

Many DHS departments look for graduates who have a background in psychology to work with children and families.

Go to Law School

Majoring in a liberal arts field like psychology combines well with a degree in law, as you learn to read extensively while maintaining knowledge of overall ideas, creating cohesive arguments, and finding research to back their arguments.

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