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Academic Programs

Welcome to the Psychology Department! The focus of the Psychology Department at College of the Ozarks is to prepare students to evaluate psychology concepts from a biblically-informed Christian Worldview, to be intelligent consumers of research, and to possess pre-professional knowledge and skills. A balanced curriculum brings together the theoretical and practical dimensions of psychology through experiential courses and opportunities for community-based internships.

Major in Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

The Psychology Department has both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs available. In addition, a psychology minor is an option that complements numerous career fields. A list of required courses for the psychology majors or minor is available by visiting the College Catalog.

Objectives of the Psychology Program

The objectives for psychology majors include:

  • demonstrate a practical working knowledge of the science and theoretical applications of psychology (Academic);
  • obtain a foundation in psychology sufficient for further professional training or graduate work in such fields as counseling, clinical psychology, public safety, social services, or school counseling (Vocational);
  • integrate psychological concepts with a Christian worldview in order to effectively incorporate faith in the human services field (Christian);
  • impact their local and global communities by applying practical skills and psychological knowledge to solving personal and societal issues (Patriotic);
  • evidence awareness of the influence of cultural backgrounds and experiences on the development of psychological processes (Cultural).


  • Jeff Elliott
  • Sheryl Haile
  • Rebecca Hendrix




What can I do with a degree in psychology?

Picture of student at 2014 Psychology Department Graduation Party


Graduate Schools

Student Groups

Christian Psychology Club

Christian Psychology Club MembersThe Christian Psychology club is for all Psychology majors and minors. Our goal is to support each other in the integration of Christianity into the psychology profession. We meet regularly to discuss ways in which we can impact our school and our community. As a club, we regularly participate in activities, fundraisers, and community service projects.

Locks of Love

Student holding her hair that was cut for Locks of Love


Student bowling at Woodland Lanes

Baseball for Heroes

Three students sitting at an admissions table to an event

Psi Chi: The National Honor Society in Psychology

National Honor Society in Psychology LogoPsi Chi is the National Honor Society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
Members of Psi Chi 2015





Departmental Activities and News

For upcoming Psychology department activities, please contact the Psychology Office at (417) 690-2447, eMail, or stop by the office in Pfeiffer 211.


London Trip

Students and faculty who attended the London Trip 2015

Great Plains Students' 

Psychology Convention

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