Psychology can be defined as the study of human thought and action. The courses in the department are designed to acquaint students with psychological theory and the findings of psychological researchers; familiarize students with the terminology and principles of thought and action; provide education in the techniques of psychological investigation, with an emphasis on empirical research; study ways in which psychological principles apply to practical situations; and relate the findings of psychology to biblical Christianity. A master of arts in counseling psychology is offered through the Department of Psychology and is administered through the Center for Graduate and Continuing Studies.
The required undergraduate internship is an opportunity to gain experience in a professionally supervised setting. Students' participation in retirement facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities, drug and alcohol treatment centers, human resources departments, and a variety of other sites help refine career goals and graduate study plans and offer an opportunity to integrate classroom learning with experience.