Why study psychology at Taylor University?
Taylor's psychology program is distinct because we purposefully and intentionally integrate Christianity and psychology. Our psychology faculty take on the science of psychology and the struggles with morality in 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, our faculty can help you grow and apply your passion and knowledge wherever God is calling you.
What professional development opportunities are available outside the classroom?
Our program is based on professional growth and hands-on education. Taylor uses three approaches:
- Practicum experience: You must participate in a practicum associated with psychology, whether it’s in a hospital, clinic, camp or somewhere else.
- Research experience: Our students get the chance to work with a professor and small team on a research project. The work begins with a literature search and ends with a professional presentation (see recent research endeavors below).
- Intercultural experience: We have professors who take students to Dublin, Ireland, to study those with HIV/AIDS. Other faculty members take students to the Bahamas to study leadership and mental health. Other trips include South Africa for projects associated with peace and reconciliation or to inner-city communities to study the needs in education.
We also have a thriving Psychology Club where both faculty and students work together to gain and provide meaningful experiences.
What type of research projects might I participate in while I am a Taylor student?
A few examples of psychology student directed research projects are:
- Children’s concept of God
- Critical thinking development
- Intercultural development
- Peace and reconciliation
- Effects of Christian meditation and exercise on physical and mental health outcomes
- Impact of sex trafficking
- What teenagers who have diabetes post on YouTube
Students have opportunities to present their research at conferences, and several have won cash awards for their poster presentations.