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Psychology

This degree prepares student to work in various areas of psychology, including child psychology and clinical research. Psychology is often studied as a dual-degree program with disciplines like education and business, leading to a wide variety of career paths.

Overview

Psychology is the foundation for many, if not all, careers and professions. Students who choose this major are often interested in making a difference in the world and an impact in people’s lives. Students develop a deeper understanding of the mind, how it works, and how it affects behavior. They have the opportunity to engage in meaningful classroom instruction and discussions that promote personal growth and exploration.  

The Department of Psychology and Crime, Law & Justice at Eastern Nazarene College offers students a choice between between three distinct degree tracks, including two Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees and one Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The primary difference between the B.A. and B.S. degree tracks is a greater emphasis on the humanities and application to specific populations with the B.A. tracks and a greater emphasis on advanced research methods and clinical theory and practice with the B.S. track. Additionally, each of the degree programs provides ample opportunities for the integration of Christian faith with the art and science of psychology, including internship experiences and opportunities for collaborative and individual research during the student’s four years at Eastern Nazarene College.

All students pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology participate in a supervised field experience that is designed around their interests and future career plans in psychology.Students who choose the clinical and research track are exposed to current research paradigms in psychology and have the opportunity to propose, design, and participate in a research project. The campus’ close proximity to Boston, a leading hub for innovation and research, gives students access to the latest information and research in the field of psychology. Finally, students at Eastern Nazarene College are encouraged to participate in clubs and activities that promote student learning and development like PsiChi.

 

Career Paths

Psychology ranks among the top three majors at the undergraduate level. Psychology jobs are expected to soar between 2014-2024 at a rate of 19 percent. This is due in part to the need for trained psychologists in mental health centers, schools, social service agencies, mental health centers, and business. Although the most common career goal of undergraduate psychology students is to become a psychologist or counselor, there are many paths a student can pursue with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Many students enter the workforce as a specialist or technician in human and social services or education.  Some jobs students commonly pursue upon graduation include case manager, human resources manager, school counselor, laboratory assistant, and career counselor.

Undergraduate Catalog

For course descriptions, requirements, focus areas, options, and other program details see the full current undergraduate catalog.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the BA in Psychology degree in Social Relations or in Child and Adolescent Development, graduates will be able to:

  • Know the major theoretical perspectives that are reflected in the discipline, including the definitions of basic terms and concepts associated with each major theoretical perspective.
  • Understand the purpose of psychological inquiry and the role it plays in social science.
  • Understand the ways in which biological, psychological, and socio-cultural influences interact to produce different behaviors or mental processes.
  • Understand the relationship between psychological theory and everyday human experience and behavior, including the dynamics of religious faith.
  • Apply research methods in a group project, collecting and analyzing original data.
  • Engage in fieldwork that provides the opportunity to integrate theory and practice.
  • Capture new photographs representing privilege, oppression, and social justice and explain why/how these pictures are reflective of the concepts.
  • Write a research paper applying APA writing style and present their findings to the class orally.
  • Integrate the principles of Christian faith with the tenets of psychology.
  • Demonstrate a respect for those unlike themselves through an interview project.
  • Engage in respectful conversations across dominant social identities and reflect upon and evaluate personal assumptions.

Upon completion of the BS in Psychology degree in Clinical and Research Psychology, graduates will be able to:

  • Know the major theoretical perspectives that are reflected in the discipline, including the definitions of basic terms and concepts associated with each major theoretical perspective.
  • Understand the purpose of psychological inquiry and the role it plays in social science.
  • Understand the ways in which biological, psychological, and socio-cultural influences interact to produce different behaviors or mental processes.
  • Understand the relationship between psychological theory and everyday human experience and behavior, including the dynamics of religious faith.
  • Apply research methods in a group project, collecting and analyzing original data.
  • Engage in fieldwork that provides the opportunity to integrate theory and practice.
  • Capture new photographs representing privilege, oppression, and social justice and explain why/how these pictures are reflective of the concepts.
  • Write a research paper applying APA writing style and present their findings to the class orally.
  • Integrate the principles of Christian faith with the tenets of psychology.
  • Demonstrate a respect for those unlike themselves through an interview project.
  • Engage in respectful conversations across dominant social identities and reflect upon and evaluate personal assumptions.
Program Type

Major

Degree

B.S., B.A.

Area of Study

Social Science

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Why students and faculty love Psychology

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What is unique about the Psychology and Crime, Law & Justice Department at Eastern Nazarene College is that class discussions are very interactive and embrace students from many different cultures and backgrounds. This makes for a broader, richer learning experience for students. ”

Andres Medina '23
Hometown: Wesley Chapel, Florida

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Our students are invested in being a blessing in the world in a way that will make a significant impact. I am especially proud of how committed they are to promoting social justice in meaningful and genuine ways. They inspire me each and every day! It is an honor to be part of the community at Eastern Nazarene College.”

Dr. Catherine Mueller-Bell
Associate Professor

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