The Psychology major prepares students for graduate study as well as for careers where strong human services skills are necessary. Students may take approved Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC) courses which are indicated with an asterisk (*) below. To earn the PLADC credential, in addition to completing the required courses, students must complete 300 hours of supervised field experience and pass the required examination. PLADC classes are only offered on campus due to State Licensing regulations.

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Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge base in psychology that includes key concepts, theories, findings and trends.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of research methods in psychology, including how to design studies and analyze and interpret data.
  3. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking skills, especially in application of critical thinking to psychological issues.
  4. Demonstrate the ability and predisposition to apply psychology to relevant personal and social issues.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of psychology’s values, including but not limited to gaining comfort with ambiguity, considering evidence, and adhering to ethical principles in teaching, research, and practice.
  6. Demonstrate the use of technology to evaluate the quality and credibility of information obtained from a variety of sources.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing using APA format, in presenting, and interpersonally.
  8. Demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to multicultural issues.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to use psychology to improve one’s self.
  10. Demonstrate how to develop a realistic plan for how psychology will inform one’s future career plans.

Guidebook to Psychology and Mental Health Careers in Public Service:  www.learnpsychology.org/resources/psychology-and-public-service/

Program Faculty

Dr. Darrin Coe
Assistant Professor of Psychology
dcoe@peru.edu
Dr. Kelli Gardner
Associate Professor of Psychology
kgardner@peru.edu
Dr. James Nevitt
Professor of Human Services
jnevitt@peru.edu

Core Classes:

PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 250 Human Growth and Development*
PSYC 305 Social Psychology
PSYC 320 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 330 Research Methods
PSYC 345 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 410 Experimental Psychology
PSYC 440 Biological Psychology
PSYC 431 Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSYC 450 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 495 Seminar in Psychology

Required Program Prerequisites:

CMIS 101 Information Systems Concepts and Applications
SOC 201 Principles of Sociology

Requirements for Psychology (Select 8):

BUS 373 Organizational Behavior
BUS 380 Human Resources Management
BUS 381 Employee Training and Development
BUS 493 Leadership of Teams and Organizations
CJUS 110 Survey of Criminal Justice
CJUS 360 Criminology
CJUS 385 Victimology
CJUS 490 Comparative Justice and Human Services Systems
CJUS 491 International Field Experience
CMIS 300 Information Systems Management
CMIS 410 Web Page Development and Programming
CMIS 420 Database Development and Programming
EDUC 365 Child Abuse and Neglect Detection
EDUC 533 Classroom Management and Leadership**
EDUC 570 Attachment and the Defiant School Child**
HP 301 Analysis of Evil I
HP 302 Analysis of Evil II
PSYC 300 Contemporary Issues in Psychology
PSYC 380 Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 420 Social Influence, Compliance, and Obedience
PSYC 441 Psychology Internship
PSYC 442 Psychology Internship
SOC 255 Diversity Issues in the United States
SOC 300 Contemporary Social Problems
SOC 340 The Family
SOWK 300 Professional Ethics *
SOWK 310 Techniques of Counseling*
SOWK 320 Assessment, Evaluation and Casework Management*
SOWK 330 Diversity Issues in Counseling*
SOWK 390 Group Work*
SOWK 410 Addictions*
SOWK 420 Medical & Treatment Issues in Chemical Dependency*
SOWK 430 Field Work Practicum
SPED 500 Inclusionary Practices for Special Education**
SPED 540 Behavior Management**

*Approved Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC) courses. To earn PLADC, in addition to completing the required courses, students must complete 300 hours of supervised field experience and pass the required examination.
**Graduate courses taken for the Bachelor degree will not count toward the Master’s degree program.

Careers:

Career or Vocational Counselor
School Psychologist, Counselor
Genetics Counselor
Forensic Psychologist
Engineering Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist
Sports Psychologist
Industrial-Oriented Psychologist

Professional Organizations:

American Psychological Association
Association for Psychological Studies
Federation for Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Society for Community Research and Action
Society for Judgment and Decision Making
Society of Experimental Social Psychology