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Psychology, B.A.

Whitworth's psychology major will engage you in meaningful scientific study that will help you think critically about the complex world and those around you. Through experiential learning opportunities, including research projects and practicum placements, you will gain marketable experience in a field that intersects with every aspect of life.

Why major in psychology at Whitworth?

  • Link knowledge to your career goals through your practicum, which places you in a community agency in Spokane.
  • Study the interdisciplinary aspects of psychology by combining it with your interests in subjects such as art, marketing, biology or communication.
  • Gain experience as a research assistant as you work one-on-one with professors.
  • Develop foundational skills for graduate school and careers in education through teaching assistantships.
  • Connect your faith or worldview by exploring issues such as spiritual approaches to therapy and the nature of evil.
  • Attain and refine supportive counseling skills through courses like Helping Skills, an applied clinical course.
  • Develop critical thinking, data analysis and communication skills through your senior thesis research.
  • Learn and apply transferable skills such as conflict resolution, persuasion, problem-solving and active listening that will give you a competitive edge in any career.
  • Belong to a vibrant community of students who celebrate your achievements and share your excitement for psychology.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our psychology grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Prepared by the broad training and direct guidance Whitworth provides, our psychology majors are in high demand and can get jobs in their field without heading to grad school. In fact, about half of our students receive job offers from their senior practicum site upon graduation.

Recent job placements include:

  • Kyle Johnson, family support specialist, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Spokane
  • Josh Bigner, youth case manager, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, Billings, Mont.
  • Kellie Roberts, HR manager, Blue Origin (aerospace manufacturer), Kent, Wash.
  • Christina Hunter, social worker, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Kirin Foster, school counselor, Sumner, Wash.
  • Logan Steele, assistant professor of information systems and decision sciences, University of South Florida
  • Sadie Peterson, therapist extern at Seattle Pacific University Counseling Center; program coordinator at the Gottman Institute, Seattle

Our recent grads further their studies in top programs at institutions including:

  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Harvard University
  • University of Oregon
  • Marymount University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • University of Oklahoma

Graduate school options at Whitworth

After earning your bachelor's degree, you can continue to earn your master's in marriage & family therapy or school counseling through our School of Education and marriage & family therapy program.

Opportunities outside the classroom

  • Join the department's Psi Chi honors society and help lead a broad range of activities related to career preparation, community service and social events.
  • Travel and present your research with your professors at conferences across the West Coast.

Ask our faculty

Ask Melissa Rogers

Associate Professor Melissa Rogers teaches courses on cognitive processes.

Elizabeth Campbell

Ask Bethy Campbell

Associate Professor Bethy Campbell teaches courses on developmental psychology, personality, psychopathology and counseling, in addition to leading practicum courses.

Ask Justin Martin

Visiting Assistant Professor Justin Martin specializes in socio-moral aspects of psychology.

Alisha Epps

Ask Alisha Epps

Assistant Professor Alisha Epps specializes in behavioral neuroscience, with a focus on depression and epilepsy comorbidities.

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