At Calvin, the study of psychology cultivates a deep interest in how God formed the human mind.

In the psychology department at Calvin, we respond to God's call to explore the complexity and uniqueness of each individual person as God's special creation. Whether it's in the classroom, working with experienced faculty or off-campus in the field at an internship, we are driven by the desire to expand our knowledge of others so that we are best able to serve them.

Our mission

Equipping students to understand psychological science, value its use in restoring lives, and apply it with an appreciation of humans as unique reflections of God's image.

Our programs

The psychology department at Calvin offers both a major and minor in psychology, along with a neuroscience concentration and secondary education psychology minor. Each program integrates academic study with hands-on activity. There are many opportunities to study psychology outside of the classroom, including assisting professors with research, doing internships with local organizations and traveling off-campus to study psychology in a different context.

World-class faculty

Our 11 full-time faculty members are dedicated Christians and scholars. All hold PhD degrees and are involved in ongoing research projects.

State-of-the-art facilities

To support and promote research in psychology, the department has a wide range of facilities and equipment.

Quick Facts
  • 35%

    of recent graduates had double majors at Calvin

  • 65%

    of Psychology graduates go on to get advanced degrees

  • 96%

    of 2013 graduates were professionally employed or in graduate school one year after graduation*

    (*4% were employed, but seeking)