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Psychology (BS)

The science behind behavior.

What makes humans tick? Why do we do what we do? Psychology is a fascinating field; it’s the study of human behavior and mental processes. Majoring in psychology means delving into human development, personality and physiological psychology.

You will learn history, theory, concepts and skills in the application of psychology to industrial, clinical and other settings. Your studies will emphasize the synthesis of knowledge, creativity and Christian commitment to find solutions to problems.

A psychology degree can lead to immediate career options, or provide a foundation for graduate school. If you are looking to pursue an advanced degree with the end goal of becoming a psychologist, you will be happy to know that the Department of Labor reports that the demand for psychologists will grow much faster than the average between now and 2024.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
Major Requirements: 53 credit hours
Minor Requirements: 18-22 credit hours (Choice of 4 tracks)
Electives: 19 credit hours
Total Required: 128 credit hours
Concentrations 1
Department Psychology
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychological Tests and Measurement
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children
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  • Advanced Professional Psychology 

What can you do after graduation?

  • Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Child Care Worker
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Market Researcher
  • Social Services Specialist
  • Advertising Agent
  • Human Resources Manager
Dr. Jennifer Shoemaker

Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker's researches the effects of media on adolescents.

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Psychology majors at ACU learn outside the classroom by involvement in co-curriculars and student activities such as:

  • Community-based learning
  • Research experiences
  • Service-learning internships
  • Psychology club
  • Study abroad

About the Psychology Department

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The psychology faculty at Abilene Christian University views psychology as a scientific and applied profession through which graduates may provide service to the local community as well as the community of faith. Faculty members view the nature and needs of humankind from a biblical perspective. Excellence in research and clinical practice are a part of the Christian commitment which students are challenged to share.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.