Psychology Overview

William Jessup University’s Psychology program provides students with the opportunity to study human behavior and relationships from a Christian Worldview. The program prepares students for graduate school, as well as providing students with a solid foundation for a wide range of vocational careers, including human service work, social work, and ministry.

Psychology department faculty are committed to mentoring students in the application of both a psychological and theological knowledge base and assisting students as they find direction for their personal and professional lives.


  • Courses that integrate faith and knowledge of scripture with the study of human needs
  • Opportunities to study human growth and development in the context of family, community, culture, and ethnicity
  • Courses that help you understand human personality and problems from a variety of theoretical perspectives
  • Opportunities to develop your skills as you communicate with individuals and groups
  • Learning challenges that sharpen your abilities to think creatively as you approach problem solving related to behavior and mental processes
  • Christ-centered, faith based courses
  • Personalized advising
  • WASC Accredited

Career & Internship Opportunities

  • Clinical Counseling
  • Education/Career Counseling
  • State/County Agency Work
  • Social Work
  • Corrections/Probation Work
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Mediation/Court Advocacy
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Business

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate their faith and knowledge of scripture with the study of human needs.
  • Apply basic theoretical perspectives in psychology.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and interpretative skills.
  • Demonstrate fundamental competence in research.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication with both individuals and groups.
  • Demonstrate an ability to interview, assess, develop treatment plans, carry out interventions, and evaluate progress in helping relationships, utilizing community resources appropriately and effectively as part of the helping process.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, recognizing personal strengths, growth areas, and limitations.
Featured Faculty
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Why do you enjoy working at Jessup?
A significant portion of who I am can be credited to my undergraduate Christian education where there existed an intentionality and discipleship of the mind, taught by educators who had first learned this themselves and were passing it on to the next generation. This undergraduate foundation was the scaffolding for my further post graduate education and career advancement. I wish to be a part of this same process of equipping, encouraging, and discipling others in the academic setting.
Psychology Faculty
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Chair and Professor, Department of Psychology
Director of Addiction Studies with Faculty Appointment


Everything in our BioPsychology study is relevant to our lives, and everything in our lives is relevant to the neuroscience of BioPsychology. Understanding neuroscience helps us understand how we learn, how we develop, and how we can help people who suffer brain and behavioral disorders. Likewise, knowledge of how we learn, how we develop, and the symptoms that people suffering brain and behavioral disorders display provides insights into neuroscience. Here, our WJU students are delving deeper into such questions as: Why do we have a brain and how did God design it? How is the nervous system organized? How do drugs affect our behavior? How does the brain learn? How does the brain think? Studying of the neuroanatomy correlates of behavior as seen in the interplay of structure and function in brain dissection helps the students to process these questions!

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International Psychology

We live in a global society where our impact can reach far beyond our local community. The international psychology concentration at WJU prepares students to work in multinational organizations or international missions, utilizing skills and cultural sensitivity to tackle societal issues such as human trafficking, poverty and hunger, suicide, and the effects of war, just to name a few. By fostering international connections among mental health professionals and engaging in multicultural research or practice, the aim of international psychology is to improve quality of life and promote wellness across global and cultural boundaries.

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