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Major in Psychology at Southern Nazarene University

Our psychology program boasts a breadth of curriculum that intentionally engages the relationship between faith and psychology throughout the major and graduate program. We have the only academic program in Oklahoma preparing master’s level students to be registered play therapists. And excellent graduate programs in Counseling, Marital and Family Therapy and an available emphasis in Child Therapy. 

Our pass rates on the state licensing board were 71%. Not only the highest in entire state, but the highest by 20 percentage points!  SNU’s Psychology department has a uniquely close sense of community, some would even describe it as a “family” environment. As part of this family, you will have unique study opportunities. Creative and engaging classroom pedagogy prepare you to solve real world problems. You will enjoy our “hands-on” practicum that will enforce what you have learned in the classroom. Develop your counseling skills in our on-campus training site complete with a child therapy area with sand and play therapy equipment. 

“My classes have been much more than I ever expected, from handling a human brain to intense class discussions, my professors and peers have given me the opportunity to not just learn what is in our text books, but to really experience and grow from what we learn. I have been stretched and challenged to think outside my comfort zone, and as a result I have grown intellectually and in my faith.” –Tabitha McGinness, current Psychology Major.

Careers in Psychology

When you graduate with your degree in psychology from SNU, you’ll have the preparation you need for a successful career in many professions such as:

  • Counselor
  • Business Consultant
  • Graduate Psychology Student
  • Recruiter

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Psychology at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Tulsa and ONLINE

The Program

  • Spans a breadth of curriculum that intentionally engages the relationship between faith and psychology throughout the major and graduate program
  • Is the only academic program in Oklahoma preparing master’s level students to be registered play therapists
  • Includes excellent graduate programs in Counseling, Marital and Family Therapy and an available emphasis in Child Therapy
  • Students develop their skills with “hands-on” practicums in a variety of settings including our on-campus training site with a child therapy area

The Professors

  • Develop a close sense of community in the Psychology Department
  • All have doctorate degrees
  • Adjunct faculty bring in specialized expertise in diverse areas of psychology and counseling disciplines
  • Mentor students through the process of research and prepare them for presentations at conferences

The Preparation

  • Our graduates are ready to analyze and interpret data, think critically and communicate well in a number of settings.
  • Psychology graduates move into a number of careers including case management, counseling, rehabilitation specialists and more.

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Alumni Spotlight

Mindy Brooks
MIndy Brooks, Psychology alumni from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma
Currently: Director of Education and Research at Sesame Street

Responsibilities: Brooks gives oversight to the creation of all educational content. She also oversees the research that is conducted through testing in schools and around the US to ensure their target audience can comprehend, learn and enjoy the educational content.

In Her Words: “I would never have been able to get where I am today had it not been for the professors at SNU. The psychology professors poured time and energy into my development and really encouraged me to pursue my dream of attending graduate school at NYU. Had I not got to NYU, I would have never been offered this job at Sesame Street.”



Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage