Psychology

at Saint Francis University

  • About the Psychology Department

    The study of psychology offers literally endless possibilities. Our faculty’s commitment to academic excellence, our student-centered approach to learning, and focus on undergraduate research, provides an excellent foundation whether your plans include graduate school, medical or law school, or entering the private sector. Our students are given opportunities to learn about the field of psychology through fundamental course work in a variety of sub-disciplines while gaining valuable practical experience through a prescribed research component of the psychology curriculum. Additionally, through labs, internships, community service projects, and self-directed study options our students develop an understanding of not just theories and concepts, but the application of psychology in our daily lives.

    Psychology Program Highlights

    A small program with individual student attention

    • Class sizes that average between 18 and 25 students
    • Individual internship and community service projects to fit our students interests
    • A less than 14:1 ratio of psychology major to psychology faculty member

    Three tracks so students can pick the path that best fits their future goals

    • Pre – Professional Track for those planning on going on in medicine, law, occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Work and other pre-professional programs
    • Research Track for those planning on attending graduate school in psychology
    • General Track for those who intend to pursue employment after graduation

    A focus on research

    • A two semester research sequence that allows students to understand research methodology and design and complete their own research project
    • Individual research projects & student research groups for interested students. Recent projects focused on: Physical activity and GPA, parent child fear connections, the female athlete triad, gender difference in online dating advertisements, birth order and motivation, personality type and Wii bowling performance, and music and comprehension
    • Opportunities for Interested students present research at local and national conferences
    • A live rat lab allows students in the learning course to train their own rat
    • An active psychology club that offers field trips and out of class experiences to see psychology in action.
    • Recent activities included, a trip to the Pittsburgh zoo to observe how operant conditioning is used with the animals, volunteering and fundraising for the charity Autumn’s Angels, psychology in movies nights, and discussions on the cancer experience, and flash mobs with connections to current pop culture examples.
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