/ Psychology Department

Special Programs and Opportunities

Studying psychology at Hope is about more than taking classes.

Take part in our research program, learn about the internship and practicum opportunities we provide, and take part in the Psychology Club and Psi Chi Honor Society.

Research
  • Our department is well known for our faculty-student collaborative research. Visit our research page for more detailed information on projects by our faculty and how you can get involved.
Internships
Psi Chi and Psychology Club
  • Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in psychology. The Hope chapter was chartered in October 1965. Our Psi Chi chapter provides you with the opportunity to join the club if you meet certain standards required by Psi Chi and the Association of College Honor Societies (a governing body for college honor societies):
    • Requirements for election to Psi Chi:
      • Completion of at least three semesters of college coursework
      • Completion of at least three psychology courses
      • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.00
      • Rank in the upper 35% of your class
      • A minimum GPA in psychology courses of 3.00
      • High standards of personal behavior
  • We also offer a general Psychology Club, started in 2014 and run by an active and cohesive community of students. Our club is open to anyone interested in the field of psychology. Please contact President Erin Freiburger at erin.freiburger@hope.edu for more information on joining.
Departmental Awards
  • Hope students have the strongest track record in the region of winning the highly competitive Psi Chi Regional Research Award — 15 of the past 18 years (nine years with multiple winners). Around 20 students from our region are selected each year (from over 250 submissions).
Scholarships
  • Visit Hope’s scholarship page for information on all of the scholarships available to you. Your Common Application also serves as your application for academic scholarships at Hope.
  • Awards and scholarships selected by psychology faculty:
      • Christopher James Stringer Jr. Memorial Award
        A cash award given to a deserving junior or senior student majoring in psychology to assist in the continuation of a high caliber of work in the fields of psychology and social service.
      • Arthur J. Ter Keurst ’32 Psychology Scholarship
        A scholarship established by Ruth Laug TerKeurst as a memorial to her husband, Dr. Arthur John TerKeurst. This scholarship is awarded at the conclusion of the junior year to a student majoring in psychology who has a distinguished academic record and financial need, and who, in the opinion of the psychology department faculty, shows promise of a distinguished career in psychology.
      • Phyllis J. Vandervelde Memorial Scholarship Award
        Established by Dr. Richard Vandervelde, family and friends in memory of Phyllis J. Vandervelde. The scholarship is awarded to a student entering their senior year who demonstrates financial need, and shows promise of developing character traits that marked Phyllis Vandervelde's own life, including: a self-giving love for other people, faith and values that guided her life, high standards of integrity, loyalty to those whom she loved and a capacity for experiencing and spreading joy.

 “While the classes and professors are all fantastic, it was the opportunity for research that stood out to me as exceptional compared to other undergrad programs.”

—Hope psychology major