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Psychology

HUMAN BEINGS ARE COMPLEX AND FASCINATING. AND THAT’S WHY PSYCHOLOGY IS AN ADVENTURE OF DISCOVERY. YOU’LL STUDY HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN-DEPTH, UNCOVER ENVIRONMENTAL AND PHYSICAL FACTORS THAT IMPACT BEHAVIOR, AND LEARN ABOUT THE DIAGNOSES AND TREATMENT OF BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS AND DISORDERS.

GET INSIGHTS INTO HUMAN BEHAVIOR

Some people wonder, “What can you do with a psychology degree?” We wonder, “What can’t you do?” Employers in every field – from education to business, social services to health care – seek out people who have special insights into human behavior. At ONU, we’ll expose you to many possible career paths and help you find one you’re passionate about.

As a psychology major, you may choose to focus your studies on general psychology, clinical/counseling or behavioral neuroscience. Each course of study combines rigorous coursework with extensive research experience. You’ll work side-by-side with professors in the lab designing and conducting experiments. You’ll develop essential skills in leadership, teamwork, communication and critical thinking.

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. Our psychology majors assist professors with grant-funded research and co-author papers for professional journals. They study abroad and intern at social and mental health institutions. They work with national datasets, lead student organizations, and present their research at regional and national conferences.

Here, you won’t get lost in the crowd. You’ll be part of a close-knit family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, internships, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and open doors for you.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds – whether it’s attending graduate school or embarking on that first job. The field is truly wide open!

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

GET IN THE LAB

At ONU, you won’t hole up in the classroom. You’ll get in the lab – starting as early as your freshman year – to work with human and animal subjects. The research opportunities we offer rival what you’d find in graduate school. Opportunities include working in a developmental lab to study Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. Or working in a sleep lab that tackles research questions related to sleep deprivation and sleep patterns in college students. Or perhaps you’d like to study stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in one of our two research labs focused on these topics. The opportunities are here for you to grab. 

LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS

The professors you’ll study with at ONU are top-notch. And, you won’t just encounter them in a large lecture hall. You’ll work alongside them and get to know them personally. Our faculty members include a leading researcher on the effects of stress on the brain whose research is funded by a $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Health, a professor whose extensive work studying the connection between sleep and quality of life has garnered international attention, and a professor who has been an expert witness in more than 300 murder cases.



Brandon Kyle

THINK SUCCESS

BRANDON KYLE BA WITH A MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY ’05

“We use psychology every day, even if we don’t always think about it. We are constantly trying to understand and influence the behavior of others around us, and that’s what psychology is all about. There are so many career options in psychology, and it also makes a fantastic double major for almost any other field. What I enjoy the most about my work is interacting with people and making a difference in their lives.”

When Brandon Kyle took a course in psychology in high school, he fell in love with the subject. At ONU, he was involved in the Honors Program, Amnesty International and Habitat for Humanity. After graduation, he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from West Virginia University. Today, he’s a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. He counsels patients before weight loss and organ transplant surgeries, teaches medical students and psychiatry residents, and researches pre-surgical psychological evaluations. 

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • In the past three years, 82 percent of the graduates in psychology, sociology and criminal justice were in full-time employment or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
  • Our psychology students are often awarded prestigious research grants from Psi Chi –  the international honors society in psychology – for projects in our animal lab. 
  • Every year, several psychology students co-author papers or present research findings at academic conferences. Our psychology graduates get accepted into the graduate schools at elite universities, including Notre Dame, Harvard, Southern Illinois, and Tulane. 

COURSES

You’ll need 120 credit hours to earn either a BS or BA with a major in psychology. We encourage you to use your elective hours to add a second major or minor to develop skills that will make you more attractive to potential employers.

As a psychology major, foundation courses are complemented by courses like:

  • Physiological Psychology
  • Learning and Behavior
  • Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Academic counselor  
  • Child development specialist 
  • Child psychologist 
  • Child welfare worker 
  • College/university professor 
  • Counseling psychologist 
  • Developmental psychologist 
  • Experimental psychologist 
  • Family and marriage counselor 
  • Human resource advisor
  • Music therapist 
  • Physician 
  • Psychiatric social worker 
  • Psychiatrist 
  • Rehabilitation specialist 
  • School counselor  

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent psychology graduates have ended up: Ph.D. candidate in cognitive psychology at the University of Notre Dame; Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at Tulane University; behavioral health technician working with young, male sex offenders.

Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice

Robert Carrothers

419-772-2135
r-carrothers@onu.edu
Hill 018
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed