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Department Distinctives

Mission of the Psychology Program

The mission of the Messiah University Psychology Program is to educate its students in the theoretical, empirical, and applied areas of psychology on a foundation that is informed and shaped by the Christian faith. Our graduates will be prepared for graduate school or the work force, equipped for lives of character, intellect, and Christian faith.

Goals of the Psychology Program

In order to achieve its mission, the Psychology Program has adopted the following goals, the first ten of which come from the American Psychological Association’s goals for students:

  • Understanding the foundational content and conceptual/theoretical assumptions of psychology.
  • Understanding the research process, including finding, analyzing and integrating previous research, as well as designing and executing original research.
  • Gaining awareness of available practica, internships, entry level employment, and graduate level career opportunities in psychology related fields.
  • Gaining an understanding of the cultural forces that shape peoples’ lives, including the powerful role of faith.
  • Developing an understanding of the application of the APA Ethics Code, as well as personal and faith values to decision making within the field of Psychology.

Sociology & Criminal Justice Programs


Trained in professional research methods, ethics and written and oral communication, seniors propose, execute and present an original research-based thesis, consistent with graduate research standards. They earn an ethics certification from the National Institutes of Health, and are well-prepared for professions or graduate study.


All of our faculty members hold PhDs, are members of their respective national professional organizations, and are active members of Christian scholarly organizations. Emphasis is given to excellent teaching and learning that includes classroom activities, experiential learning and close faculty/student interaction. Faculty and alumni work closely to mentor and connect students with internship, research and employment opportunities. Our faculty encourages students to become effective, compassionate agents of change in the world.


Sociology and Criminal Justice majors have an efficient credit total, so it offers room for studying abroad, double majoring or adding a minor. Students are able to craft a unique and well-rounded college experience, tailored to their career interests. It is common for students to double major in nursing, business, pre-law and more.


Experienced in real world applications such as study abroad, research and internships. Students makes the most of Messiah University's excellent educational opportunities. Collaborating with the Career and Professional Development Center and the Intercultural Office, we facilitate real-world opportunities for students to study abroad and intern. Most of our department students go on at least one study abroad trip. We make professional development an integral part of students’ education.


Christian faith is integrated into the Sociology and Criminal Justice programs in all possible ways, including classroom curriculum, service, guest speakers, faculty research, and most importantly, a student’s daily experience with professors and classmates.

...Investigating social structure, justice, culture, race, gender, social inequality, globalization, and peace-making