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B.S. Psychology of Human Relations

“The mission of the program is to create hope in the world by better understanding human relationships.”

- Dr. Theresa Veach


About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology of Human Relations at Indiana Wesleyan University is a program oriented around the practice of psychology with an emphasis on the application of psychological principles in everyday life. Courses include relationship development, organizational psychology, theories of personality, social psychology, spiritual formation, and counseling techniques.

Program Introduction

Are you looking to increase your understanding of yourself and improve your relationships while building a foundation for a future in the helping professions, business or ministry?

Whether you are simply fascinated by the psychological dimensions of life and relationships or want to advance your career, the Bachelor of Science in Psychology of Human Relations is built on core knowledge of psychology from a Christian perspective and empowers you to focus on areas of interest based on your passions, experience and life calling.

Program Mission

The mission of the BS in Psychology of Human Relations program is to "create hope in the world by understanding and improving relationships." The Capstone Program courses are the practical application of this overarching objective.

Capstone Program

A capstone course includes a multi-faceted project that is the culmination of an academic program. Capstone experiences vary widely and can range from a major academic thesis to personal artistic performances or presentations. The Capstone Program for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology of Human Relations consists of long-term, investigative assignments that guide the student into a deeper understanding and synthesis of the knowledge gained and the personal growth attained during four phases of the program.

Capstone Objectives

The Capstone Program is the unifying component that serves to help students:

  1. Discover personal gifts, strengths and interests that can be used to bring hope to the world.
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of how the identified gifts, strengths and interests can be applied to an area of specialization.
  3. Design a culminating project in a way that utilizes personal and academic discoveries and brings hope to the world in a tangible way.

To this end, the Capstone Program is designed to be a unique experience with four capstone courses tailored to fit the gifts, strengths and interests of each student.

These courses include the following:

  • PSY 345 Relational Development I
  • PSY 357 Research Methods in Applied Psychology
  • PSY 420 Relational Development II
  • PSY 491 Capstone in Psychology of Human Relations

Indiana Wesleyan University

Founded in 1920, Indiana Wesleyan University is a comprehensive, Christian university committed to liberal arts and professional education. Over 10,000 students are enrolled in classes throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and online.

IWU’s innovative Adult and Graduate programs are offered at our 16 regional Education Centers. Each Education Center houses state-of-the-art classrooms, library resources, study rooms, computer labs, and conference rooms. Programs are also available at a number of convenient learning sites located throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Since 1997, most of these programs have been available online, making quality education accessible throughout the United States and around the world.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

Not all programs are offered at all locations and some may only be available online.

Off-Campus Library Services

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see indwes.edu/ocls.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
Prerequisite Courses 6 Total $392 / credit hour
Psychology of Human Relations 40 Total $392 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course materials will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of materials increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, e-books and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.


Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Prerequisite Courses


Core Courses



Below are the lists of requirements for the BS Psychology of Human Relations program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  1. Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.

  2. Original transcripts from all previous college or university studies at regionally accredited colleges or universities or at an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
  3. Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or from an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education is required before starting the core program. A maximum of 40 credit hours may be earned through the assessed learning process toward the required 60.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science with Major in Psychology of Human Relations baccalaureate degree from the College of Adult and Professional Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Completion of 120 credit hours.
  2. Completion of all required core courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  3. Overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  4. A total of 30 credit hours must be completed at the 300 & 400 level.
  5. Payment of all tuition and fees.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Application Procedures

  1. Application
    • Apply online at indwes.edu.
  2. Transcripts
    • College: Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.
    • College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades.
  3. TOEFL Scores
    • Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see www.toefl.org.

Prior Learning Assessment

Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.