What is insanity? How do personalities develop? What motivates us as humans? These are the type of questions addressed by psychology students. At Calvin, you'll explore the mind from a uniquely Christian perspective in order to better understand yourself and the society you live in.
As a psychology student at Calvin, you'll develop skills in areas like science and mathematics, research design, critical thinking and problem solving. Program highlights include:
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Design your own independent study; Assist a professor through a summer research fellowship; Volunteer or work at the Hope Network; Attend department-wide events, such as movies, lectures and picnics.
(at least 32 semester hours)
Students must complete a minimum of 10 psychology courses AND a minimum of 32 semester hours of psychology course credit. (This means that students who take a 2 credit hour elective will need more than 10 courses total.)
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in psychology courses to declare a psychology major.
Ordinarily a psychology interim is not considered as a general elective course for the major. With the permission of the student’s major advisor for psychology, one interim course may be substituted for a general elective course for the major. Students may include developmental psychology courses from either group A (PSYC-208 Developmental Psychology I: Child, PSYC-209 Developmental Psychology II: Adolescence and Adulthood) or group B (PSYC-201 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan, PSYC-202 Youth Faith Development and Spiritual Formation), but not both groups, as part of their major.
When possible, students are encouraged to postpone taking 330-level courses until after the completion of PSYC-256. PSYC-399 is a course that may be taken either fall or spring semester of the senior year, or in the junior year if a student has completed a majority of the psychology courses that are required for the psychology major.
Students intending to do doctoral work in psychology are strongly encouraged to take PSYC-356 Experimental Psychology during their junior or senior year and to include more than one 330-level course in their program of study. These courses are less important for masters and/or counseling programs.
A model “four-year plan” and a “two year plan” (for those who declare their major later in their college career) are available in the psychology department office.
All majors must complete the psychology department senior assessment during their last semester on campus. Information on the senior assessment is available from the psychology department office.
(at least 18 semester hours)
Students must complete a minimum of 6 psychology courses and a minimum of 18 semester hours of psychology course credit.
Students may include developmental psychology courses from either group A (PSYC-208 Developmental Psychology I: Child, PSYC-209 Developmental Psychology II: Adolescence and Adulthood) or group B (PSYC-201 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan, PSYC-202 Youth Faith Development and Spiritual Formation), but not both groups, as part of their minor.
Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2012-13 academic year.
Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Psychology as a:
Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for: