Psychology and Psychology: Pre-Counseling are offered through the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The programs offer high quality upper division courses and advisement designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers related to Psychology and Psychology: Pre-Counseling as well as providing graduates with a solid foundation for postgraduate study. The experiences assist and encourage students as they continue the process of understanding the nature of their personal Christian commitment and seek to integrate these insights into their academic disciplines and their vocational choices.
|Program Option||Degree Plan|
|Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology|
|Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology: Pre-Counseling|
|Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Forensic Psychology|
|Minor in Psychology|
|Minor in Advocacy|
What makes an OBU Psychology degree special?
The Psychology degree at OBU has a long history of academic excellence. Our students score among the top in the nation on standardized tests of psychology field knowledge. Every year we have students present their own research at regional Psychology conferences and several of students have won awards for their research.
The Psychology: Pre-Counseling degree has been tailored specifically for students who know they want to pursue a career in counseling. The degree includes specialized courses in counseling theory and practice not typically found in most undergraduate psychology programs. Furthermore, the degree contains some flexibility of courses to accommodate students with a wide range of counseling interests.
Both degrees enable students to attain the specific knowledge base and training required for careers or graduate study in the field of psychology while also encouraging and facilitating students' integration of their faith with their knowledge and understanding of the field of psychology.
What are OBU grads doing with their Psychology degrees?
Many OBU students pursue graduate school, including OBU’s own Marriage and Family Therapy degree. Some students seek their doctoral degree; one student attended the University of North Texas for Counseling Psychology. Another graduate is now teaching at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. There are many services that students work for including Sunbeam Family Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Creoks, Focus Mental Health and Bison Family Therapy Institute.
Examples of possible careers include the following:
- Adoption agency worker
- Community development
- Consumer research
- Criminal researcher
- Family life educator
- Human resources manager
- Intelligence analysis
- Law enforcement agencies
- Marriage and family therapy
- Organizational research
- Psychologist: developmental, experimental, forensic, industrial, etc.
- Program specialist
- Rehabilitation counselor
- Social services administrator
- Social worker
- Victim advocate
- Work with criminal and juvenile offenders
Learn more about our Behavioral and Social Sciences faculty.