Psychology Degree Programs
Psychology is the study of human behavior. Psychologists use scientific methods and reasoning to explore the many aspects of human behavior and attitudes, including such subjects as altruism, fear, violence, suicide, self-esteem, and empathy. Through education, counseling, and therapy, psychologists apply their knowledge of psychology to improve the lives of individuals. At IU South Bend, the faculty in psychology involve students—through class work, laboratory research, and field experiences—in this quest to enhance people's lives through an understanding of human behavior.
Undergraduates in psychology have many opportunities to become involved in research under the mentorship of faculty members. Some students are able to publish their work in journals or present their research at national conferences. Students may also participate in practicums in applied areas focusing on problems in the community (Community Experience Guidelines).
The department sponsors the Psychology Club for students, and each year a number of students are inducted into the IU South Bend chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. The department also presents the following awards each year: the Award for Excellence in Psychology at the undergraduate level, and the James R. Haines Award for outstanding research by an undergraduate.
People typically think of careers in human services—as a counselor or therapist—where you are working directly to help people in need. And those are indeed careers for psychology majors. A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology can lead to an entry-level position at Family and Children’s Center, Madison Center, or any variety of social service agencies. Students with skills in testing are needed by many independent mental health practitioners. After earning a Master’s degree in Counseling or Social Work, you are qualified to provide therapy. A doctorate provides even more flexibility and earning power.
But many Psychology graduates end up using their skills and knowledge in other areas. For example, over 40% of psychology bachelor’s grads end up in management, sales, personnel, and administration positions. You will find psych majors in banks, insurance, and retail of all kinds. After earning an MBA, you are well-qualified for upper management. Psychology training is also useful in law enforcement, healthcare, the legal system, working with animals, and many other areas.
Psychology offers a major in psychology leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as course work leading to the Associate of Arts degree, and a minor in psychology. As a scientific endeavor, psychology seeks to understand the basic principles by which organisms adapt their behavior to the changing physical and social environments in which they live. Psychologists apply their understanding of behavior, thought, and emotion to the improvement of the human condition through education, counseling, and therapy. The breadth of modern psychology is reflected in the diversity of courses offered by the department.
For more information, contact:
Department of Psychology
Wiekamp Hall 2119