Psychology & Mental Health Studies (BA)

At a Glance

16 months Program length
$499* Cost per credit hour
Online Program format

Tuition cost for entire program


Credit hours



Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

* All stated financial information is subject to change. Financial aid available.

Transform Lives with a Career in Mental Health

counselor talking with a young client

Make a profound impact on people’s lives. The world is hurting with people seeking to cope with physical, psychological and social challenges, and George Fox’s psychology and mental health studies major will put you on the path to making a tangible difference as a counselor, psychologist, therapist or educator.

What Will I Study?

Students in the Psychology & Mental Health Studies major will study:

  • The historical and contemporary pioneers responsible for a diverse approach to understanding human behavior and mental health
  • Personal and professional ethics in the helping professions and the systems for making ethical decisions
  • Human development from infancy through adulthood
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • The types, nature, and causes of major behavioral disorders
  • Christian faith as it relates to helping people and the influence of Christianity on society
PMHS 407 Christian Faith & Thought
PMHS 419 Child & Adolescent Development
PMHS 420 Adult Development & Aging
PMHS 421 Family & Group Dynamics
PMHS 424 Research Methods & Statistics
PMHS 427 Abnormal Psychology
PMHS 428 Interpersonal Communications
PMHS 432 Personal & Professional Ethics
PMHS 433 Addiction Disorders
PMHS 434 History, Culture, & Theories of Psychology
PMHS 436 Cognition, Memory, & Language
PMHS 437 Trauma & Coping
PMHS 475 (Optional) Field Experience (1-9 credits)

Credit Requirements

62 semester hours must be completed to enter a major. To graduate with a bachelor's degree, you must complete a total of 120 semester hours as follows:

Minimum required entry credits for major (Don't have enough credits?) 62
Additional credits needed for graduation (general education, electives, or life-learning credit) 22
Credits earned in Psychology & Mental Health Studies major
Total 120

Certificate in Behavioral Health

A Certificate in Behavioral Health is offered for students enrolled in the program. Courses focus on the study of human behavior and health outcomes and are designed for any student who wants to:

  • Pursue advanced learning in these areas
  • Add an emphasis to their existing major of study
  • Highlight a specialization in their current or future occupation, and/or
  • Demonstrate higher-level learning in these areas to graduate schools

Interested students must submit an application and receive approval before taking any of the certificate courses and must submit an application and receive approval before taking any of the certificate courses. A link to the application can be found in the George Fox Connect Commons Canvas site.

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  • The Psychology & Mental Health Studies major is offered 100% online
  • You will attend a synchronous cohort launch at the beginning of the major via Zoom, followed by 16 months of online course work in a cohort of peers
  • All major courses are offered one at a time in a sequential, condensed, accelerated format
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Job Prospects

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors will rise by 25% between 2019 and 2029, a much faster rate than the average for all occupations.

In addition, according to a recent report from Burning Glass, there are 1,000 jobs open to students with a psychology undergraduate degree in the Portland and Seattle areas from August 2020 to present.

Generally, those hired in the field hold some variation of the following titles:

  • Addictions therapist
  • Behavioral specialist
  • Mental health associate
  • Social and community service manager
  • Human service manager
  • Community support specialist
  • Instructional assistant
Sarah Ryan

Sarah Ryan

Adult Degree Program Graduate

[George Fox's Adult Degree Program] got me where I needed to go with a lot of support and little stress.

Meet the Prof

Brent Fisk

Get to know our professors before you actually meet them!

Brent Fisk is one of our psychology and mental health studies faculty members. He is a psychologist and behavioral health provider with Providence Medical Group in Newberg and has both a PsyD in clinical psychology and a master's degree in leadership. He also has a background in television and radio that is evidenced in the creativity he brings to his online courses.

Among the courses Brent has taught are Research Methods & Statistics, Personal & Professional Ethics, and Social & Behavioral Studies Applied Research.

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