Psychology Department

Psychologists study normal and abnormal behavior, structured and erratic thinking, and stable and troubled emotion. We have a broad task. Consequently, students of psychology read widely, investigate problems scientifically, and think carefully and deeply. They also share the knowledge they gain with others through writing, public presentation and professional service.

At Houghton, psychology students wrestle with the ways in which the Christian faith frames and informs our studies and our understanding. A degree in psychology enables students to understand why we think, feel and act as we do. Psychology majors gain perspective on their own experiences, develop sympathetic understanding of others and learn ways to help people in need.

A distinctive feature of the psychology major at Houghton is the integration of academic study and the Christian faith. We seek to understand psychological and sociological principles from the perspective of Christian faith and to see how psychology and sociology can illuminate and strengthen our faith. Such integrative learning occurs in our classes, our research and our service.

Psychology graduates pursue such professional careers as clinical and counseling psychology, student and personnel development, school psychology, clinical social work, and human services. Knowledge of psychological functioning within individuals and in group settings is a valuable asset in professions such as law, business, education, medicine, therapeutic recreation and ministry.