Psychology

Psychology is a field of inquiry that is sometimes defined as the science of the mind and sometimes as the science of behavior. It concerns itself with how and why organisms do what they do. The phenomena that Psychology takes as its province cover an enormous range. Some border on biology, others on social sciences such as anthropology and sociology.

DEPARTMENT

AVAILABLE DEGREES

BS in Psychology (4 year)

Also available as a minor

Why Psychology?

  • 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.

Careers in Psychology

  • Career Counselor
  • Family Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Ball State University
  • Indiana State University
  • DePaul University
  • University of Illinois
  • Washington University

Why Study Psychology at Saint Joseph’s College?

Variety

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.

Hands-on Experience

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.

Abby Puckett '14

Major: Business Administration (Marketing)

Minor: Psychology

 

"SJC is unlike any other institution. The professors actually know students by name and give them one-on-one attention."

 

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  • 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. 

  • Mentorship

    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.

  • Leadership

    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.

  • 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.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

  • Mentorship

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

  • High Quality Academics

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

     

  • Leadership

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

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.