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Psychology

The Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at the University of Mount Union will help prepare students for a fulfilling career in psychology, one of the top ten in-demand careers. The program prepares students to further their studies at graduate school to become a professional psychologist, counselor, or to pursue other careers in the field of psychology including teaching, research, and other human services jobs. 

While fulfilling the degree requirements for Mount Union’s psychology program, students will gain invaluable experience through basic psychological science courses, research experience courses, and be presented with the opportunity to choose between numerous applied and clinical courses. Students can pair this social science major with any number of complementary disciplines for an education that uniquely meets their future goals. 

Psychology Major Quick Facts

Mount Union’s psychology curriculum consists of 44 disciplinary credit hours out of a total of 120 hours, which also includes the University’s requirements for its general education program, the Integrative Core. Psychology majors at the University will take a variety of courses in the field and the program offers several other unique features, including: 

  • Assisting Mount Union faculty with both human and animal-based laboratory research
  • Hands-on learning opportunities through internships including one with the Cleveland Clinic, student organizations, and service learning.
  • Access to dedicated departmental facilities wired for audio and video recording for students and faculty to simulate real counseling offices and a full suite of cognitive and behavioral science laboratories
  • Offers a unique, educational opportunity to get an in-depth, first-hand experience in autism advocacy with the Spectrum Education Center

Mount Union's psychology program was ranked #3 in Ohio, #7 in the Great Lakes region, and #45 in the nation as a best value in College Factual's 2018 rankings.

Learning Objectives

With a broad-base of knowledge regarding behavior and mental processes, a major in psychology at the University of Mount Union will prepare you for advanced study in graduate and professional schools in several different areas including:

  • Developmental, Social, and Personality psychology
  • Biological and Experimental psychology
  • Applied, Clinical, and Educational psychology

With a combination of classroom theory and practical experience, students will be prepared for a rewarding future in whatever field you choose. Read the frequently asked questions about a psychology degree.

DEPARTMENTAL MISSION

The mission of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development is to develop and maintain an academic curriculum and co-curricular activities that help students acquire a broad base of knowledge in the field, acquire the intellectual and communication skills necessary to participate in these fields as scientists and practitioners, and develop characteristics that encourage personal fulfillment, meaningful work and responsible citizenship.

DEPARTMENTAL GOALS

The goals of the department fall into five categories:

Knowledge Base 

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development 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, Neuroscience, and Human Development 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, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs, and experiences that promote self-awareness, capacity for self-reflection, and interpersonal competence.

Values, Ethics, and Professionalism 

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development 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, Neuroscience, and Human Development 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 personal goals and societal needs.

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