Rachel Bowman

“This program is as much about who you are as it is about what you know. It shaped the way I experienced college. It informed how I engaged my cross-cultural and motivated my engagement on campus as a student leader. My relationships with my professors gave me the confidence to find my voice in the classroom and on-campus.”

-Rachel Bowman, Archbold, Ohio
Psychology major
Honors Program participant
Middle East cross-cultural participant
Leader of campus restorative justice initiatives


As a psychology student at EMU, you will integrate your personal, professional-ethical, social, and faith understandings of psychology through rigorous academic study and research. The program has an Anabaptist perspective on the art and practice of psychology, preparing students to serve the common good.

You will study abnormal, cognitive, developmental, personality and social psychology courses culminating in a senior capstone internship in a local community service agency. You will also develop self-awareness, communication and relevant work-place skills.

Psychology research at EMU includes design, implementation, collection and analysis of data. You will be encouraged to present at the Virginia Psychological Association. You may take advantage of a research assistant positions.

Advisers help psychology students customize studies with optional interdisciplinary courses in music, peacebuilding, or the sciences. Cross-cultural study prepares graduates to think critically from the point of view of “the other,” interact comfortably with people from a variety of backgrounds, and recognize our interconnected world.

Graduate placements

As a graduate of the program, you will develop professional and relevant work-place skills. Recent grads are employed in:

  • child youth services
  • hospitals and clinics
  • alternative schools
  • public and private mental health facilities
  • disabilities services

Preparation for further study

EMU psychology alumni are in graduate programs in:

  • Sports psychology
  • School counseling
  • Career counseling
  • Community agency counseling
  • Counselor education
  • Clinical psychology
  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Art therapy programs
  • Music therapy programs
  • Law school

Psychology Program News

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    Ten seniors honored with Cords of Distinction for their impact on campus and community

    May 2nd, 2016

    Ten graduating seniors were honored as Cords of Distinction recipients in a ceremony held Saturday afternoon, April 30, 2016 at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Faculty, staff and fellow students nominated the recipients, who were cited for their “significant and verifiable impact” on the university and on student life; for their contributions to developing the institution’s …More

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    Spring recognition chapel celebrates student leadership and achievement

    April 15th, 2016

    A variety of student accomplishments were celebrated at Eastern Mennonite University’s annual spring student recognition chapel service today [April 15, 2016]. Rachel Roth Sawatsky, director of student programs, opened the service: “Every day on this campus, there are great people doing great things, big and small gestures, accomplishments made after long-term commitments and one-off unexpected …More

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