- 1Psychology majors study how and why organisms do what they do, allowing them to have a better understanding of human behavior.
- 2Psychology covers a broad range of fields, including biology, anthropology, and sociology.
- 3 According to the United States Department of Labor, the need for psychologists is expected to increase by 22% by 2020, which is faster than average.
Why Study Psychology at Saint Joseph’s College?
The SJC Psychology major is designed to expose students to a wide range of topics. As a result, SJC Psychology graduates are able to secure immediate employment both inside and outside of mainstream Psychology. For example, our Psychology students 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. Our Psychology Program also prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in areas such as law, medicine, literature, journalism, business administration, organizational behavior, clinical psychology, counseling, and more. Some of our recent graduates are currently pursuing doctoral degrees in counseling and psychology, while another is completeing work to earn an MS in occupational therapy.
The SJC Department of Psychology also offers an Early Childhood Psychology minor that is open to non-Education students. The minor is designed to provide knowledge, theory, and practical experience to those interested in pursuing careers working with young children or graduate studies involving children.
Our Psychology faculty members encourage their students to participate in internships. Psychology 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 held internships in the field of substance abuse rehabilitation.
Dedication to Excellence
Our Psychology major provides students with a great foundation for the pursuit of graduate studies or immediate employment in clinical, counseling, experimental fields, and numerous other settings. This is largely due to two senior capstone courses - PSY 446: Systems and Theories in Psychology and PSY 448: Professional Seminar. PSY 446 places emphasis on synthesizing a horizon on how all the Psychology courses, theories discussed, and frameworks learned over four years come together. During PSY 448, seniors spend the semester conducting a study, where the steps include research, completing a proposal for the College’s Human Subjects Review Board, gathering data, and presenting results to the class. The capstone courses favor a senior’s final steps in obtaining the practicality of the Psychology degree. As a result, Psychology majors and minors are prepared to find success both in the workforce and in multiple disciplines of graduate studies.
Faculty and Class Size
SJC strives for high quality faculty, which is why every professor in the Department of Psychology holds a doctoral degree in their field of expertise. The Psychology faculty members also take a “practice what you teach” approach. For example, Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Chad Pulver operates his own counseling practice in Rensselaer.