Psychology | Mount St. Joseph University
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Psychology majors at Mount St. Joseph University investigate human behavior and mental processes in a discipline that employers value.

The psychology program provides excellent preparation for careers in mental health, child development, psychological research, human resources, education and more. This major is also a strong choice for students who plan to pursue graduate school in psychology or related fields, such as law, social work or physical therapy.  The major focuses on the theories, research techniques, and applications of the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes, as we emphasize development of critical thinking and research skills. 

Award-Winning Students and Faculty

Since 1998, ten of our students have won regional and national Psi Chi (the national honor society in psychology) awards for presenting exceptional research at professional conferences--that's more than any other area college or university. In addition, our faculty have earned numerous college-wide awards for teaching excellence and distinguished scholarship, and state-wide awards for teaching excellence.

Featured Courses:

The program consists of 51-52 credit hours in courses such as:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Cognition and Memory
  • Research I and II
  • Social Psychology.

Career Potential:

A survey of our recent psychology graduates showed that 100% of them had either obtained full-time employment or were pursuing graduate study.
Our psychology graduates have had incredible success in graduate school and in a variety of careers, including:

  • Mental health specialist
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Children's center supervisor
  • Pretrial officer
  • Marketing researcher
  • Boys and girls club director
  • Insurance underwriting manager.

Students have pursued graduate degrees in clinical, school, and developmental psychology, as well as social work, law, and physical therapy. Visit our Alumni Careers webpage to see examples of our graduates’ careers.

Hands-On Experience

Gain valuable experience and earn money with the Mount’s extensive cooperative education program. Co-op placements have included:

  • Assisting with group counseling in community mental health agencies
  • Coordinating clinical research in local hospitals
  • Providing education and support to children with developmental disabilities.

Students can also collaborate with faculty on research projects to design and conduct their own research project, in which they can present at a professional psychology conference.  Through this, they can meet researchers from across the country and the world.

Health Professions Tracks

Psychology majors have the option of tailoring their coursework to pursue a variety of health professions other than traditional mental health professions, including the following (NOTE: These careers require specific prerequisite courses outside the psychology major as well as training beyond the bachelor’s degree):

  • Child Life Specialist
  • Primary Care/Health Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant

Alumni Profile:

Debra Reisinger '12 is a graduate student in a School Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She says, "Through the Mount's psychology program, I was continuously challenged, inspired, and guided toward my career path in psychology. I developed excellent research, clinical, and practical skills in a variety of environments, including classes, co-op, and practicum opportunities. The faculty were exceptionally supportive and knowledgeable, guiding me during my four years as an undergraduate. I was able to help different faculty members with their research projects. All of these experiences prepared me well for graduate school!"

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent psychology program news and events; visit the department of psychology page. 

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