Bachelor's in Psychology


Program Description

With award-winning faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and varied research opportunities, Hope’s psychology department will prepare you for diverse callings and careers.

At Hope, psychology students dive headfirst into the study of the human mind and behavior. Going beyond information, we engage information through integrated scientific inquiry, field experience, perspective-taking and faith engagement.

We cultivate:

  • Knowledge in the major areas of psychology
  • Scientific inquiry skills
  • Critical thinking and communication skills
  • Service-learning and field experience
  • Ethical and moral engagement for social responsibility in a diverse world
  • Professional development
  • Engagement with faith and learning

You’ll learn and collaborate in the A. Paul Schaap Science Center’s smart classrooms, eight-room observational teaching space equipped with one-way mirrors, advanced research teaching lab, and 30 research laboratory rooms.

Research is integral to our practice and our degree programs, and our students are vital to the process. You’ll work alongside our distinguished faculty on psychology research projects and in our labs. Many of our students who pursue supervised research go on to present at conferences themselves, and some are even published!

Our faculty is recognized regionally and nationally; they earn awards and accolades every year. From textbook authoring to research publishing, your professors are actively working in their fields.

With a psychology degree from Hope, you’ll engage in significant learning that shapes your knowledge of the field, how to conduct research and how to work with others — skills that carry lifelong value, whether you pursue grad school or dive right into your career after graduation.

Degree programs

Immerse yourself in the study of human thought and behavior with a major or minor in psychology. We offer both, with options for specialties in secondary teaching, nursing, and neuroscience.

Whether you plan to pursue a doctorate in psychology or apply your understanding of human dynamics to the workplace, our program equips you to make a meaningful difference in the world.

  • Psychology Major
  • Psychology Minor
  • Psychology for Secondary Teaching
  • Psychology for Nursing Majors

Students who minor in psychology for nursing must take a minimum of 20 credits in psychology. Nursing Research (NURS 380) will meet the research methodology competency but does not count for psychology credits.


Our department offers psychology courses taught by nationally recognized faculty in state-of-the-art research facilities.

As a student of psychology at Hope, you’ll engage a curriculum that combines specialized coursework, collaborative research and hands-on experience with our faculty.

After graduation

Our graduates have gone on to earn advanced degrees and pursue careers in psychology, medicine, social work, and law.

As a psychology graduate with a degree from Hope, you’ll be equipped with a strong understanding of human thought and behavior, advanced critical thinking skills and a valuable ability to understand those around you.

If you’re planning to pursue a doctorate, we have many graduate school resources for you. Are you planning to join the workforce? A psychology degree provides a valuable foundation for many careers.

Our recent graduates have gone on to pursue Ph.D.s, MSWs, law school and medical school. Seventy percent of our students found employment within six months of graduation, while 38 percent enrolled in grad school.

Last updated Mar 2020

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About the School

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled.

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled. Read less