Are you interested in what makes people tick? For example, why do people help when you're standing by a country road, but don't when you're stranded on the interstate? Why do some people eat when they're depressed and others lose their appetites? What do humans and other animals have in common? What is the relationship between your early childhood experiences and your later adult life? Is your behavior determined more by your genes or your experience? If these kinds of questions are of interest to you, psychology may be the major for you.
Psychologists study many issues relevant to the human condition. While some focus on how to help people with problems, others work to better select and train employees. While some psychologists are interested in how the brain determines behavior, others study how behavior changes as we age. Psychologists can be found in human service agencies, schools, industry, advertising, hospitals, and research laboratories. Furthermore, a background in psychology can give you a good foundation for careers in business, law, medicine, or religion.
The Psychology Department is a friendly department with dedicated teachers and advisers. It offers two majors and one minor to fit students' varying career interests. The department's faculty will help you prepare for your future career with individual attention, research opportunities, and supervised internships. While you might fall through the cracks at a larger school, you won't at Clarion. This is a great place to learn about psychology and yourself!
Psychology (B.S.) Outcomes
Demonstrate psychology information literacy
Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research
Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
Adopt values that contribute to community building at both the local and global levels
Demonstrate effective writing in multiple formats
Exhibit effective presentation skills in multiple formats
Enhance teamwork capacity
Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation
Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
Develop a working knowledge of the content domains of psychology
Describe applications that employ discipline-based problem solving
Psychology, B..S. (48 credits)
Required: PSY 211, 230, 251 (each with the grade of C or higher), and PSY 260. In addition, at least one from among PSY 352, 452, 453, or 458; at least one from among PSY 321, 331, 464, 467, 471, or 475; at least two from among PSY 354, 355, 362, 454, or 455; and one of PSY 401, 456 or 470 are required. Additional courses to total 48 credits in psychology are required to complete the major. At least four courses at the 400 level (only three credits of PSY 499 or COOP 468 may be used), chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor, must be included within the major. Students also must complete one college-level mathematics course (MATH 111 or higher) in addition to the general education mathematics requirement or place into MATH 171 or above.
Psychology. B.A. (39 credits)
Required: PSY 211, 230, 251 (each with the grade of C or higher), 260, 354, 355, and either 456 or 470, plus at least 18 credits in psychology electives chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor. Three elective courses at the 400-level (only three credits of PSY 499 or COOP 468 may be used) in addition to PSY 456 or 470, are required. In addition to the above, students are required to pass the final examination in either their 250 or 252 language course.
Sociology/Psychology, B.A. (42 Credits)
Required: Three Sociology courses and four courses chosen from Sociology or Social Work. In addition, PSY 211, PSY 230, PSY 260, and PSY 354 are required, as well as 9 credits of psychology electives at least six of which must be at the 300 or 400 level (only three credits of PSY 499 or COOP 468 may be used). In addition to the above, students are required to pass the final examination in either their 250 or 252 language course.
Psychology, Minor (18-20 credits)
Available to all undergraduate students.
Required: PSY 211 and five other psychology courses (at least nine credits of which must be at the 300 or 400 level). A 2.0 QPA is required in the minor.