Do you want to find meaning in your own life and help others do the same? Have you ever wondered why your little sister needs so much of your attention? Are you interested in the differences in men and women, or how the Amish adjust to life in the modern world? Then your future is in the Department of Psychology.
Understanding human thought, behavior and interaction are the goals of this vital social science field. Developing your innate gifts through knowledge and skill building is the goal of the talented experts in our department. The fascinating courses will prepare you for work in the real world after graduation or for graduate school. Local and state agencies and private institutions offer our students internships that give both practical experience and essential job contacts. If you have always wanted to serve others, why not contact us, and we’ll show you how.
BA in Psychology
BS in Psychology
The “Researcher – Practitioner” Model
The psychology program of study is shaped by the “researcher-practitioner” model. Students learn both research skills and therapeutic techniques for working with clients. Our psychology faculty members strongly believe that those in the helping professions must be able to understand and contribute to professional research in order to offer their clients the best and most current interventions.
Learning Research Skills
Psychology majors are required to complete a three-semester sequence consisting of PSY 3500 Statistics, PSY 3800 Descriptive Research & Design, and PSY 3801 Experimental Research & Design. In PSY 3500 you will learn how to analyze and interpret data using a statistical program. This statistical knowledge will then be used in the two research courses in which you will design studies, gather and analyze data, and produce APA style manuscripts reporting on your findings. This hands-on exposure to research trains you in skills that will be valuable in both graduate school and employment.
Psychology internships are offered in both the B.S. and B.A. in Psychology. You may choose to complete one internship (PSY 4050) for 3 credit hours or add a second internship (PSY 4060) for an additional 3 credit hours.
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