The mission of the Psychology Department is to prepare students to work with people in need by training them in the basic principles and practices of psychology while integrating a biblical worldview. Our program employs the liberal arts in providing an understanding of social scientific perspectives on human behavior in a practitioner/scholar model.

Job outlook

Psychology graduates are thoroughly equipped for employment in fields such as therapy, social work, mental healthcare, marketing and education. Their advanced critical thinking skills, communication skills and people skills have honed our psychology graduates into appealing candidates for countless employment opportunities.

Points of distinction

The major in psychology focuses on five central themes:

  1. Foundational Psychological History and Theory
  2. Psychological Research
  3. Personal and Human Development
  4. Human Diversity Issues
  5. A Biblical Approach Through A Senior Practicum Experience

Common career paths 

A major in psychology can lead to careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Counseling
  • Therapy
  • Marketing
  • Public service
  • Social work
  • Christian ministry
  • Business
  • Mental healthcare 

Psychology minor

A minor in psychology will assist students to view their course of study within a social framework and will allow for a better understanding of how to work with people. The minor also provides opportunities to study a broad spectrum of psychologically related issues concerning human nature and behavior with integration from a biblical worldview. 

Online option

Our psychology program is partially available online. It will be offered in a fully online format in spring 2016. Learn more about MU Online.

Student story

Erik Mendoza won the Pete Marvich Memorial Award and built the foundation for his marketing career at Adidas.

Next Steps

Meet Your Professors

spring 2016 psychology Courses:


PSY100 (01) General Psychology Dr. Elliott Lawless
PSY202 (01) Adolescent Psychology Mrs. Julia Cummings
PSY202 (R1) Adolescent Psychology Ms. Katy Hartley
PSY304 (01) Human Growth and Development Dr. Robert Hildebrand
PSY306 (01) Educational Psychology Ms. Magon Adams Shirley
PSY352 (01) Introduction to Counseling Dr. Elliott Lawless
PSY374 (01) Human Diversity Ms. Liliya Rudneva
PSY374 (R1) Human Diversity Ms. Rebecca Hamlin
PSY416 (01) Psychology and Faith Intgegration Dr. Elliott Lawless
PSY422 (01) Theories of Personality Dr. Elliott Lawless