Psychology Major Frequently Asked Questions

What is a typical psychology class size?
Approximately 20–25 students are enrolled in each psychology class at Mount Union.

Can I transfer credits from another university?
Yes. The chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, in collaboration with the Office of the Registrar, will review your transcripts to determine what equivalent credits will transfer to Mount Union.

What do current students enjoy most about Mount Union’s Psychology Program?
The breadth and depth of knowledge of Mount Union’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience translates into creative and unique courses and opportunities for students to explore their passions and build critical skills for real-world work and graduate study. Students enjoy the interactive courses taught by faculty who are known for their energy, collaborative spirit, devotion to teaching and mentoring, and excellent senses of humor. Hear directly from Marrianna White ’16 of Macedonia, OH, Chelsea Black ’17 of Millersburg, OH and Jake Rogers ’16 of Waynesburg, OH about their exceptional experience as psychology majors at Mount Union.

What can I expect to learn as a psychology student?
As a psychology major at Mount Union, you will explore the human mind and behavior through study in the foundations of psychological sciences, developmental psychology, social psychology and biological psychology. You also will gain invaluable experience through research courses and be presented with the opportunity to choose between numerous applied courses, such as Abnormal Psychology, Movies and Madness and Origins of Psychology.

What are the required courses for psychology?
Mount Union’s psychology curriculum consists of 128 credit hours and is designed to be completed in four academic years. Psychology majors at the University will take courses such as The Psychological Sciences, Research Methods and Data Analysis, Abnormal Psychology, Movies and Madness, Personality Theory, Drugs and Behavior, Origins of Psychology and Forensic Psychology. Psychology majors are also required to complete a psychology capstone. View a psychology major’s four-year academic plan and an entire list of the psychology courses offered at Mount Union.

What kind of hands-on experiences can I expect as a psychology major?
Mount Union’s psychology majors will be exposed to a curriculum that provides them with practical, hands-on experiences through experiential learning, internships, independent research opportunities, student organizations and service learning.

How do I apply for psychology research opportunities?
Opportunities to be involved in ongoing research with Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michelle Vaughan’s LGBT Strengths and Substance Lab and earn Independent Study credit are available to students who have completed PSY200 (at minimum) and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Ongoing projects include research on LGBTQQIAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Ally, Pansexual) ally trainings on campus, predicting alcohol use disorders in LGBT individuals, the effect of mindfulness on undergraduate helping skills trainings, positive psychology in LGBT populations and alternative/non-traditional relationships styles. Psychology students may assist with developing literature reviews and designing studies, gathering, entering and/or analyzing data, and preparing results for presentation/publication. If interested, contact Dr. Vaughan at vaughamd@mountunion.edu to set up a meeting to discuss specific opportunities and requirements. These positions are competitive and vary each semester.

Dr. Michael Knepp, assistant professor of psychology at Mount Union, works with four to eight undergraduate research assistants each semester in the psychology and neuroscience lab. Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and are interested in graduate and professional school are encouraged to apply. Contact Dr. Knepp at kneppm@mountunion.edu to set up a meeting to discuss ongoing research projects and application requirements.

What organizations can I join as a psychology major or minor?
Psychology students have the opportunity to join Mount Union’s Psychology Club and the University’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. In addition, students can also explore 80+ student organizations available at Mount Union.

What types of facilities and equipment will be available to psychology students?
Mount Union’s Psychology Program is housed on the second floor of the recently renovated Tolerton and Hood Hall. Psychology students benefit from a cognition laboratory; a social, developmental and counseling laboratory suite; a neuroscience classroom; and a full suite of cognitive and behavioral science laboratories. The social, developmental and counseling laboratory suite provides dedicated departmental space wired for audio and video recording for students and faculty to simulate real counseling offices and group spaces relevant to the study of human behavior as part of coursework and/or research. In addition, there is generous social space with tables and soft seating for students to use to study, socialize and meet with faculty. This space is equipped for both wired and wireless access to the campus network.

What types of jobs can I expect with a psychology degree?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in this social science field will grow over the next decade because of increased need for psychological services in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment clinics, consulting firms and private companies. BLS predicts a growth rate of 53% (about 900 new jobs) through 2022. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology, you’ll be prepared to work in a number of areas including mental health case management, personnel work, social work, school counseling, vocational rehabilitation, hospital administration, educational administration and public relations. Learn more about psychology careers.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the admission process?
You may contact the Office of Admission at admission@mountunion.edu.

Who do I contact if I have questions about Mount Union’s Psychology Program?
You may contact Dr. Sarah Torok-Gerard, associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, at (330) 829-8747 or torokse@mountunion.edu.

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