Why people behave the way they do and believe what they do is at the heart of psychology. As a psychology major at Fresno Pacific University, you will study human behavior and mental processes in an integrative manner in order to learn to view your world psychologically. FPU's psychology major emphasizes mastery of scientific methodology—you’ll learn how to think in new ways. Coursework provides a foundation in psychology, while challenging you to examine people from scientific, religious, philosophical, physiological and socio-cultural perspectives. Our program also differs from others in that it is decidedly non-territorial. Faculty encourage students to double major or minor in other subjects to spark a cross-disciplinary education.


  • Flexible program which can be tailored to your career goals
  • Both clinical and experimental research emphases
  • Opportunities for applied practicum experiences as well as research

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in academia, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy and industrial psychology. Others have gone on to work in fields where psychology can provide context for careers in law enforcement, human resources, consultation, business, public relations and more. Students interested in medicine (particularly neurology, psychiatry, family practice or pediatrics) are strongly encouraged to consider a double major in psychology, as psychological health is becoming an increasingly crucial aspect of overall health.

Program director

Jay Pope, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology