The Psychology major emphasizes the scientific study of human behavior in areas such as cognition, development, learning, physiology, personality, and social processes. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad background in psychological theory and research and to develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to be good consumers of scientific information.
The Psychology program exposes students to a number of areas of psychology but allows flexibility in the specific courses that are taken in each sub-area. Students are also required to obtain applied experience by completing an internship or by assisting faculty with their research. Elective credits can be used for additional internship or research experience.
- Positions in local, state, and federal government
- Entry-level psychological service positions in:
- Human services
- Applied behavior
- Human resources
- Community Relations Officer
- Affirmative Action Officer
- Recreation Worker
- Probation and Parole Officer
- Corrections Officer
- Sales Representative
- Daycare Center Supervisor
- Research Assistant
- Social Work Assistant
- Case Management Aide
- Child Abuse Worker
- Community Outreach Worker
- Therapeutic Support Staff
- Employment Assistant Specialist
The program provides a strong background for graduate education at both the master's and the doctoral level in counseling, social work, and many areas of psychology.
Membership in clubs and organizations can be a rewarding educational and social experience. There is a student-run psychology club on campus, and they can also become a member of the National Honor Society in Psychology. Students may also choose to become affiliates of the Eastern Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and/or the American Psychological Society.
Behavioral Health and Counseling Psychology Certificate
Psychology students can now complement their degree program by earning a certificate in behavioral health and psychology.
Behavioral health and counseling psychology is an applied field of psychology and counseling that helps people to improve their functioning, both as individuals and in their relationships with others. Clinical and counseling psychologists help people with physical and mental health issues to improve their well-being, reduce stress, and resolve crises. This 15-credit certificate program is ideal for psychology majors interested in pursuing clinical psychology and adult students taking courses part time for career advancement. This may also serve as the gateway to a minor or major in psychology.
Complement your degree with a minor in Addictions and Recovery
The multi-disciplinary minor in Addictions and Recovery supplements the educational needs of students who wish to gain advanced knowledge and skills to support people struggling with a substance use disorder in all stages of the recovery process. Upon completion of the minor, students will have the knowledge and skills to support development and administration of programs designed to improve outcomes for those struggling with addictions and recovery.
For more information about the Psychology degree program, contact:
Dr. Cory Scherer