Psychology and Human Services

Psychology and human services prepares students for a wide range of careers in a rapidly-expanding field.

Montreat College’s Psychology and Human Services program provides a solid foundation for counseling and other human services work: a rich liberal arts experience, interactive classes, and research experience. The course work blends psychology, counseling, and social work, preparing students to apply the knowledge and experience they gain in a wide variety of occupational settings.

Montreat College professors challenge students to explore the relationships between Christian faith, academic study, and secular theories.

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Montreat Psychology and Human Services students gain hands-on experience through required internships.

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Montreat’s Psychology and Human Services programs offer service opportunities through experiential learning courses.

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Montreat College also offers a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling for students looking to continue their education.

A Growing Need

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that many psychology and human services careers will be among the fastest growing job markets in the next five years.

Sample Courses

PY 201 Psychology Applied to Modern Life

This course offers majors and non-majors an opportunity to apply knowledge from psychology to practical problems. It provides students with an overview of the theory and research in psychology that is related to the demands and challenges of everyday life. Students examine issues that affect their own adjustment to modern life. The following topics will be addressed: stress, physical health, love relationships, gender, communications, self, personality, work, and development.

PY 314 Personality

Basic principles of personality structure, dynamics, development, assessment, and theory are discussed. Consideration is given to both the environmental and biological determinants of personality.

PY 416 Learning and Memory

This course provides a basic overview of the principles, theories, and applications of learning and memory. We will cover basic research, theory, and applications in human learning, memory, information processing, verbal learning, conditioning, and social learning. The knowledge you take away from this course will be useful to you in a wide variety of settings—not only psychology but also in your own personal and professional worlds.

Career Opportunities

  • Psychologist
  • Case Management Worker
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Psychiatrist
  • Social Worker
  • Adoption Services Counselor
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Victim Assistance Advisor
  • School Counselor
  • Probation Officer
  • Music Therapist
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Customer Service Director


Mark Hunter

Dr. Mark Hunter
Associate Professor of Psychology, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Chair, Studies in Psychology and Human Services
Faculty of Science and Human Services​

Adjunct Faculty

Marianna Glass

Garrett Hazelton


Human Services

The structure of contemporary society changes rapidly, challenging individuals and families to survive and adapt. Our Human Services program prepares you to serve these individuals with empathy and skill. Specific areas of study include:

  • human development
  • marriage and family studies and therapy
  • counseling
  • human sexuality
  • faith development
  • social services

Our Human Services concentration integrates the disciplines of psychology, counseling, and social work. You’ll participate in two courses during your sophomore or junior years that provide hands-on experience. We then require an intensive off-campus internship during the summer after your junior year. Students who choose this concentration can earn either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree.


Our Psychology concentration will help you grow—both personally and academically. You’ll gain self-awareness in addition to an understanding of current concepts and historical trends in the field of psychology. We also teach basic research methods, design, and analysis. Our course of study focuses on psychological theories and research about human behavior and psychological processes. The goals of psychology are to describe, explain, and predict these behaviors and processes.

Our goal is to help you understand how to implement your psychological knowledge, skills, and values in a variety of occupational settings. To that end, we require an intensive off-campus internship during the summer after your junior year. Students who choose this concentration can earn either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree.

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