Psychology, Bachelor of Science


The psychology degree program at Friends University is a practice-oriented degree designed to prepare students to work in the helping professions or prepare for graduate school. The psychology courses are combined with sociology and human service courses to give students a broader base of study and application.

In addition to classroom study, students spend two semesters in field experiences to help you prepare for the workplace and begin networking with other professionals. This also serves as an experience base for graduate school. Friends University also has a very active psychology club on campus.

A psychology degree offers three areas of emphasis; these areas allow flexibility so students may focus on a special area of interest within the psychology degree.

  • Prepares students for general careers working with people and for graduate training
  • Teaches students to work with families, family intervention and counseling for all age groups
  • Prepares students to work for social service agencies

Friends University psychology graduates are currently employed at places such as: Wichita Children’s Home, Mental Health Association of Sedgwick County, Pando Initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters, USD 259, and Catholic Charities. Some of our pre-professional majors are enrolled at Emporia State University, Wichita State University, University of Kansas, Fuller Seminary, and North Texas University.

“As an Eagle Scout, I learned to give back. So becoming a student at Friends became an opportunity for me to not only become better educated, but also to lead others in the community as I have been so blessed to receive.” – Chris Tice, psychology

Program Outcomes

  • Understand the major theoretical approaches, research findings, and historical trends in the science of psychology.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the use of major research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Apply the major theoretical approaches in psychology to reality-based personal, social, motivational, emotional, educational, and organizational issues.

Areas of Potential Employment

  • Family support worker
  • Case worker
  • Case manager
  • MHA case worker
  • Street outreach
  • Group therapist
  • Individual counselor
  • School site cooridnator
  • Life coaching
  • Business and marketing

View psychology courses.

Featured Faculty

Bill Allan

Bill Allan

  • Dean of the College of Business, Arts, Sciences and Education; Associate Professor of Family Life; Division Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • B.S., Abilene Christian University; M.A., California State Polytechnic
Donna Stuber

Dr. Donna Stuber

  • Professor of Human Services/Psychology
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • B.S., Missouri Western State College; M.S., Emporia State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University