B.A. Psychology

At Hope the Psychology major is designed to provide those desiring careers in professional psychology with the preparation needed to enter graduate study. It is also designed to provide a strong liberal arts education for those careers in which knowledge of psychology can be essential, such as counseling, teaching, human resources, ministry, marketing, and many more. Christian perspectives are thoughtfully integrated with psychological principles, allowing students to examine the bridges and tensions between psychological theories and their Christian faith.

The B.A. in Psychology program is 126 units.


Career Opportunities

  • Counseling
  • Research
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Social Work
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Teaching
  • Educational/School Psychology
  • Marriage and Family Therapy

Career resources

Interesting Courses

  • Counseling Theories
  • Counseling Skills Development
  • Psychology and Religion
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Psychological Testing

Real World Opportunities

Mental Health Counseling: Students are provided with opportunities to volunteer at local mental health hospitals and non-profit family and youth organizations.

Research: Students have the opportunity to work closely with the psychology faculty conducting research experiments. Several students have presented these research studies at local conferences. For a list of student presentations, please click here.

Psychology Club: The Psychology Club is a student run organization that provides fellowship and guidance for those pursuing a career in the field of psychology. Volunteer opportunities are also available through the psychology club.


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Featured Student

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Angie Sprague
Psychology Major

"My psychology professors are amazing - they have extensive experience in their fields and have a lot to offer their students in terms of knowledge and insight. Our class sizes are small and the teachers care about our success on a personal level. The best part is that we have fun. The professors in the department have great personalities and have given me a new love for psychology and a deeper insight into life."

Featured Student

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Lani Smith
Psychology Major

"The faculty really cares about us as individuals. They have helped me with everything from finding scholarship money to career counseling to working through emotional and spiritual struggles. They have even facilitated my professional development through connecting me to experienced professionals in my field of study and helping me present my research findings at the Western Psychological Association. The Psychology department has truly helped me to become the person I am today, and I know I could not have gotten that at any other university."

Featured Student

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Lani Smith
Psychology Major

"My experience in the psychology department at Hope has truly been priceless. Psychology is one of the few majors that helps you learn about yourself just as much as the subject matter. I know I can confidently face my chosen career field and graduate school because the psychology department has more than prepared me - it has gotten me excited about my education!"