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experience understanding the mind

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior, emotions and how the mind works. Understanding how thoughts, emotions and attitudes develop—and why—uncovers the secret to helping people.

Through science, we gain knowledge about ourselves and others. Through Christ, we gain the heartfelt desire to serve humanity. By combining knowledge and compassion, we become prepared professionals who not only care about others, but also have the tools needed to be effective and understanding in a people-oriented workplace.

The field of psychology needs professionals with the right tools to serve others with a Christ-centered attitude.

A graduate with a degree in psychology can apply their knowledge to careers in many different settings. Psychologists are thinkers who pursue knowledge to solve problems, treat mental illnesses, guide clients through life changes or conduct psychological research. Psychologists are employed in a variety of settings including academia, aging, business, corrections, education, forensics, research, sports, substance abuse and youth counseling.

´┐╝Possible Career Paths

  • Behavioral health technician—assists mental health professionals by assisting individuals who are receiving mental health care services.
  • Case manager for human service organizations—provides assessment, planning and supervision to individuals and families who qualify for human service assistance.

Or earn a graduate degree and work as a:

  • Counselor—gives guidance on personal, social or psychological problems.
  • Clinical psychologist—deals with mental and emotional disorders by assessing and treating mental illness, abnormal behavior and psychiatric problems.
  • Developmental psychologist—may do basic research in developmental psychology, teach in academia and/or provide consultation to organizations dealing with the developmental needs of individuals.
What our alumni are saying ...
Mark Mclachlan
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2012 graduate—now co-CEO of e-commerce startup

“While my current career path likely looks different from that of a typical psychology graduate, I frequently use the skills I gained while earning my degree. As the co-CEO of an e-commerce startup, I interact with customers, clients and business partners daily. In these exchanges, I have been able to utilize concepts central to psychology, which has ultimately allowed me to communicate more effectively and better understand the thought processes and actions of the other parties involved.”

Serena Stevens
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2011 graduate—now a clinical psychology student at Loma Linda University

“The psychology professors related to students as individuals and worked to help us attain our goals. When they learned that I was applying to grad school, the professors organized extra independent study classes to help me prepare. I felt I had a good grasp of research and statistics by the time I graduated from Union.”

Jessica Casebolt Scharffenberg

2004 graduate—now a mental health practitioner for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services

“The classes I took at Union College for my undergraduate degree in psychology were a great foundation and stepping stone to my career in mental health and substance abuse counseling. My degree opened up a world of options for me to explore: research, clinical counseling, career counseling, school counseling, continuing on for a Ph.D. Mostly, I appreciated the patience, encouragement and cheerleading that faculty and staff in the Division of Human Development provided. I also took advantage of the ‘open-door’ mentality and didn’t hesitate to ask for help, clarification and, at times, grace that the teachers lovingly and supportively supplied.”