Exploring the possibilities of human potential.
Delving deep into things like behavior, emotion, the brain, human thoughts and how they drive actions is enlightening to say the least. That is the fundamental core of the field of psychology. And when you pursue those areas at a place with a rich history in the liberal arts and spirituality—a place like Marian—it opens even more amazing doors of understanding.
The Psychology program at Marian is about empowering students with an understanding of the major concepts, theories and historical trends that impact the field. As a student in the program, you’ll apply research methods, including data analysis, as well as psychological principles to foster a better understanding of a broad array of personal, organizational and social issues.
As a student in the Psychology program, you’ll be able to take advantage of educationally driven internships, designed to connect theory with real-world practice. You’ll benefit from working in a broad array of professional settings. Recent internship sites include Boys and Girls Club, Doll and Associates, Family Resource Center, Fond du Lac Public Schools, Washington County Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Winnebago Mental Health Institution.
Powerful results. That’s what you can expect from Marian’s Psychology program. You’ll find many of the program’s graduates have gone on to graduate or professional school to enhance their learning and pursue an advanced degree. Marian graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at Cardinal Stritch University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Edgewood College, Medical College of Wisconsin, Mount Mary University, Roosevelt University, University of Iowa College of Law, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. And according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for psychologists is projected to grow by 22 percent—adding 37,700 positions—between 2010 and 2020.
The Marian Difference
The Marian Psychology program is recognized for its quality, offering a depth and breadth of understanding to students. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be prepared for a career in human services or in the nonprofit sector, as well as for graduate school where you can pursue a career in psychology, counseling, law, or medicine.
Lindee (Graff) Kimball ‘83
Although the campus landscape and scenery has changed over the years, Marian’s focus on service has not, especially as Lindee (Graff) Kimball ‘83 continues to serve the community.
“Growing up in the Fond du Lac area, I always knew of Marian’s reputation of success,” said Kimball. “As a psychology major and now as a licensed social worker, I know my Marian experience played a significant role in who I am today.”
For Kimball, attending Marian was an easy decision, as she wanted to attend a university that centered on a service and faith-based experience, while allowing students to succeed after graduation.
“My experience at Marian wasn’t just about learning, but was how I could use what I learned to help others,” said Kimball. “Many of my professors were Sisters of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, and they certainly talked the talk and walked the walk. They instilled in us these values – even though they weren’t even written when I was a student. My experience allowed me to develop the mentality that we do not get anything by ourselves, but we need to work together to make a difference in our world and shine a positive light on the future.”
Kimball currently serves as the Executive Director of the Solutions Center, and strives to provide safety, support and hope to individuals affected by domestic abuse and homelessness. In addition, Kimball is a member of Marian’s Alumni Association Board, and serves as a member in several other local organizations, including Loaves and Fishes, Volunteer Center Board, ARC of Fond du Lac Housing Board, Noon Optimist and Habitat for Humanity.
“Service is a part of me,” said Kimball. “Marian’s focus on service and hands-on experiences allowed me to do more through working with others to make a positive difference for the future of our community.”