The Department of Psychology
Welcome to the Marian University Psychology Department!
The behavioral science with many applications
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and the mind. It is a broad and fascinating field that is concerned with what people do, what they think and feel, how they interact with others, how they change over time, and what makes each person unique. As a social and biological science, psychology’s perspectives are useful in understanding everyday life and in creating a humane society. Understanding human behavior is central to success in both professional and personal endeavors.
The curriculum prepares our students well for graduate school, for a variety of careers, and for life. The foundation of our program is a core of required courses (which meets the American Psychology Association's guidelines) that provide explanatory perspectives and theories of human behavior, as well as methods of inquiry that are central to psychology as a scientific discipline. This strong preparatory groundwork occurs within the context of interactive teaching techniques, continuous assessment of the learning progress of our students, and individualized faculty advising designed to meet each student’s current needs and future goals.
Graduate Program Opportunities
A large proportion of psychology alumni continue their education in graduate school. They have earned graduate degrees in many psychological specialties and the professions of medicine, nursing, law, and business administration. Recent alumni have earned the following graduate degrees:
- Behavior Genetics – University of Colorado
- Child Clinical Psychology – Ohio State University
- Clinical Psychology – Purdue University; University of North Dakota; Xavier University
- Marriage and Family Therapy – Wright State University; University of Rochester
- Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology - IUPUI
- School Psychology – Miami University (Ohio); University of Missouri; Ball State University; Valparaiso University; Purdue University
- Experimental Psychology – Iowa State University
- Industrial Psychology – University of Connecticut
- Human Resource Management – Indiana University
- Master’s of Business Administration - IUPUI
- Law – University of Notre Dame; Valparaiso University
- Medicine – Indiana University
- Occupational Therapy – University of Indianapolis
- Physical Therapy – University of Indianapolis
- Social Work – Indiana University
- Speech Pathology – Indiana University
Today’s college student must learn the skills necessary to adapt to new and ever-changing work situations, in addition to knowledge and academic skills in the liberal arts and the major field. Americans are predicted to re-train and hold an average of seven jobs during their career spans in the 21st century. The skills emphasized by the psychology major (e.g., analytical thinking, oral, written and computer skills, and complex task organization) are vital to professional success in today’s and tomorrow’s career fields. Some of our recent alumni with bachelor’s degrees are employed as:
- Director of Religious Studies
- Social Work Case Manager
- Sales Analyst
- Banking Center Manager
- Technical Writer
- Criminal Analyst
- Computer Software Designer
- Behavioral Technician
- Research Assistant
- Employment Consultant
- Insurance Manager
The department also offers three career-oriented concentrations in specialty areas that will be in demand in the 21st century: Clinical Health Psychology; Human Resources Management; and Sports Psychology.
Real World Experiences and Application Opportunities
The Psychology Department provides hands-on experiences for those students who are career-oriented as well as for those interested in graduate training. Internships, individualized for the students’ interests and needs, are available each semester (one hour academic credit is earned for each 5 hours on site). Internships provide information for career choice, opportunities to apply what is learned in the classroom, and additional experiences important for career and graduate school. In addition, applications of research methods are reinforced in independent research options and are strongly suggested for the grad-school bound. The student selects a faculty member with expertise and common interests to guide (one-on-one) the development of a proposal, the implementation of an original research project, the presentation at a regional undergraduate conference, and the preparation of a professional research report.
Opportunities for Social and Personal Development
A small college environment is an effective setting for acquiring and using leadership skills, developing community service values, and growing socially and spiritually. The psychology department and the college community at large actively encourage the holistic development of life-long learners. The Psi Chi honorary- Psychology Club, college governance, service activities, and co-curricular athletic and community projects “bring together” experience and learning to both challenge and support our students as they become responsible citizens of our global community.
Call the Admissions Office today to schedule a campus visit. Come to a psychology class and visit with the faculty.