- Psychology (B.A. or B.S.)
Psychology (B.A. or B.S.)
With a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Messiah College, you’ll be well prepared for many entry-level positions or graduate school.
We’ve built this major to provide you with maximum flexibility! As a psychology major at Messiah College, you can easily pick up a minor, pursue a double major, study abroad, or even do multiple internships.
In this major, you’ll study how humans think, feel, and behave; conduct research in areas such as motivation, thinking, attention, learning, effects of substance use and abuse, and genetic and neurological factors in behavior; and be mentored by our caring professors who are also committed Christians. Our faculty encourages you to stretch yourself. They want you to really experience your education through hands-on learning opportunities.
You’ll find that our program challenges you to think deeply about how to integrate your Christian faith with the study of psychology, and when you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to enter the work force in a wide variety of psychology-related positions including: case manager, rehabilitation specialist, or crime victim advocate. You may also decide to pursue graduate studies just like nearly 50% of our graduates do each year.
As a psychology major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Work alongside faculty on research projects that result in presentations and publications. Recently, five students worked with faculty on a study of body image and spirituality.
- Learn how to use client interview, testing, and observation methods.
- Delve into challenging courses such as Life Span Development, Abnormal Psychology, Group Dynamics, and Statistical Methods in Psychology.
- Gain valuable work experience through internships as a case manager, crisis worker, therapeutic staff support, residential or school counselor, psychiatric assistant, or youth worker.
- Take advantage of the major’s flexibility by adding a minor, double major, or semester abroad.
- Participate in the senior honors project—a yearlong research project directed by a faculty member resulting in formal presentations to students and faculty.
- Join Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology.