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Bachelor of Arts

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.





The program equips individuals with critical thinking skills that are scripturally based and methods that are culturally relevant and clinically sound. For some, the major will provide foundational studies in preparation for graduate school in the helping professions. Graduates who seek advanced education typically choose advanced studies in psychology, counseling, or social work. Others will apply this degree to work within mental health settings immediately after graduation and/or utilize the relational skills gained in this program in a wide range of careers, including business, human services, and ministry.

Leaders in the psychology department value the development of a Christian worldview in all graduates, academic excellence in teaching and learning, and continuous transformation toward wholeness in both the professors and the students.

  • Critically analyze and engage with historical, contemporary, and enduring questions of the human experience.
  • Understand fundamental concepts and methodologies in the humanities, the sciences and mathematics/statistics, and the social sciences; apply these methods to the analysis of complex problems.
  • Discover and analyze primary and secondary sources relevant to specific research questions in particular academic disciplines.
  • Recognize and respond to social justice issues, locally and globally; enact ethics-based approaches in study and work.
  • Write well and present information clearly for specific audiences in appropriate forms and media.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply intercultural knowledge and competence by meaningfully and ethically engaging others.

Program Courses

  • Major Courses (14 Units): The following courses are part of the requirement for this major and are recommended to fulfill general education requirements.
    • PSYC100 | Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYC141 | Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC222 | Interpersonal Psychology
    • Choose one of the following:
      • BIOL101/L | Principles of Biology with Lab
      • BIOL225/L | Human Anatomy with Lab
      • BIOL246/L | Human Physiology
  • Core Courses (41 Units)
    • PSYC102 | Psychology and Christian Thought
    • PSYC230 | Psychology of Relationships
    • PSYC300 | Personality Theory
    • PSYC332 | Cross-Cultural Psychology
    • PSYC333 | Human Sexuality
    • PSYC351 | Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY390 | Research Statistics for the Social Sciences
    • PSYC392 | Research Methods in the Social Sciences
    • PSYC410 | Cognitive Psychology
    • PSYC452 | Biopsychology
    • PSYC475a and 475b | Field Work in Psychology
    • PSYC498 | Applied Integration Capstone
    • Psychology Elective (Choose one)
      • PSYC203 | Social Psychology
      • PSYC460 | Professional Skills
      • PSYC331 | Counseling Skills

To view all courses and course descriptions, please see our current Academic Catalog.

Psychology Minor Courses (19 units)

  • PSYC102 | Psychology and Christian Thought
  • PSYC141 | Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC230 | Psychology of Relationships
  • PSYC300 | Personality Theory and Therapy
  • PSYC351 | Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC452 | Biopsychology (4 units)

To view all courses and course descriptions, please see our current Academic Catalog.

To view Jessup’s Online degree offerings for the B.A. in Psychology, please CLICK HERE.

The knowledge, skills, and insights that students gain through our program have lasting impact personally, professionally, and spiritually. – Erin Ambrose


Erin Ambrose, Ph.D., LMFT

Associate Professor - Department of Psychology, Rocklin; Co-Chair of Traditional Undergraduate Program

Gina Mertz, M.A., LMFT

Director & Assistant Professor - Department of Psychology, Rocklin

Jeff Stone, Ph.D., ABPP

Dean & Professor - Department of Psychology, Rocklin

Melanie Trowbridge, M.D.

Associate Professor & Co-Chair - School of Psychology

Richard Mullis, Psy.D., Th.M.

Associate Professor - Department of Psychology, Rocklin

Stephanie Caine, M.Ed., Ph.D., LPCC

Assistant Professor - Department of Psychology, Rocklin


Casey Taylor

Adjunct, Psychology, Online

Chelsea Hansen

Adjunct, Psychology - Online

Heather Splain

Adjunct, Psychology

Jenny Ochoa

Adjunct, Psychology

Mary Hope, Ph.D.

Adjunct, Psychology - Online

Matthew Campbell

Adjunct, Psychology

Rochelle Van Driel, M.A., LMFT

Adjunct, Psychology & MACP Rocklin


To talk more about your career journey and how Jessup can help prepare you for a rewarding future, connect with an admissions counselor today.


Jessilyn Prichard is a Jessup Class of 2022 psychology graduate who is passionate about career exploration and helping students integrate faith and mental health during their time in college.  For the last three years, Jessilyn worked as the Student Assistant for Jessup’s Office of Career and Life Planning, a job…

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