Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. As a Psychology major, you will explore various subfields of the discipline and critically examine how each contributes to our understanding of the human experience.

What You'll Study

Psychology (B.A.)

This degree program requires completion of a four-course scientific research sequence, and provides exposure to developmental, social, interpersonal, and cognitive aspects of psychology as well as liberal arts coursework. B.A. students achieve proficiency in a foreign language and acquire transferable skills that employers value. As a B.A. student, you’ll tailor your undergraduate experience by choosing from a wide variety of courses and practical experiences (e.g., Pre-professional Internship) that match your career goals and interests.

Popular courses include the following:

  • Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • Drugs & Human Behavior
  • Counseling Skills

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Psychology (B.S.)

This degree program includes a four-course scientific research sequence and the completion of a faculty-mentored independent research. B.S. majors also study biopsychological aspects of behavior and cognitive functioning. The B.S. degree is often sought by students who intend to pursue research-focused graduate study in psychology. 

Popular courses include the following:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Human Neuropsychology

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Psychology Minor

The 18-credit Psychology minor challenges you to think more critically and explore issues related to human behavior and mental processes that will complement your major course of study. The psychology minor can be beneficial to any student, but is especially valuable to those whose career goals involve interacting with others. Health Science and Criminal Justice majors often complete a psychology minor.

Leadership Minor

The 18-credit leadership minor seeks to prepare future leaders by acquainting them with the current theories and findings in leadership studies, assisting them in gaining a set of competencies which research suggests are required by leaders, and giving them experiential opportunities to apply their leadership knowledge and skills.

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Program Highlights

  • Department Mission: The Lock Haven University Psychology Department shall provide all students with a foundation in the science of development, behavior, and mental processes. Faculty shall engage psychology majors in a rigorous program that encompasses theoretical, experimental, and applied aspects of psychology and enables pursuit of further education and careers.
  • Psi Chi: Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology for majors at four-year colleges and universities. Psi Chi’s purpose is “to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members…and to advance the science of psychology” (Psi Chi, 2013). You qualify for membership if, after the completion of three semesters and at least three psychology courses, you have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a psychology GPA of at least 3.0.  Nationally, Psi Chi awards more than $320,000 per year to its members and provides support for their psychological research.
  • LHU Psychological Association: The LHU Psychological Association (less formally known as “Psych Club”) is a student-run organization open to any LHU student with an interest in psychology. Through bi-weekly meetings, you’ll “Meet Your Professors," learn about how to prepare for graduate study, and participate in campus activities such as Relay for Life. Psych Club annually attends the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) Conference as well as smaller conferences at other PASSHE schools.
  • PALS: The Psychology Department’s PALS (Peer Advising Liaison) program provides peer mentoring to all freshmen psychology majors by pairing them with successful upper-class psychology student mentors. These mentors will help you adjust to life at LHU, connect to other psychology majors and faculty, gain a clearer understanding of your options as a psychology major, and succeed in your first year at LHU.
  • PsyCenter: The PsyCenter is a drop-in tutoring center where you can get help with any psychology course. The PsyCenter is located on the 3rd floor of Robinson Hall, is open four evenings a week plus some daytime hours, and is staffed by highly qualified, upper-class psychology majors.
  • Independent Studies: Students have presented their independent research at national and state conferences, including the American Psychological Association annual conference, the Association of Psychological Science conference, and the State System Undergraduate Psychology conference.
  • Graduate School: LHU Psychology graduates have pursued master and doctoral level degrees at top-ranked institutions, including the following:
      • Clinical and Counseling Psychology
          • University of Tennessee Knoxville, Immaculata University - PhD in Clinical Psychology
          • Adler University – PsyD in Clinical Psychology
          • Indiana University of PA, Millersville University, Kutztown University, Shippensburg University, and Lock Haven University - MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
          • West Chester University, Penn State Harrisburg – MS in Clinical Psychology
      • School Counseling
          • Indiana University of PA, Shippensburg University – MEd in School Psychology
      • Neuroscience
          • University of Connecticut - PhD in Biomedical Neuroscience
          • The University of Texas at El Paso – PhD in Social Cognitive Neuroscience
      • Other Fields
          • Drexel University School of Law
          • University of the Sciences – MS in Health Psychology
          • University of Pittsburgh, Marywood University – MSW in Social Work
          • Florida State University – MA in Art Therapy
          • Widener University – MEd in Human Sexuality
          • West Chester University, Radford University – MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Internships: Experiential learning opportunities provide our students with valuable, practical experiences. Recent students have interned in a variety of settings including the following:
    • Drug, Alcohol, and Other Addictions Treatment Centers
    • Elementary, Middle, and High School Guidance Offices
    • Prisons and Parole Settings
    • Children and Youth Services
    • Psychiatric, Children’s, and Rehabilitation Hospitals
    • Women's Centers
    • Youth Detention Centers
  • Careers: LHU’s Psychology graduates have secured positions such as the following:
    • Human Resource Managers
    • Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Counselors
    • Laboratory Researchers
    • Therapeutic Support Staff
    • Child Protective Services Case Manager
    • Women's Center Advocate
    • Residential Treatment Staff

Others have pursued  master and doctoral level degrees at top-ranked institutions including the following:

  • University of Tennessee Knoxville-PhD in Clinical Psychology Program
  • University of Connecticut-PhD in Biomedical Neuroscience Program
  • Drexel University School of Law

Meet Our Faculty

THIS PROGRAM’S FACULTY

 

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Dr. Mark Cloud
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Dr. Jennifer Taylor
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Dr. James Bean
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Dr. Tara Mitchell

Want to Know More?

Department of Psychology

Dr. Christine Offutt
321 Robinson Learning Center, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2400

Contact our Admissions Office

8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday
admissions@lockhaven.edu
(570) 484-2027

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