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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.”

-Rachel Bowman, Harrisonburg, Va. 
Psychology ’16

Rachel will begin a PhD in Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University in Fall 2017.


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.

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

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