Department of Psychology & Family Science

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Professional development and undergraduate research strengthen the learning opportunities for OC’s psychology and family studies majors. Students work closely with faculty sponsors in independent research projects and in a year-long senior-level research class.

Since 1999, approximately 150 students have presented the results of their empirical research at conferences throughout the region, winning many awards for their work.

The OC Psychology Club provides an opportunity for majors to engage in activities that promote the knowledge of the field. Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, promotes excellence in scholarship and advances the science of psychology. Psi Chi inducts 6-7 new members from OC each year.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Adolescence and Early Adulthood
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to Marital and Family Therapy
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Social Psychology
  • All Courses

What I Can Do With My Degree

Adoption Agencies, Advertising, College Admissions, Counseling, Law, Management, Medicine, Research, Social Work, Teaching



Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Psychology and Family Science is to educate students about the theories in the field of Psychology and Family Science, and to encourage the use of this knowledge to improve their chosen professions, churches and communities.  We especially emphasize the science of psychology and studying families, and train our students to use an empirical approach, based on the use of the scientific method, for understanding human behavior, and the integration of that scientific approach with a Christian world-view.  


Any questions about this department? Contact Dr. Ryan Newell.