Julie Reese, Department Chair, Professor of Psychology
Amanda Sensenig, Assistant Professor of Psychology


The Psychology department offers a major, minor and secondary social studies teacher certification.

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Career and postgraduate opportunities

Graduates of the psychology program are currently working in administration, counseling, public-welfare agencies, mental-health centers, institutions for delinquent and emotionally disturbed children, probation services and a variety of additional social and religious agencies. Many complete graduate degrees and engage in research or in professions such as teaching, law, or ministry.

Major in psychology

41-43 credit hours

  • Psyc 100, General Psychology 3
  • One of the following: 3
    Psyc 200, Social Psychology
    Psyc 308, Personality Theory
  • One of the following: 3
    Psyc 302, Experimental Psychology
    Psyc 303, Biological Psychology
  • One of the following: 3
    Psyc 319, Cognitive Psychology
    Psyc 320, Psychological Assessment
  • Psyc 380, Statistics in Research3
  • Psyc 401, Research and Methods I1
  • Psyc 403, Research and Methods II2
  • Psyc 409, Senior Internship 2
  • Psyc 410, Senior Seminar in Psychology 2
  • Additional psychology classes 12
  • Related courses selected from the following: 6
    Biol 120, Cell Biology & Genetics (4)
    Biol 130, Organismal Biology (4)
    Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
    Biol 204, Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3)
    Math 141, Finite Mathematics (3)
    Math 250, Game Theory (3)
    PJCS 201 PX, Violence & Nonviolence (3)
    Soc 200, Principles of Sociology (3)
    Soc 210, Sociology of the Family (3)
    SoWk 221, Human Behavior (3)
    WGS 200, Introduction to Women's Studies (3)
    WGS 345, Women's Concerns (3)

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in psychology will:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theories, and empirical pre/post findings in psychology and related areas.
  2. Understand and apply research methods.
  3. Use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry and a scientific approach, whenever possible, to solve mental health problems.
  4. Explain and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Demonstrate effective written communication in APA style.
  6. Recognize, understand, and respect complexity of sociocultural and internal diversity.
  7. Explore career options and engage in career planning.
  8. Engage in meaningful discussions about the relationship between faith and psychology.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
General Psychology
Related courses
Second year Goshen Core
Social Psychology or Developmental Psychology
Other psychology courses
Related courses
Third year Goshen Core
Upper-level courses in major
Statistics in Research
Related courses
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Research Methods
Balance of major and related courses
Senior Seminar

Minor in psychology

18 credit hours

  • Five or more credit hours selected from the following: 5
    Psyc 302, Experimental Psychology
    Psyc 303, Biological Psychology
    Psyc 308, Personality Theory
    Psyc 320, Psychological Assessment
    Psyc 380, Statistics in Research
    Psyc 410, Senior Seminar in Psychology
  • 13 credit hours in any psychology courses, at least 7 credit hours upper-level (300 and above) 13

Psychology courses

PSYC 100 General Psychology 3
An introduction to the methods, concepts and principles used in the study of behavior. Includes a survey of topics in psychological development, individual differences, memory, personality structure, mental health, learning and social psychology.

PSYC 200 Social Psychology 3
A study of the influence of society on the individual and of the individual on society. Involves the study of person-to-person transactions, with emphasis on attitudes and small group structure and process.

PSYC 201 Heroic Acts and Heinous Crimes 3
Why do some people give their lives for another while others kill with little thought? Are the causes internal (personality, psychopathology, spiritual) or external (social standing, socioeconomic status, injustice)? Is it nature or nurture? This course will survey research in social psychology, examine philosophical issues of morality, and explore faith issues related to biblical passages. A Social World course in the Goshen Core. Pre or Corequisite: Quantitative Literacy.

PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
A study of developmental processes across the life span. Physical, social and cognitive changes provide the basic organization for this course. A variety of developmental theories will be examined including Piaget, Vygotsky, Erickson, social learning and psychodynamic. Current research and an understanding of how to think about developmental processes will be emphasized. A Social World course in the Goshen Core. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 preferred. Pre- or Corequisite: Quantitative Literacy.

PSYC 217 Multicultural Psychology 3
A study of both the influences of culture on human behavior as well as universal characteristics all individuals share regardless of culture. This course seeks to examine how an individual's cultural background influences behavior and thoughts and relationships. Biological, sociocultural, ecological and psychological perspectives will be examined. A Social World course in the Goshen Core. Pre- or Corequisite: Quantitative Literacy.

PSYC 218 Theories Counseling & Pyschotherapy 3
A study of the primary theories of counseling/psychotherapy and the contemporary issues that have changed the field. Significant emphasis will be placed on understanding the research on efficacy/effectiveness and exploring the current realities of delivering psychotherapy. Specific techniques will also be examined.

PSYC 302 Experimental Psychology 4
A study of the methods and techniques of experimental psychology. Course will include study of selected empirical findings from the areas of learning, memory, intelligence and physiological psychology. Experimental projects constitute a major emphasis of the course. Prerequisite: Psyc 100.

PSYC 303 Biological Psychology 4
An introduction to the physiology and anatomy of the brain and central nervous system and their effects on psychological functioning (behavior, thinking, and feeling) processes. Three lectures, one 2-hour lab. Prerequisite: Psyc 100.

PSYC 306 Abnormal Psychology 3
A study of the variety of psychological disorders as classified by the DSM system. Issues related to classification will be discussed. A biopsychosocial model will be assumed when discussing etiology and treatment. Since this is primarily a descriptive course, considerable emphasis will be placed on case studies. At the conclusion of the course, students will be well versed in understanding the major psychological disorders. Prerequisite: Psyc 100.

PSYC 308 Personality Theory 3
A study of theory development with particular focus on major personality theories. The central concepts of each theory, the unique place in contemporary psychological thought and relationship of theory to psychological experimentation and research will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Psyc 100.

PSYC 309 Educational Psychology:Secondary 3
(Cross-listed from Educ 309) A study of physical, cognitive, psychosocial, emotional, linguistic, moral and identity development birth through adolescence. Includes developmental theories, influence of cultural and social factors on development and school influences on children and adolescents.

PSYC 310 Educational Psychology:Elementary 3
(Cross-listed from Educ 310) A study of physical, cognitive, psychosocial, emotional, linguistic, moral and identity develpment birth through adolescence. Includes developmental theories, influence of cultural and social factors on develpment and school influences on children and adolescents.

PSYC 314 Psychology of Religion 3
An exploration of the interaction of psychological dynamics and religious behavior. Includes study of belief systems, faith, behavior change, conversion, life styles, personality and religious persuasion.

PSYC 316 Introduction to Clinical Psychology 3
A study of the major issues facing someone entering the professional world of delivering psychological services to others. Critical thinking about the most recent diagnosis and treatment modalities will be emphasized. Other topics include ethics, psychopharmacology, counseling, health psychology, psychobiology and community psychology. Prerequisite: Psyc 100.

PSYC 317 Leadership Education 1
A learning experience in leadership that integrates theory and practice. Philosophy and theory of leadership will be integrated with each student's specific campus leadership responsibility. The course is repeatable as the student assumes additional campus leadership. Enrollment is by consent of the instructor.

PSYC 319 Cognitive Psychology 3
A study of how people understand and interpret the world. Primary topics include learning, memory, decision-making, sensation/perception, and intelligence. Prerequisite: Psyc 100.

PSYC 320 Psychological Assessment 3
A study of psychological testing theory, test administration and test interpretation. The course will survey intellectual, aptitude, achievement, interest, personality and neurological assessment. Students will be given direct experience with tests from each of these categories. Prerequisite: Psyc 100.

PSYC 375 Topics: 3 (1-3)
Study in a major area of psychology not covered by regular courses.

PSYC 380 Statistics in Research 3
A study of data analysis and its relationship to research methods in a variety of settings. Collection, presentation and analysis of numerical data, including descriptive, parametric, and nonparametric statistics. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Quantitative Literacy requirement in the Goshen Core before taking this course.

PSYC 400 Advanced Projects in Psychology 1 (1-3)
Independent reading or research for psychology majors. Requires extensive reading or research on a topic of the student's choice. Consultation with instructor required.

PSYC 401 Research and Methods I 1
In a small group collaboration, students design, propose, and prepare to conduct a research study. Special attention is given to Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (HSIRB) Requirements. Prerequisite/corequisite: Psyc 380.

PSYC 403 Research and Methods II 3
Further data collection and analysis of the problem studied in Psyc 401, culminating in a written thesis and oral presentation. Prerequiste: Psyc 380, 401.

PSYC 409 Senior Internship 2
Internship offers opportunity to observe and participate in a supervised field learning experience in which psychological theories and concepts are employed and issues pertaining to psychology as a career can be addressed. Prerequisites: minimum of 12 hours of upper-level psychology or consent of instructor.

PSYC 410 Senior Seminar in Psychology 2
A focus on integrative issues concerning psychology, science and faith, primarily Christianity. Attention will also be given to philosophical reasoning. This student-led seminar is structured around student-selected topics such as free will, prayer, religion and mental health/illness, therapy and faith, forgiveness, happiness/sin, etc. Prerequistites: minimum of 12 hours of upper-level psychology or consent of instructor.