Psychology at Aquinas College
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Why Study Psychology?

People with bachelor degrees in psychology work in a variety of settings including business, government and healthcare and are well prepared to pursue graduate education in any of the many subdisciplines of the field of psychology or related mental health disciplines. People with graduate degrees in psychology or related fields work in higher education as researchers, teachers and consultants or work in clinical settings providing assessment, evaluation, mental health, administrative and rehabilitative services. Many work in more than one of these activities. For example, most researchers also teach, and many university teachers also provide clinical services, and some practitioners also teach or do research.

A career as a professional psychologist or related mental health professional requires either a master's or doctorate. The BS in Psychology at Aquinas College provides excellent preparation for graduate school with approximately 80% of graduates pursuing graduate training in psychology or related fields including the Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at AQ.

On the other hand, because psychology students are trained in critical thinking, observation, and the complexities of human functioning, the BS in psychology is highly valued in many career paths. Graduates with the BS in Psychology work in business settings, human services, human resources, law enforcement, mental health and a variety of other areas. See the American Psychological Association's Guide to Careers in Psychology

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the science of mind, brain, and behavior in humans and animals. The scope of the field encompasses all aspects of cognition (thinking), affect (feelings), and behavior with the dual goals of understanding the human experience and using this scientific knowledge to improve lives. Thus, the bachelor of science in psychology degree programs at Aquinas College emphasize acquisition of knowledge and skills in the scientific method and the application of these to solving problems and helping people.

Psychology Programs at AQ

The Department of Psychology and Counselor Education at AQ offers five undergraduate majors and two minors to prepare students for a variety of education and career goals.

General Psychology
For students who are interested in psychology but who are not yet sure where they want to go, this program provides a general overview of psychology. This program provides a broad perspective of the field maintaining the emphasis on research skills while providing students with the opportunity to individualize the focus of their degree program.

Child Life
For students interested in working with children and their families in medical settings, this program prepares students to toward certification as Child Life Specialists. This unique, multidisciplinary degree program prepares students for work in this exciting and growing field.

Counseling Psychology
For students who are interested in becoming practicing psychologists or mental health counselors, this program introduces counseling theory and practice including diagnosis and psychological testing. This program provides basic training in skills essential to counseling professionals and excellent preparation for graduate programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or clinical mental health counseling.

Developmental Psychology (Major Concentration or Minor)
Students who are interested in how people grow and change over time may choose the developmental psychology program. This program focusses on human growth and changes across the lifespan, including physical, cognitive, social, intellectual, perceptual, personality and emotional growth.

Students interested in the brain and the anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, and physiology of neurons and neural circuits may choose this multidisciplinary program. This program provides students with an introduction to the field in preparation for advanced study toward a career in research and teaching.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Minor)
Students interested in the study of workplace productivity, management and employee working styles may choose the minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. In this program, students learn how to use psychological principles and research methods to solve problems and improve the quality of life in the workplace.

New degree in Child Life

Here at Aquinas, you can pursue the education you need to become a Child Life Specialist.  The new Child Life Specialty degree at Aquinas will prepare you to meet the needs of infants, children, adolescents, and their families who are facing medical procedures or developmental risks. Students who graduate from the program will be prepared to utilize evidence-based, developmentally appropriate interventions in a healthcare or community setting to best support youth and families in crisis. >Read More >Degree Information

American Psychological Association's Guide to Careers in Psychology

Featured Work

Dr. Victor Karandeshev, Professor of Psychology, recently published a book titled Romantic Love in Cultural Contexts. The book presents a conceptual, historical, anthropological and sociological review of how culture affects our experience and expression of romantic love. >Read More

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I love being a psychology major at AQ because my professors are so welcoming. I truly believe that they care about my future and I appreciate everything that they do for me!
Brittany Klemish, '19