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Psychology Department

The discipline of psychology is concerned with the scientific study of cognition, emotion, and behavior.

Students at Covenant are equipped to conduct research on human behavior, prepared for advanced work in psychology, and instilled with the professionalism necessary to apply the principles learned in psychology. This study is done in the context of Covenant’s rich liberal arts tradition.


For General Education

The goals of the psychology department for general education students are:

  1. to instill in students an appreciation and respect for studying the behavior and mental processes of God’s creation in all its diversity;
  2. to expose students to the varied perspectives, research, theories, and applications in the field of psychology;
  3. to promote in students a quality of discernment with respect to the claims about what is known in psychology today;
  4. to develop students’ ability to understand the value and importance of utilizing both biblical and empirical methods for understanding human behavior;
  5. to provide participatory, hands-on, educational opportunities to enhance the understanding of psychological science.


For the Major Field

For students majoring in psychology, the additional goals of the psychology department are:

  1. to help students develop the capabilities needed to understand and conduct research in psychology and related fields;
  2. to prepare qualified students for advanced work in psychology;
  3. to instill in students life-long values of competence and professionalism when applying principles drawn from psychology;
  4. to encourage students’ active involvement in professional activities such as field trips, internships, department colloquia, and on-going faculty research.


"In high school, I faced different trials and heard many different stories that made me intrigued to understand how our mind and body works. I enjoy psychology because I am able to learn more about myself and the grief I have faced, and I am also able to learn how to help people using a Christ-centered mindset."
- Maggie Chiang ’20


Psychology Coursework

Students studying psychology may take a wide variety of courses, including:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology

The student majoring in psychology may take advantage of experimental equipment for individual research projects, calculator and computer facilities for the analysis of research data, and internship opportunities at various mental health agencies in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The psychology department is committed to an academically responsible concept of the integration process. It provides the opportunity for relating the discipline to a Reformed Christian world and life-view. Students majoring in psychology examine contemporary viewpoints on integration relative to psychology and work toward a personal statement reflecting their efforts.


Recent Senior Capstone Projects

  • “Cross-Cultural Approaches to Emotion Regulation”
  • “An Invitation to Tears: The Psychological and Biblical Case for Grief”
  • “The Psychology of Decision Making in Online Advertising”
  • “Psychologically Healthy Approaches to Eating and Exercise within a Christian Framework”
  • “Behavioral and Neurological Wounds: Long-term Effects of Untreated Childhood Trauma in Adult Survivors”


Where Our Alumni Are

(A representative sample)

  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Alabama
  • Wheaton College
  • Richmont Graduate University
  • Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Mental health technician, Focus Healthcare of Tennessee
  • Research assistant, University of Tennessee College of Medicine
  • Prevention program coordinator, CADAS
  • Psychotherapist, South Shore Mental Health


Programs, Courses, and Requirements

Major and Concentrations


Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs

Academic Certificates

  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Journalism and Society
  • Medical Ethics Consultation
  • Neuroscience
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


  • Art, 2-D Concentration 
  • Art, 3-D Concentration 
  • Art, Art History Concentration 
  • Art, Graphic Design Concentration 
  • Art, Photography Concentration 
  • Art minor
  • Art History minor

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Biblical & Theological Studies 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies minor
  • Biblical Languages minor
  • History of Christianity minor
  • Missions minor
  • Youth Ministry minor


  • Biology, Biomedical Concentration 
  • Biology, Environmental Concentration 
  • Biology, General 
  • Biology, Health Professions Concentration 
  • Biology minor


  • Business 
  • Business, Accounting Concentration 
  • Business, Finance Concentration 
  • Business, Marketing Concentration 
  • Sport Management 
  • Business minor
  • Sport Management minor


  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration 
  • Chemistry, General 
  • Biochemistry minor
  • Chemistry minor

Computer Science

  • Computer Science 
  • Computer Science minor

Economics & Community Development

  • Community Development 
  • Economics 
  • Community Development minor
  • Economics minor


  • Education Studies 
  • Elementary Education (P-5) 
  • Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program 
  • Education minor

Engineering 3:2 Program

  • Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration


  • English 
  • English, Writing Concentration 
  • English minor
  • Writing minor

Health, Wellness and Coaching

  • Coaching minor

History, Politics, and International Studies

  • History 
  • History, Art History Concentration 
  • Political Science 
  • International Studies 
  • History minor
  • Political Science minor

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations 


  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics minor


  • Music, Church Music Concentration 
  • Music, Creative Studies Concentration 
  • Music, General Music Concentration 
  • Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration 
  • Music, Organ Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Vocal Performance Concentration 
  • Music minor


  • Philosophy 
  • Philosophy minor


  • Physics 
  • Physics minor

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law Studies 
  • Pre-Medical Studies 
  • Pre-Nursing Studies 
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 


  • Psychology 
  • Psychology minor


  • Sociology 
  • Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration 
  • Sociology minor


  • Theatre 
  • Theatre minor

World Languages

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • French minor
  • Spanish minor