Message from the Psychology Chair

Hello and welcome to the University of Mount Union Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Our psychology program is intended to prepare students for a variety of applied and research-based careers in psychology, including graduate school. Additionally, there are many other fields that complement a major or minor in psychology. These include education, sociology, business, athletic training, exercise science, criminal justice and more.

The core set of requirements acquaints students with the breadth of subfields in the discipline and exposes them to a rigorous sequence of research methods coursework. Additionally, students choose among three categories of electives that provide experience in a variety of areas of study. These include developmental and social areas, biological and experimental areas and applied areas.

More specifically, the goals of the department fall into five categories:

  • Knowledge Base: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience provides courses, programs and experiences that foster the acquisition of significant knowledge of the field, including historical and contemporary persons and events that have shaped the discipline. The department seeks to provide students with an understanding of the varied methods, theories and conceptual models that serve as organizing frameworks for understanding behavior and experience.
  • Intellectual Skills: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience provides programs, courses and experiences that enable students to develop skills in the areas of communication; information gathering; critical thinking; problem solving; and quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, analysis and interpretation.
  • Personal Characteristics: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience provides courses, programs and experiences that promote self-awareness, capacity for self-reflection and interpersonal competence.
  • Values, Ethics and Professionalism: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience provides courses, programs and experiences that encourage the development of an appreciation of diversity, values associated with psychological science and a commitment to ethical and professional behavior.
  • Career Development: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience provides courses, programs and experiences that enable students to use psychological knowledge, skills and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet their personal goals and societal needs.

There are many applied experiences in the program. From unique course projects that focus on facing your fears, to training dogs, to mental health advocacy, students are regularly exposed to real-life settings involving psychology and research. As part of the requirements for graduation, students also have the opportunity to complete an internship, including a special program that focuses on autistic populations. Finally, there are many opportunities for creating independent research projects with members of the faculty. The program is also an official chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in psychology and has an active Psychology Club.

Faculty members in the department share a wealth of interests and expertise. These include social psychology, mental health advocacy, cognitive psychology, applied behavior analysis for autistic populations, neuroscience, health psychology, behaviorism, educational psychology, family and marriage therapy, the psychology of humor, counseling psychology and LGBTQ advocacy.

On behalf of the department, I hope you will consider majoring in one of our three programs: psychology, neuroscience or human development and family science. Regardless of your selection, you will be provided with a rich, varied set of coursework and experiences that will challenge you academically and prepare you for the real world.

Best wishes in your future academic endeavors,

Sarah Torok-Gerard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience­­

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