The Psychology Program provides a comprehensive foundation in the psychological sciences, inclusive of theory, research, and practice, in an atmosphere that models mutual respect and encourages individual challenge. The program’s size allows for one-on-one interaction with the department’s well-qualified faculty composed of practicing psychologists and researchers.
Courses focus on clinical psychology and counseling, human development, health and sports psychology, communication, social psychology, business/organizational psychology, cognition, and biological psychology. Classes take the form of seminars, lectures, experiential exercises and simulations, demonstrations, guided research, and independent study, all of which are intended to stimulate active student participation in learning.
The curriculum integrates theory, research and practice. In addition to the fundamental core curriculum, there are two components which make the Dominican psychology curriculum distinctive: first-hand experience in the field and the selection of a personal focus.
The program provides a wide variety of fieldwork placements, as well as specific research opportunities through the senior research requirement. Students attend professional psychological conventions and seminars, and undergraduate research conferences. Students actively develop research projects with faculty.
The senior thesis requires students to design and conduct, under faculty supervision, their own research on a topic of their choice. By integrating their research topic with a field placement in the same content area, students obtain additional specialized knowledge of and first-hand experience in their own area of interest.
The Undergraduate Psychology Department at Dominican University of California is committed to providing a comprehensive, human-centered, and culturally sensitive foundation in the psychological sciences, inclusive of theory, research, and practice, in an atmosphere that models mutual respect and encourages individual challenge.