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Psychology Major/Minor

Deeper Understanding

Integrate the study of the human mind with your faith and discover how God has designed us to interact with the world and each other. With a Psychology major, you will learn how the mind works and how it impacts human behavior.

Our passionate faculty will help you unpack difficult questions and seemingly unpredictable behaviors in society. Through studying psychology, you will gain a heightened awareness of your own thought process and a greater understanding of other people’s motivations, personalities, influences, abilities, and cultures.

All in Your Head

Foundational psychology courses develop research methods and a basic understanding of psychology and its applications. You will then choose from multiple in-depth courses to explore the areas of developmental, personal, biological, cognitive, and sociocultural psychology.

The Psychology major is ideal foundation for graduate study, as well as entry into bachelors-level careers. All Psychology majors must complete a practicum or advanced research project with the assistance of peers and faculty.

Listen to This

Dr. Mark Cosgrove, Professor of Psychology, discusses the distinct approach the department has to integrating Christianity and psychology at Taylor.

Major in Psychology Pre-Med

Study the human mind and its impact on human behavior, while building a foundation in the hard sciences with courses in biology, chemistry, math, and physics. By adding the Pre-Med curriculum to a Psychology degree, our students are well-prepared for the MCAT and entrance into medical, dental, and allied health schools.

Minor in Psychology

Fuel your understanding of human mental development and the life of the mind with a Psychology minor. Explore the foundations of psychology and build your own curriculum through a variety of electives that interest to you and will build upon your major. This minor pairs especially well with Multimedia Journalism, Management, and History majors.

Psychology Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Psychology Department

Dr. Diane Dungan, Department Chair & Associate Professor of Psychology
765-998-4651
dndungan@taylor.edu

Special Programs
  • Health Professions Advising

    Receive assistance toward entering a health-related profession that requires professional- or graduate-level training in the medical sciences. Taylor’s Health Science Coordinator advises students and helps them practice entrance exams and interviews. Learn More

  • Pre-Med Curriculum

    Prepare yourself for medical school by taking this series of pre-requisite MCAT courses. Add the Pre-Med curriculum to any degree. Learn More

Psychology Department

Equipped with Truth

Taylor University’s Psychology department provides a deep and purposeful integration of psychology and Christianity. Our Psychology professors take on the science of psychology and the struggles with morality facing the world today while standing on the Truth and preparing you to do the same.

The varied interests and experiences of our faculty—ranging from studying adolescents and digital media to sex trafficking and peace and reconciliation efforts in South Africa—enable us to offer diverse courses. No matter your interest—whether it’s working in a hospital or prison or with AIDS victims in Ireland, or planning for graduate school—our faculty can help you grow and apply your passion and knowledge wherever God is calling you.

Approaches to Learning

Our Psychology program is based on professional growth and hands-on education. Taylor uses three approaches:

  • Practicum Experience: Gain local hands-on experience working with clients and patients. You will participate in a practicum associated with psychology, whether it’s in a hospital, clinic, camp, or elsewhere.
  • Research Experience: Our students get the chance to work with a professor and small team on an advanced research project. They can then present their research at conferences, and several have won cash awards for their poster presentations. Previous projects have covered children’s concepts of God, critical thinking development, intercultural development, and impacts of sex trafficking.
  • Intercultural Experience: One of our professors often takes students to Dublin, Ireland, to study people with HIV/AIDS. Other faculty members travel with students to the Bahamas to study leadership and mental health or to South Africa for projects associated with peace and reconciliation. Domestic trips travel to inner-city communities to study the needs in education.
Listen to This

Dr. Scott Moeschberger, Associate Professor in Psychology and Associate Dean of the Honors College, expands on the Psychology program’s emphasis on intercultural experience and how their faculty help students find their place in the global society.

Envisioning Your Future
Grad Programs

Many of our graduates have gone on to earn their master’s degree. Here are a few recommended graduate schools for our Psychology students:

  • Ball State University
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Leheigh University
  • Rosemead School of Psychology
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Denver
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Wyoming
  • Wesley Seminary
  • Wheaton College Graduate School
Career Opportunities

Our alumni have worked in market research, sports psychology, educational psychology, higher education, computer science, and even forensics. Around 75% of our graduates have gone on to graduate school to fight sex trafficking and work as counselors with children, juvenile delinquents, and handicapped or abused people.

With a 95% career placement rate, our Psychology department alongside the Calling and Career Office will fully prepare you to attain a job or internship after graduation.

Learn about Taylor University’s Social Science philosophy.

Programs Offered
Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Diane Dungan

Department Chair & Associate Professor of Psychology

dndungan@taylor.edu

Faculty

Laura Edwards

Assistant Professor of Psychology

lredwards@taylor.edu

Vance Maloney

Professor of Psychology

vnmaloney@taylor.edu

Laura McClelland

Assistant Professor of Psychology

laura_mcclelland@taylor.edu

Scott Moeschberger

Professor of Psychology & Director, Initiatives for Vulnerable and Orphaned Children

scmoeschberger@taylor.edu

Steve Snyder

Professor of Psychology

stsnyder@taylor.edu

Staff

Cindi Carder

Psychology & MAHE Program Assistant

jccarder@taylor.edu