With a degree in Psychology from Slippery Rock University, you will be prepared to begin a career in the field or continue on to graduate school. As a student in this major, you will have a unique educational opportunity to build future career skills through research, community work, and specialized training. Our department is sought by students who want all of the opportunities without sacrificing personal attention. Students are introduced to a broad range of topics in the field of psychology through study in our core courses including: History of Psychology, Psychological Testing, Learning, Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental, Social, Cognitive and Abnormal Psychology. Students learn a range of skills that make them career-ready, which are continuously enhanced through activities inside and outside of the classroom and through cutting-edge, high impact teaching practices. As we work to enhance the personal, academic, and professional growth of every student, our graduates further promote the well-being of others in their communities, schools, and hospitals.
What do we do best? Our programs are growing to provide students with opportunities to specialize within their major and to keep up with workforce trends and needs.
Specialized Programs of Study: Students who qualify can now participate in our Honors Lifespan Developmental Concentration, Neuroscience Concentration, or the accelerated 3+2 Pre-PA (incoming freshman only), Pre-Counseling (3+3), Pre-Student Affairs (3+2), or Psychology with Chatham University (MSCP and MAP) programs. Students interested in non-accelerated studies to prepare for careers in medicine (physician assistant, medical school) or occupational therapy receive specialized advising to prepare for these fields of study.
Internships: A majority of our majors complete internships in Psychology to develop skills in the areas of Mental Health Counseling, Community and Social Services, Corrections, School Psychology, Human Resources, Research and others. Psychology majors obtain competitive internships that often lead to jobs following graduation.
We excel in hands-on learning & mentoring: A majority of our juniors and seniors are involved in some way with faculty outside of the classroom, conducting research, and engaged in service and leadership. Numerous student/faculty research projects are ongoing, giving students an opportunity to work closely with faculty to develop research skills. Three student organizations are run through the Psychology Department, including Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, Psychology Club, and the Reflections Program. SRU Psychology majors are among the most involved in research, service, and leadership outside the classroom in PASSHE.