• Derek Blagojevic

    Derek Blagojevic ’15

    of Cedar Lake, Ind. received first-hand experience with the court

    system by interning with the Court Appointed Special Advocates

    at the Jasper County Courthouse.

  • Gabi Nearing


    Gabriela Nearing '15

    of North Manchester, Indiana

    "I chose SJC for the interactions with professors

    that I knew a small school would provide."


Psychology Department

The SJC Department of Psychology is committed to preparing students for the pursuit of graduate studies and for immediate employment in clinical, counseling, and experimental fields. The department also strives to introduce students to a wide range of vocational paths. As a result, our Psychology students are able to pursue careers both inside and outside of mainstream Psychology. For example, recent graduates have found jobs in business administration, management, human service provision, education support, and research and development. Students have also found employment in more traditional Psychology positions, including working as social workers, guidance counselors, vocational placement specialists, and social service providers.  100% of SJC’s Psychology faculty members hold a doctoral degree in their field of expertise.   

 The Department of Psychology includes the following programs and majors:

Clubs and Activities

Resources and Downloads


  • Dr. Chau-Ming Wong presented “Factors Promoting Longevity of General Education Programs” at the Association for General and Liberal Studies conference in Austin, Tex.

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience


Department of Psychology students are encouraged to participate in internships. Students have recently held internships at the Jasper County Crisis Center, Jasper County Youth Center, Jasper County Probation Office, Wabash Valley Hospital, and primary and secondary schools. Students have also help internships in the field of substance abuse rehabilitation.

In-class Experience 

In addition to encouraging students to purse internships, the department strives to give students hands-on experience in the classroom. For example, during PSY 212: Experimental Psychology, students gain hands-on experience by designing, conducting, analyzing, and reporting experimental research through laboratory projects, where typical topics include learning and social psychology. Classes such as PSY 212 ensure that Department of Psychology students have the hands-on experience they need to find success in either the workforce or graduate school.


“Students Bear Witness to Ancient, Modern China”: SJC’s Contact magazine features Professor of Psychology Dr. Chau-Ming Wong taking Core 8 students to China

Saint Joseph's College Sophomore Mary DeVault Receives ‘Realizing the Dream’ Award”: SJC Psychology major is recognized for her hard work

Department Majors and Minors

Program Faculty

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.