Psychology

What's different about Mount Mary's Psychology major?

Are you fascinated by how people think and behave? If you are, then psychology might be the major for you. As a psychology major you’ll study the biological, cognitive and social influences on human behavior and thought and prepare for a meaningful and rewarding career that involves working with people.

Minor in Psychology

Complete degree requirements for a minor in psychology and a listing of courses are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Scholarships for Psychology Majors

As a psychology major, you may be eligible for these scholarships at Mount Mary:

  • Olive Trumm Estates Scholarship, Beatrice Haggerty Scholarship or Catherine Brophy Swinnell Scholarship—Criteria for these scholarships include a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and upper division status (60 credits or more), service to the behavioral science program, service to Mount Mary or other community groups.
  • Dorothy Daganhardt Scholarship—This scholarship is for single mothers with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and upper division status (60 credits or more), service to the behavioral science program, service to Mount Mary or other community groups.

The scholarship amounts vary from year to year. Contact the psychology chairperson for more information on applying for these scholarships. Learn more about scholarships at Mount Mary.

Scholarships for Psychology Majors

Learn more about Mount Mary's Psychology Degree

The psychology curriculum develops your skills in areas employers look for: communication, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and creativity. You’ll study the biological, cognitive and social influences on human behavior and thought. The broad curriculum provides you with a strong foundation for employment or graduate school.

Psychology courses cover topics such as developmental psychology, psychology of emotion, animal behavior, psychology of learning, social psychology, health psychology, sensation and perception, and psychology of personality. Courses are offered in day and evening times for your convenience.

Admission & Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology requires 48-51 credits. You also must complete the university’s core curriculum requirements. Psychology majors are not required to do an internship, but internship, research or independent study opportunities are strongly encouraged.

Complete degree requirements and a listing of courses are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Some academic programs require a GPA higher than is required for general admission to Mount Mary University. Contact your admission counselor for more information.

Psychology Minor Requirements

A minor in psychology will provide you insight into biological and social foundations of thought and behavior, a well as teach you how to apply psychological principles to human interaction and other aspects of everyday life. A psychology minor is an excellent complement to majors in helping professions such as art therapy, justice, occupational therapy, social work and sociology. 

Faculty

The School of Natural and Health Sciences and Education at Mount Mary is rich with talented faculty who care about their students.

Psychology majors are encouraged to participate in research, service learning activities, and student clubs and organizations.

Psi Chi International Honor Society

Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology. Its purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in psychology who meet membership requirements are eligible to apply.

Contact Laurel End, Psi Chi adviser, for more information about this honor society.

Research

If you would like to gain experience in conducting research, there are opportunities for you to work with a faculty member on their research or to conduct research of your own under faculty supervision. In the past several years, five students doing research with faculty have had their research presented at our regional and national psychology conferences.

Service Learning and Internships in Psychology

You can enhance your education through internships and service learning opportunities in the Milwaukee area. In addition to formal internship and learning service opportunities, you also can gain valuable experience and work for social justice by engaging with local agencies and organizations on your own or with other classmates.

Psychology majors have performed internships and service learning in the following areas and with the following organizations.

Service to Children

  • Community Advocates/Milwaukee Women’s Center
  • Milwaukee College Prep
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission-Cross Trainers Academy
  • Notre Dame Middle School
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center

Addressing Homelessness/Poverty

  • Hope House
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission’s Joy House
  • Repairers of the Breach

Service to Adults

  • 9 to 5 Milwaukee
  • Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin
  • House of Peace
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Service
  • Notre Dame Middle School – Adult English as a Second Language Tutoring Center
  • Voces de la Frontera
  • Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod – Model English Language Outreach Program

 Service to Older Adults

  • Interfaith Older Adult Programs
  • Lutheran Home & Hardwood Place – Early Bird Club

 Addressing Neighborhoods/Environmental Issues

  • Agape Community Center
  • Growing Power
  • New Moon Productions – Guns, Grief and Grace in America
  • Urban Ecology Center
  • Walnut Way Conservation Corp

A psychology degree from Mount Mary University prepares you for graduate study and for entry-level psychology positions. We encourage psychology majors to explore diverse career options through course activities, research projects, internships and community service projects.

The average starting salary for entry-level positions that require a bachelor’s degree in psychology is $37,100 per year, according to a 2013 National Association of Colleges and Employers survey. The annual median salary for a clinical or school psychologist (usually with an advanced degree) is about $66,810, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Create Graduate Study & Career Opportunities

A master’s or doctoral degree is required for most psychology positions. All states require clinical psychologists and professional counselors to be licensed or certified.

As a psychologist you could work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, government agencies, schools, research organizations or social service organizations. You also could start your own private practice.

Psychologists work in specialty areas to:

  • promote psychological health
  • conduct research in medical, corporate, and school settings
  • diagnose and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders
  • advise people on how to deal with family, marriage, personal, substance abuse or mental health problems
  • help individuals with learning and behavioral problems
  • work with organizations to improve quality of work, including productivity and morale

Mount Mary graduates have a 100 percent acceptance rate to graduate school throughout the past three years. With an advanced degree you could pursue a career as a:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Health psychologist
  • Industrial-organizational psychologist
  • Mediator
  • Professor
  • Professional counselor (clinical mental health, school counseling)

Mount Mary offers a Master of Science in Counseling program to prepare you to become a licensed clinical mental health or school counselor.

 

Get Real-World Experience in College

Although internships are not required, we strongly recommend them for psychology majors. You can earn college credit for completing an internship. Typically you’ll earn 2 credits per semester for working 6-8 hours per week in the field.

You can choose the location of your internship and work with a faculty supervisor to develop a learning plan and identify an on-site supervisor. During the semester, you’ll interact regularly with your faculty supervisor. The faculty supervisor will visit you at least two times at the internship location.

Mount Mary students have interned at the following organizations in the past:

  • Milwaukee Center for Independence
  • Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Milwaukee Women’s Center
  • Pathfinders
  • St. Francis Children’s Center
  • St. Rose Youth and Family Center
  • Walker’s Point Youth and Family Services
  • Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Sexual Predators Unit
  • Wisconsin Early Autism Project
  • Women’s Center, Inc. (Waukesha)

 

Research Psychology Topics

Mount Mary provides opportunities for you to participate in research projects with faculty members. The new Cognitive Neuropsychology laboratory is available for students to conduct research. The lab has a computer and physiological monitoring equipment and programs. You also can present your work at a regional or national psychology conference or the conference held on campus.

Contact us to hear from your Admission Counselor: