Why Choose the Psychology Department at Eastern?

Eastern University’s Psychology Department offers high quality, innovative teaching and mentoring from caring faculty with specialties in developmental psychology, personality, family studies, the psychology of religion, counseling psychology, social psychology, and cross-cultural psychology. Eastern University offers a broad range of traditional psychology courses, as well as courses unique to Eastern, all of which integrate Christian faith with the study of psychology. 

Psychology students at Eastern have the opportunity to present their research at psychology conferences, as well as the chance to serve as interns during their senior year. These internships include opportunities to work in residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, individual behavioral modification programs, crisis intervention agencies, human resources, drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities.

Alumni who graduated with a BA in Psychology have gone on to become social service caseworkers, public health managers, residential care workers, therapeutic support workers, art and music therapists, marriage and family therapists, and guidance counselors.

The Psychology Department at Eastern maintains an active and thriving Psi Chi (International Honors Society in Psychology) chapter, inducting several students each year. Our chapter regularly sponsors department and university-wide activities promoting the discipline of Psychology, scholarship in the field, and various service and outreach-related efforts. Our Psi Chi undergraduate chapter has been honored to receive the Model Chapter Award from the International Headquarters 11 years in a row (2012-2022) for its exemplary efforts.

“I love all of the professors in the psychology department. They always check in with us, and want to build a healthy relationship with the students. They are always willing to help us. One thing I enjoy most is that they check in on our mental health. I believe that is always important.”

Maya Hawkins, '21, Psychology Major & Criminal Justice Minor

Psychology Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Eastern University Psychology Department is:

(a)    To pursue excellence in teaching and research within the field of psychology, examining its theories and practices from empirical, philosophical, and Christian worldview perspectives;

(b)    To develop the potential of our students as scholars and practitioners of psychology, preparing them for confident service to the academy, the church universal, and local and global communities with commitment to promoting justice and equity in the world;

(c)     To serve the University as competent Christ-following professionals and our students as caring role models and mentors.