College of Psychology & Counseling

Message from the Dean

Laura L. Steele, Psy.D., Dean of the College of Psychology and Counseling


Welcome to Hope International University’s College of Psychology and Counseling.

Hope International University is an excellent place to pursue your degree. We believe that the College of Psychology and Counseling will offer you a life-changing experience.

Hope International University has been providing higher education for more than 80 years. In the College of Psychology and Counseling, we offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and counseling, human development, and marriage and family therapy. 

In the College of Psychology and Counseling, your dream of a traditional college experience, earning a degree, changing or advancing in your career, or attending graduate school can become a reality. We strive to provide the highest quality of education for our students, with degree programs specifically designed to meet the needs of students seeking a traditional college experience, as well as the needs of busy working adults who must balance marriage, family, work, and church.

In order to best equip students, our faculty strive to design curriculum that weaves together theory, practical application and research throughout each program. We are committed to building and maintaining a supportive Christ-centered community, with strong relationships between students, faculty, and alumni. 

All of our programs are approached with a deep sense of dedication to provide the highest quality of education. Programs combine theory with practical experience and are presented in both a traditional classroom setting, as well as online format.

Our graduates serve across America and around the world in diverse careers in ministry, health care agencies, government organizations, and other venues. 

We believe that the College of Psychology and Counseling provides a unique educational experience, combining the best classroom and experiential leaning, under the mentorship of committed Christian faculty. As we continue to design strong programs and advance the mission of Hope International University, we welcome you. 

Laura L. Steele, Psy.D.

Dean, College of Psychology and Counseling


At Hope the Psychology major is designed to provide those desiring careers in professional psychology with the preparation needed to enter graduate study.

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Psychology - Child and Adolescent Development Concentration

Students who wish to focus on child and adolescent studies in preparation for careers in related fields, may pursue a Concentration in Child Adolescent Development, with either a Psychology or Social Science Major.

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Psychology - Child Life Specialist Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with Child Life Concentration aims to provide students with supervised experience in health care settings and the ability to work with individuals and groups of children.

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Psychology - Infant, Toddler Mental Health Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Infant and Toddler Mental Health is designed to help students strengthen their understanding of the social well-being and emotional development of infants and toddlers.

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Psychology - Media Psychology

Media Psychology is a multidisciplinary concentration which explores the relationship between people and technology and media.

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Psychology - Sport Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program with a concentration in Sport Psychology is a multidisciplinary degree designed to introduce students to the science and ethical practice in the field of sport psychology.

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Psychology Minor

The Psychology Minor is designed to provide additional preparation for those who have chosen a different major.

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