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 child development, adolescent development, psychopathology, and techniques of individual counseling.
Eastern psychology alumni have careers as employees of crisis intervention agencies, social welfare agencies, community counseling programs and individual behavior modification programs. Others have worked as research assistants, 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 Choose 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.
- Dedicated Faculty and Engaging Coursework. Our faculty offer diverse coursework and training across a range of domains in psychology, such as child development, adolescent development, psychopathology, and techniques of individual counseling.
- 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. Our Psi Chi undergraduate chapter has received the Model Chapter Award from the International Headquarters seven years in a row (2012-2018) for its engagement.
- Off-Campus Opportunities. 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. The Philadelphia region also provides a wide variety of exciting, career enhancing internships.