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.

Overview

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:

  • the flexible, 10-course major allows you to combine psychology with another major or minor
  • dig deep into specific areas of psychology by choosing from over 25 different courses
  • gain hands-on experience in psychology by working alongside 12 full-time professors in ongoing research
  • connect psychology to real life through internships in local mental health centers, hospitals, social service agencies, research organizations, schools and businesses

Careers in Psychology

  • School Counselor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Music or Art Therapist
  • Crisis Worker
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

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.

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By the numbers

15
Research rooms available to Calvin psychology students
20+
Psychology students who are placed in internships each year
6
Summer research fellowships recently awarded to students

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Bolt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; psychology major or pursuing a pre-ministry program
  • psychology students apply through the psychology department; pre-ministry students apply through the Calvin Portal
John T. Daling Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is not required; psychology major
  • applications are closed for the 2015-2016 year
Lester and Viola De Boer Psychology Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; psychology major; preference to students with physical disabilities or to students who have an interest in working with children with special needs
  • applications are closed for the 2015-2016 year
John and Gwendolyn Jansma Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; psychology major; demonstrate a Christian character; preference is given to those who demonstrate a strong interest in a professional career in Christian ministry
  • applications are closed for the 2015-2016 year
Cornelius A. and Lettie G. Plantinga Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; psychology major; demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing psychology from a Christian perspective
  • applications are closed for the 2015-2016 year
Alfred J. Reynolds and Bette Reynolds Goote Scholarship in Psychology
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is not required; psychology major; preference is given to those interested in statistics and research design
  • applications are closed for the 2015-2016 year
Renee and Robert Rietema Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a degree in engineering with a mechanical concentration or be a psychology major
  • automatic consideration
Vanderploeg-Edgerly Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; psychology, sociology or social work major; agree to write a major paper on the topic of child sexual abuse
  • apply through the psychology department, the sociology department or the social work department
Theodore C. Wagenaar Scholarship
  • award amount: $450
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; planning to participate in an off-campus interim or semester in the southwest United States; pursuing a degree in social sciences or education, in that order
  • automatic consideration
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Faculty

Richard Baez

Richard Baez
Counselor, Broene Counseling Center
SC 368G
rb27@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7348

John Brink

John Brink
Professor
SB 326
brnk@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6627

Laura DeHaan

Laura DeHaan
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 375
ldehaan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8689

Marjorie Gunnoe

Marjorie Gunnoe
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 373
mgunnoe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6227

Blake Riek

Blake Riek
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 341
bmr2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7622

Allen Shoemaker

Allen Shoemaker
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 344
shoe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8536

R. Scott Stehouwer

R. Scott Stehouwer
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 330
rstehouw@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6228

Donald Tellinghuisen

Donald Tellinghuisen
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 361
dtelling@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6745

Glenn Weaver

Glenn Weaver
Professor Emeritus
SB 335
weav@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6220

Julie Yonker

Julie Yonker
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 380
jey2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7668

Talk to us

Paul Moes Paul Moes
Program Director
Department Chair
Department of Psychology
SB 360
pmoes@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8672

Admissions

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Teach This

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:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Contact Laura DeHaan for more information about teacher certification in Psychology

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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