Psychology

Psychologists find great meaning in helping other people build lives of wellness and emotional resilience. If you think about it, most jobs involve working with people which means the possibilities of where a Psychology degree can take you are endless.

Why Study Psychology at CUW?

A CUW degree in Psychology offers you:

  • A program grounded in science and applied through a life of Christian service
  • Supervised practical experience in local agencies and institutions
  • Service learning that combines community service with instruction and reflection
  • Appreciation for the magnificence of God viewed through human diversity

What You’ll Learn in the Psychology Program

CUW’s Psychology program teaches you:

  • The procedures, principles, theories, and vocabulary of psychology
  • How to perform basic research and formulate theories
  • The developmental stages and psychological growth of human beings from conception to death
  • Research skills and methods including experiment design, control, data collection and analysis
  • Current therapy approaches used to treat behavioral disorders
  • How the human mind learns, understands, and perceives the world and how individual preferences shape those views
  • The skills and knowledge needed to pursue graduate study

Mission Statement

The mission of the psychology program is to increase the awareness of the boundaries and applications of psychology, foster intellectual development and problem solving, and encourage students to serve others within the context of Christian faith. The psychology program is committed to cultivating multicultural awareness and appreciation for the magnificence of God viewed through human diversity. The program prepares students to pursue helping professions and/or graduate study.

Curriculum

Psychology majors study interpersonal communications, personality theories, research methods, and the span of human development through all stages of life. Please see our course catalog for details.

Career Choices in Psychology

A bachelor’s degree in Psychology can set you up for any number of career opportunities including:

  • Social work
  • Health care administration
  • Clinical psychology
  • Academia
  • Judicial settings
  • Human services
  • Business and industry
  • Scientific research
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Private practice
  • State government

Complementary Majors/Minors

A psychology minor is an asset to a wide variety of college majors. Here are just a few of the career fields that a Psychology minor would complement:


  • Bioethics
  • Business
  • Church Work/Lay Ministry
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Human Relations
  • Management
  • Marketing

  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Seminary
  • Rehabilitation Science
  • Social Work
  • Theology


Graduate Studies

Many students major in Psychology with the goal of applying to graduate school. To learn more about the areas of graduate study and the types of careers they prepare you for, talk with your academic advisor and check out Robert J. Sternberg’s book Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You.

Faculty

Dr. Rachel F. Pickett
Prof. Tracy Tuffey
Dr. Lynne Goeldner
Dr. Beverly Yahnke