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.
My teachers have pushed me to do more than I could have ever expected of myself. I have been privileged with great role models who have inspired me to learn about psychology and research, and I feel extremely prepared for whatever my future holds."
—Vicky Rohrer, Class of 2008
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 via the student selected senior thesis topic.
The program provides a wide variety of fieldwork placements, as well as specific research opportunities through the senior research requirement. Students actively develop research projects with faculty. Students are encouraged to attend professional psychological conventions and seminars, and undergraduate research conferences.
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.