Psychology is the scientific study of human and animal thoughts, emotions, and behavior, and the social and biological processes related to that behavior.  The Psychology major prepares students for graduate study as well as for careers requiring strong critical thinking and human services skills.  As rates of mental illness increase, our society will continue to need competent, understanding professionals who can provide a variety of helping services.  Similarly, understanding the complex motivations underlying behavior is crucial for addressing important social problems and concerns.  Combatting global climate change, reversing the obesity epidemic, decreasing smoking rates among teenagers, and increasing voting rates all rest on the possibility of behavioral change, and psychologists are behavioral change experts.

Points of Distinction

  • Faculty members include an educational psychologist, experimental psychologist, social psychologist and counseling psychologist – all with extensive academic or life experiences.
  • All courses are offered online and on campus with the exception of drug and alcohol counseling courses, which are on campus.
  • We offer opportunities to qualify for Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC).
  • Faculty members take great pride in working with students through advising and individualized guidance during their college careers and serving as references thereafter.
  • Each program at Peru State College is reviewed on a continual basis, and coursework is updated to meet industry standards.
  • Students completing a degree at Peru State College are prepared to attend the Nation’s top graduate schools in all program areas.
  • Adding an academic minor in a subject area outside of the major is simple at Peru State and can broaden the scope of knowledge and can improve employment prospects for any student.