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The Psychology Department

Psychology (Track I & II)
Family Psychology

Ruth Provost, Psy. D.

Paul Rhoads, Ph.D.

Dennis Vowell, Psy.D.




The Psychology Department at Williams seeks to help students gain insight into human behavior leading to a better understanding of their own thoughts, feelings and actions. The department also seeks to provide all students with an overview and careful examination of important research areas in psychology based upon a Christian world view.

Psychologists apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of careers, including education and counseling. If you are considering a major in psychology, the department can equip you with a solid background in advanced areas of psychology for further study in graduate school and careers in related fields.

As a psychology major, you will receive hands-on experience in psychological testing, conduction of psychological research, and development of counseling skills.

Williams graduates have entered graduate programs at Hardin-Simmons University, the University of Memphis, the University of Texas, University of Arkansas in Little Rock and Wheaton College.


The Psychology Department offers the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in psychology and family psychology. The department also offers a minor in psychology for students desiring to major in another field but who also want the benefit of a background in psychology.


In order to meet the various needs of persons interested in psychology, the department offers three separate tracks in psychology.

Track I is designed for students seeking a professional career in psychology that would necessitate graduate work in the field. Occupation options for these students include clinical work, professional counseling, development psychology (child, adolescent, and aging), psychological research, social psychology, organizational-industrial psychology, mental health, and environmental psychology.

Track II is designed for students whose career goals do not require graduate work. Occupational options for these students include law enforcement, ministry, law school or business.

Family Psychology (Track III)

This major is designed for students interested in working with the family whether in private counseling, in a church or social setting. It was created out of concerns by the Psychology Department by the issues facing the family today. Williams is one of only a very few colleges in the nation to offer a degree of this nature at the undergraduate level.

Christian Emphasis

All members of the Psychology Department are Christians who are deeply committed to the Christian faith from the foundation of a set of Christian presuppositions which, then, serve as the basis for the study of psychology.


Upper-level psychology majors have the opportunity to gain practical work experience at one of a variety of mental health institutions in the area. These experiences are designed primarily for exemplary students who are preparing for graduate school and further mental health work.

Small Class Size

The psychology program at Williams combines strong academic instruction with a deep commitment to individual attention and small class size. Students have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with professors on a regular basis, and upper-level psychology classes usually range in size from 10 to 15 students.