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The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program prepares students to take on careers related to human behavior, motivations, emotions, thoughts, and actions. Whether students want to go into areas focused on counseling, law or medicine, we ensure they achieve a scientifically driven understanding of the social, biological, cultural, and neurological factors that influence human behavior and interaction.

HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Graduates have found jobs as:

  • In-home autism therapists
  • Behavioral specialists
  • Human resources specialists
  • Patient advocates
  • Child welfare specialists
  • Healthcare coordinators
  • Activities director at assisted living facilities

And also work in these industries:

  • Business
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Education
  • City planning
  • Legal

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Learn More About Being a Psychology Major

Listen to Amy Hennings, Program Chair of the Psychology Department, as she explains the BS in Psychology degree. Learn how to get support from your professors and opportunities to get involved with campus activities. Hear about the optional field experience that spans either one or two semesters.

HOW WE RATE

Graduate job placement rate in the field of psychology

LET’S GET TO WORK

Students have received professional work experience with organizations such as:

  • Family Resource Center
  • Robert E. Berry House Halfway House
  • Treffert Center
  • Fond du Lac County Juvenile Services
  • ASTOP
  • Adult Care Consultants
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Women’s Empowerment Series

HOW YOU WILL LEARN

Students in the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program gain and apply knowledge through educationally driven field experiences, internships, and research that enhances their understanding and critical analysis of key psychological concepts. We explore the human mind and human behavior and prepare students to:

•  Demonstrate understanding of major concepts, theories, and historical trends in psychology.
•  Apply research methods, including data analysis and interpretation.
•  Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, organizational, and social issues.

Students receive Mental Health First Aid training, conduct research, present at Marian’s Academic Symposium, and regularly attend the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago.

“Marian University’s Psychology Department has given me the opportunity to learn an incredible amount about the psychology field and what it has to offer, and it’s guided me to what I plan to do with my future. I built relationships with my peers, advisor, and the other staff within the department, which helped me become successful in and outside the classroom. Earning a psychology degree from Marian and with all the support I’ve received from the department, I’m confident about my future and feel set up for success.”

Grace Howe - 2020 Marian University graduate
Child Life Studies Graduate Student at Missouri State University

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The Program

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program 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.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

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General Education Program, 46–49 University requirements, including:

An introduction to the science of psychology through a survey of the biological, intra-psychic, and social bases of behavior. Major topics include cognition, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, behavior disorders, and social elements of behavior.

A survey of the changes which occur during the entire lifespan as people develop: physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social-emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables which affect the course of development is emphasized.

This course focuses on the exploration of fundamental principles of effective communication. Skilled communication behaviors are developed through the study and practice of interpersonal communication, public speaking, listening, and group dynamics. Practical applications include class discussion, group activities, listening exercises, and individual presentations.

OR

A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

36 credits as follows:

21 credits:

An introduction to the science of psychology through a survey of the biological, intra-psychic, and social bases of behavior. Major topics include cognition, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, behavior disorders, and social elements of behavior.

A survey of the changes which occur during the entire lifespan as people develop: physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social-emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables which affect the course of development is emphasized.

Prerequisites:

MAT 001 Basic Algebra, Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 001 with grade of C or higher

An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students are expected to apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one/two/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, time series comparison, quality control charts and probability distributions as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.

Prerequisites:

This course explores the major types of psychopathology to include anxiety disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, organic brain disorders, substance-related disorders, somatoform disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, mental retardation, adjustment disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders, impulse control disorders and delirium, dementia and amnestic disorders. Emphasis is given to the issues surrounding classification, etiology and treatment.

Prerequisites:

A survey of development of modern psychology from its physiological and philosophical roots to the present status of various contemporary theories and systems.

This course develops intercultural communication competence through an exploration of cultures. Using a broad definition of culture which includes norms, values, beliefs, art, music and literature, students examine the world as a place of dynamic change and cultural interaction, increasing their need for intercultural sensitivity generally. Through both theory and personal experience, students examine how the various components of communication are affected by and interface with the intercultural experience. Service learning is a component of this course.

Prerequisites:

This course presents the basic principles and methods of social science research. Students are introduced to techniques for critical analysis of the professional practice literature and how, as consumers, they can incorporate research findings in practice. Students also acquire knowledge and skills for applying research in their practice. Similarities between the research and problem-solving processes are identified, beginning with conceptualization of the research question, followed by determination of the appropriate design and methodology, and concluding with qualitative and quantitative data analysis and presentation of findings. Professional values and ethics, as well as sensitivity to human diversity, are subsumed within the conduct of research.

(Psychology majors only) A forum for discussion for graduating seniors. Completion of a project which demonstrates the student’s ability to integrate and apply acquired knowledge in psychology is required.

15 credits:

PSY *electives

28–31 credits:

University electives

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology program adheres to the American Psychology Association’s guidelines for undergraduate psychology program curriculum. The learning goals and outcomes for the Marian University BS in Psychology program includes the following APA goals:

  • Knowledge Base in Psychology
  • Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
  • Ethical and Social Responsibility in A Diverse World
  • Communication
  • Professional Development

Mission

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program is to enhance student lives and increase their likelihood of obtaining a rewarding career. Students are encouraged to explore and learn more about the various fields in psychology and apply that knowledge through field experiences, internships, and research that enhances the student’s understanding and critical analysis of key psychological concepts.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate understanding of APA-informed ethical principles
  • Apply psychological scientific knowledge and reasoning to real world examples across a variety of settings
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize and interpret various statistical procedures and tests
  • Show understanding of historical background in psychology
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with others in a team
  • Exhibit the ability to effectively write using APA style

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program prepares students for an in-depth understanding of psychology from a theoretical and applied perspective. We train students to understand the importance and substance of research, while providing them an applied knowledge of the field. 96% of our students demonstrated competency in working on team projects, which is key to success when pursuing a career. The majority of our psychology majors choose to take field experience and are placed in a variety of psychology related agencies working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, the mentally ill, homeless, and those with emotional or behavioral issues.

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program is recognized for its quality and for 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.

Psychology majors must achieve an average GPA of 2.5 in their psychology coursework before graduation.

Image Lynnea Johnson – The 2018 graduate is currently working as the Director of Home Care at Adult Care Consultants, which serves individuals facing challenges in the greater Fond du Lac community.
Image Briann Eagen – A 2018 graduate, she is currently working as a Health Manager at Care Wisconsin. She provides on-going care management of older adults and young persons with disabilities.
Image Michelle Ruelas – The 2017 graduate has completed her master’s degree in counseling with a focus on forensic psychology from Adler University and is currently licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois. She currently works at Dixon Correctional Center as a Mental Health Provider
Image Julia Aube – A 2018 graduate, she is working towards her doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Creighton University. She intends to go into the field of occupational therapy to give back to those who could use her support to live life to its fullest
Image Tanner Biwer – The 2016 graduate has completed his master’s degree in counseling from the Adler University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. He is also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and is starting a new job as a Master Resilience Trainer with the US Army at Fort Lee.
Image Kim Kiesner – The 2015 graduate has spent the past five years as the Activities Director at Edenbrook of Fond du Lac, which provides rehabilitation and nursing services to the elderly.
Image Samantha Kucaj – A 2012 graduate, she completed her PsyD in Child Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and has finished her post-doctorate fellowship. She is currently a licensed psychologist working at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital as a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Psychologist.
Image Gina Possin – The 2012 graduate and current full-time psychology course professor earned a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Florida. She additionally is finishing doctoral degree in I/O Psychology from Grand Canyon University and is Marian University’s Industrial Organizational Psychology Master’s Program Chair.

 

Image Alyssa Fisher – The 2012 graduate entered the field immediately upon graduation to work as a case manager at Adult Care Consultants, a Fond du Lac-based program. There for several years, in 2017 she was offered a job at the Department of Human Services to work with people being offered conditional release from corrections. She most recently returned to Adult Care Consultants to work as the Director of Growth and Development.

Amy Hennings, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
920.923.8528
alhennings55@marianuniversity.edu

Ciara Kidder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
920.923.8733
ckkidder08@marianuniversity.edu

Gina Possin, M.S.
Assistant Professor
920.923.8733
gapossin00@marianuniversity.edu

Jennifer Schultz, M.A.
Instructor
920.923.7173
jmschultz@marianuniversity.edu

In the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program you’ll be able to take advantage of educationally driven internships designed to connect theory with real-world practice and benefit from working in a broad array of professional settings.

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For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission
920.923.7650
admissions@marianuniversity.edu

Amy Hennings, M.A.
Assistant Professor & Chair
Psychology Department
920.923.8528
Alhennings55@marianuniversity.edu