Psychology

What Does it Look Like to Study Psychology at Concordia?

Studying Psychology at Concordia will open you to a breadth of knowledge and theory on human behavior and experience. This degree is not only applicable to the real world, but also to everyday life. A degree in Psychology helps you to understand people and explore different personalities with depth.

Although we seldom contemplate it, any given person is a walking/talking "psychology case study" of sorts! As a Psychology major, you will become more knowledgeable of theory and research that provides insight into human behavior and experience.

In the process, you will be well-prepared for a variety of careers, ranging from entry-level positions in many different fields to graduate work in psychology or counseling.

This major is a natural fit for you if you are interested in:

  • Helping people
  • Understanding people
  • Exploring in-depth all the factors that 'make people tick'

Program Overview

As a student, you'll work within a Christian environment as you explore how Psychology contributes to understanding the human experience of God's creation.

Class sizes are small enough to:

  • Enable small-group work
  • Foster great opportunities to get to know fellow students
  • Give you greater direct access to professors who have a mixture of research and practical experience in their fields
  • Thus, courses emphasize establishing a link between topics discussed in the classroom and day-to-day life as you experience it

Program Sheet

Curriculum Overview for a Psychology Degree

As a psychology major, you will learn about theory, research, and practice of psychological science. Through your coursework you will enhance personal skills such as written communication and critical thinking. In addition, you will be able to take your understanding of people and groups into the "real world" to positively impact people around you.

It is our hope that Psychology will be more than simply a major for you: we believe your journey through the field of Psychology will also promote a particular "way of being" towards others. Simply put, not only will you learn about the academic side of Psychology, but your experiences in the major will fundamentally and positively impact how you perceive and relate to others at school, work, and in your day-to-day interactions with family and friends.

Here are some highlighted courses:

Lutheran Ethos in Psychology: Students explore the relationship between the Lutheran Ethos and psychology, focusing on vocation, servant leadership and learning as a lifelong pursuit.

Careers and Vocations in Psychology: This course provides students with a comprehensive approach to considering careers in psychology and the Lutheran lens of vocation.

Animal Behavior: This course covers how scientists study animal behavior, and in particular how behavior is shaped by the evolutionary forces of natural and sexual selection.

Exercise and Sports Psychology: This class covers the psychological aspects of movement activities that underlie performance. It also covers the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that must be recognized in order to understand, motivate and evaluate human movement.

Program Benefits

  • Psychology students have access to excellent career advising and mentoring from faculty and staff while at Concordia and after graduation
  • Students are afforded major-specific Service Learning and study abroad opportunities, as well as membership to our Behavioral Sciences student organization
  • The Lutheran ethos recognizes that God has a purpose for your life, for which you've been given unique talents - thus, we approach your experiences in the Psychology major as an important part of your journey in life to identify, develop and ultimately fulfill your calling

Success Stories

Career Outcomes

  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Therapist
  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Training and Development
  • Human Resources

FAQ

Why study Psychology?

As a psychology major, you will learn about theory, research, and practice of psychological science. Through your coursework you will enhance personal skills such as written communication and critical thinking. In addition, you will be able to take your understanding of people and groups into the "real world" to positively impact people around you.

How will my education here set me up for success after graduation?

Our specialized two track program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skill sets, and experience needed to be competitive when you reach the next chapter in your journey.

  • Career Preparation Course
  • Student Portfolio
  • Resume Confidence Building Opportunities
  • Intentional Relationships

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