Thiel College’s Psychology department gives students the chance to study multiple disciplines pertaining to human and animal behavior. We offer a variety of courses, as well as the option to double major in neuroscience, criminal justice, education, biology, and more. We also offer a minor in psychology as well, which requires the completion of eight courses.
There are many areas of specific interest within the discipline, including learning, memory, intelligence, counseling, personality, development, abnormal behavior and social behavior. As a psychology student at Thiel, you would study the scientific method and learn to apply it to real-world scenarios to test hypotheses and psychological theories. This dynamic major will prepare you for any career that involves dealing with people (and try to think of one that doesn’t)!
Our interdisciplinary approach gives students a variety of classes to choose from. First-year students start with an orientation course that provides a general overview of the field of psychology, while upperclassmen perform research with human participants and even have the chance to spend a semester in Washington, D.C.
Psychology majors have three specialization options:
Thiel College's newest graduate degree program allows students to earn a B.A. and M.A. in counseling in an accelerated program! Once earning your undergraduate degree, Thiel's program gives you the flexibility to earn your master's degree in counseling in as little as five semesters, allowing you to advance into your professional career quicker than most other schools.
For students looking to get involved with other psychology majors, Psi Chi is Thiel’s chapter of the international psychology student honorary. As a member of Psi Chi, you can sponsor activities on campus and raise money for organizations in the local community. Each year, Psi Chi pairs up with the Psychology Club to raise money for service organizations in the area.
Upperclassmen also have the opportunity to participate in internships at various types of agencies throughout Pennsylvania including social services, healthcare, education and business. Students can complete internships either during the academic year or in the summer, conveniently close to home! Internships are a great way to not only gain experience, but also earn credit-hours towards your psychology degree.
Graduates of Thiel’s psychology program have gone on to work in a variety of fields, including: education, business, human resources, law, criminal justice, clinical psychology, counseling, social work and allied health. Alumni hold job titles of group counselors, personnel evaluators, teachers, case managers, lab technicians, probation officers, college admission counselors and much more!