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Program Overview

Program Overview

We know psychology has practical application in every facet of life.  And, it provides a strong foundation for many career paths. So we've designed a broad curriculum with opportunities that will give you the training you need for your career goals. You'll learn to understand yourself and others better. Our electives will allow you to study what interests you the most. 

Excel with research and internship opportunities in Nashville. You'll also have the chance to attend and present research at conferences and join in Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology. 

Build relationships with our respected, experienced faculty — award-winning professors and working clinicians. Our faculty holds six Outstanding Teacher awards, two Baker Awards, and two Outstanding Advisor Awards. They represent the areas of counseling, family therapy, clinical psychology, health psychology, neuroscience, child development and cognitive psychology. 

When you receive your degree, you'll be ready for graduate work, if you choose that career path. No matter what, you'll be ready to take what you've learned to serve others, whether it's at home or across international lines.



Specific courses required (36 hours):

  • PS 1113 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PS 2313 - Behavior Modification
  • PS 2423 - Life Span Development
  • PS 2503 - Behavioral Statistics
  • PS 2603 - Introduction to Psychological Research
  • PS 3413 - Social Psychology
  • PS 3463 - Personality Theories
  • PS 3543 - Psychological Measurement
  • PS 4423 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PS 4523 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PS 4543 - Biological Psychology and
  • PS 4613 - History and Systems of Psychology

Available electives (9 hours):

  • PS 3141 - Independent Research
  • PS 3243 - Human Development and Learning
  • PS 3323 - Business and Industrial Psychology
  • PS 3453 - Death and Dying
  • PS 3483 - Human Sexuality
  • PS 3513 - Drugs and Behavior
  • PS 412V - Psychological Topics
  • PS 460V - Internship in Psychology
  • PS 4913 - Research Practicum


Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Dale Alden

    Dale Alden

    Assistant Professor

    Alden is a longstanding faculty member in the department of psychology and counseling. He teaches Introduction to Psychopathology, Psychological Assessment, and Biological Psychology for the graduate program. Alden is...

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  • Andrea Mills

    Andrea Mills

    Director of Counseling Center

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  • Shanna Ray

    Shanna Ray

    Chair, Psychology

    Shanna Ray has a B.S. in Psychology from Lipscomb University, M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D./M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Ray joined...

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  • Katie Osborn Spirko

    Katie Spirko

    Assistant Professor of Psychology

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  • Jackie Spivey

    Jackie Spivey

    Associate Professor of Psychology

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  • Hunter Stanfield

    Hunter Stanfield

    Assistant Professor of Family Science

    Hunter Stanfield is an assistant professor of family science. He completed an undergraduate degree in business administration as well as masters degrees in psychology and dispute resolution from Pepperdine University....

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Career Paths

Psychiatric Technicians and Aides

Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. Technicians typically provide therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions. Aides help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment.


Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments. They use their findings to help improve processes and behaviors.

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, mental health issues, or other mental or behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help clients recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.