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BA in Psychology

Why Major in Psychology?

The BA in Psychology at Eastern University is a unique program which emphasizes the aspects of psychology which are closely linked to the social sciences and are clinical/counseling-oriented. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members and take upper-level courses in areas such as the history and systems of psychology, psychology of gender, and cross-cultural psychology.

Alumni of the BA in Psychology program at Eastern University have careers in individual behavioral modification programs, pre-school and daycare centers, tutoring and recreational programs, crisis intervention agencies, human resources, social welfare and community counseling programs. Others have worked as social service caseworkers, public health managers, residential care workers, and therapeutic support workers. Alumni have continued to graduate school to study, for example, art/movement/music therapy, marriage and family therapy, and school psychology. 

Why Major in Psychology at Eastern?

  • Integration of Psychology and Christian Faith. Students have the opportunity to develop their vocations as Christian scholars and practitioners in the field of psychology, and to understand psychological theory and practice from a distinctly Christian worldview, preparing them to serve in a variety of clinical, community, and research-based settings.
  • Multiple Track Options. We offer both BA (social science, clinical/counseling-oriented) and BS (natural-science, experimental-oriented) options. Students take coursework in both areas, but specialize their studies by pursuing a particular degree track. Both degree options have opportunities to do a research-based senior thesis and/or a practical internship experience.
  • Dedicated Faculty and Engaging Coursework. Our faculty offer diverse coursework and training across a range of domains in psychology, such as clinical/counseling psychology, developmental/ family issues, social psychology, experimental/biological psychology, and gender studies.
  • Committed to Excellence. Students have the opportunity to serve as research assistants on faculty-mentored research projects and to present at regional psychology conferences. Qualified students may also apply for membership in Psi Chi, our chapter of the International Psychology Honors Society, which sponsors several professional and service-related activities each semester. Additionally, the Philadelphia region provides a wide variety of exciting, career enhancing internships.
  • Off-Campus Connections. Eastern offers a unique 3 week faith-based psychology “Seminar by the Sea” in the coastal region of Maine. Drawing students from around the country, this gender studies course allows students to live in community and explore what it means to be a man or woman in today’s society, with a focus on the ways in which gender informs and affects our lives.

Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, PhD

Dr. Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen (Ph.D, Northwestern University, 1971) is a nationally recognized social and cross-cultural psychologist whose teaching and research interests also include the history of psychology, philosophy of science and social science, the psychology of gender, and the unity of faith and learning.  She is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of eleven books, and has done cross-cultural psychological field research in Zambia and in the Central African Republic.  She has been the recipient of several awards for her books and for her service to Christian academic and advocacy organizations.  Read more about Dr. Van Leeuwen.

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