About the BA in Psychology Degree
Why Study Psychology at Cedarville?
Cedarville’s psychology degree intentionally engages the knowledge of social and behavioral sciences with a biblical worldview. You will be equipped to think critically about human thoughts and behaviors and to relate biblically integrated psychological principles to everyday life and work. As a graduate, you will have knowledge that applies to a variety of jobs and to advanced education in psychology or a related field. A BA in psychology from Cedarville University will equip you well to advance the Kingdom’s cause.
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What Sets Cedarville Apart?
Biblical WorldviewThe Bible is the authority for research and study in every class you'll take.
Mentoring Christian FacultyYou'll be taught by highly-credentialed professors who want you to succeed.
Top Placement RatesOur graduates achieve top career and grad school placement rates — 10% above the national average.
Psychology Degree Highlights
Biblical — The motto of the department is “Psychology through a Biblical Worldview.” The lordship of Christ reigns over all subject matters in the academe, and psychology is no exception. The knowledge of our being human presides supremely with God. In the study of psychology, the truth of our human conditions and aspirations will be framed by the inerrant and infallible words of life in the Scripture.
Relational and Experiential — A hallmark of our educational process is the mentoring relationships we promote in the Department of Psychology. Faculty, staff, and fellow-students enjoy the fellowship we share as a body of Christ. We engage at a personal and professional level as we prepare students for the next phases of life beyond Cedarville.
Comprehensive and Customizable — You will choose a concentration from the list of eight below. You will also have enough elective hours to add another concentration or a second minor to customize a program that works best for your career goals.
- Addictions and Chemical Dependency
- Child and Family Studies
- Comprehensive Counseling
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Health Psychology and Public Health
- Psychological Research
- Occupational Therapy
What Can You Do With a Psychology Degree?
Many of our students advance into graduate studies leading to licensure and professional practices as psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and other licensing professions traditionally associated with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Other graduates have pursued graduate studies in Christian graduate schools and seminaries leading to full-time ministries as biblical counselors, youth ministers, and pastors.
Psychology graduates also find careers in correctional facilities, Christian organizations and agencies, churches, schools, community behavior and mental health centers, hospitals, community centers, social services/family resources, retail, human resources, public relations, businesses/corporations, psychological assessment clinics, animal assistance centers, sports psychology, education, missions, and the list goes on and on.
Specifically, our graduates have found employment upon graduation in business, criminal justice, human services, and medical/clinical settings.
We’re proud of our successful graduates! 93.3% of recent graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.
Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom
Research and Scholarship — The psychology faculty will work closely with you to identify your areas of interest and guide you through the investigative process . Many of our students present their research findings at state and national conferences, that showcase their contributions of knowledge to the field, and some also see publications in peer-reviewed journals Annual Research Symposium held on campus each spring is another great opportunity for our majors to showcase their work.
Study Abroad — Our psychology majors successfully participate in a number of exchange programs, from spending a few weeks in summer studies abroad to semester-long studies in places like Ireland, Spain, England, and other countries. There are also short-term missions opportunities sponsored by the University and local churches that allow students to serve in professional and ministry settings. Our psychology majors successfully participate in a number of exchange programs, from spending a few weeks in summer studies abroad to semester-long studies in places like Ireland, Spain England, and other countries. There are also short-term missions opportunities sponsored by the University and local churches that allow students to serve in professional and ministry settings.
Service Learning — All psychology majors will complete at least one internship where they will apply their knowledge in a community service setting. We have connections with agencies in over 40 states and several countries around the world.
Psi Kappa Theta (PKT) — Psi Kappa Theta, Psychology with a Heart for God, is our student organization that provides students with opportunities for learning, socializing, and engaging in community outreach.
Building on your core general education and Bible minor courses, you will take core psychology courses as well as courses from your chosen track.
This major is offered with either a three-year or four-year completion plan.
This major offers an accelerated bachelor's-to-master's pathway for students interested in pursuing their MBA.
- Professional Counseling
- Psychology and Christianity
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Program Format and Related Programs
Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.
From Our Students:
Students at Cedarville University are known for their excellence in effort, and Alison (Bachowski) Hartong is no exception, as she is headed for a prestigious fellowship in the fall.
Dr. Michael Sherr, Chair of the Cedarville University Department of Social Work, grew up in a conservative Jewish family, but throughout his childhood, he had questions.