Psychology

Why people do the things they do is an age-old question.

Psychologists study the intersection of two critical relationships:
1. Between brain function and behavior
2. Between the environment and behavior

American Psychological Association

 

Creative and innovative, psychologists work in a tremendously varied field: They conduct research, diagnose and treat people; test intelligence and personality; and assess behavioral and mental functions. They study how human beings relate to one another and even how they relate to machines.

Psychologists are health care providers, teachers and consultants to communities and organizations. Business executives, performers and athletes work with psychologists to improve performance. Lawyers often seek the advice of psychologists regarding jury selection or trial strategy. And after a disaster, psychologists work to help victims recover from trauma.

Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes (normal and abnormal) of humans and other animals. By using the scientific method, basic research psychologists try to describe, explain, predict and control behavior; and applied psychologists try to improve the quality of life.

 

Psychologists contribute to every aspect of our society.

USF’s Psychology program provides students with a solid foundation in the discipline of scientific psychology that affords great flexibility toward successful career development—in graduate training or in the workplace. As importantly, you’ll experience personal growth that leads the individual toward making a positive contribution to society.

Designed in accordance with the recommended guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychology program offers students maximal flexibility to enter a specified field for advanced post-graduate training. Students may individualize their course of study according to their personal interests such as clinical, developmental or social psychology or gerontology. Gerontology is also offered as a minor for students interested in studying the aging processes and working with mature adults.

As a Psychology major you can expect to develop the following:

  • Theoretical knowledge of the major subdivisions in the discipline of psychology
  • Basics in the research methodology
  • Professional ethics
  • Awareness and understanding of diversity
  • Skills in the areas of locating valid information, using technology, reading comprehension, oral and written expression, conducting scientific inquiry, and critical thinking
  • Healthy personal growth
  • Services to others

 

What can I do with my Psychology degree?

With a bachelor’s degree:

  • Case manager
  • Social service worker
  • Psychometrician
  • Research assistant
  • Staff member in the human resources department
  • Government employee – service/helping agencies

 

With a Master’s degree:

  • School psychologist
  • Counselor
  • Industrial/Organizational psychologist
  • Psychotherapist – sports, family, marriage, youth
  • Forensic psychologist – government, law-enforcement

 

YOUR Success

Employment and graduate school admission rates are at 90% for USF psychology graduates. USF also has an academic agreement with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology to admit any interested USF graduate with a BA degree in Psychology who meets the criteria set by the Chicago School. One USF student is also guaranteed an assistantship with a $1,200 tuition credit.

 

Honor Societies and Clubs

The Psychology Club plans activities such as academic trips to psychology conferences, talks by guest speakers, academic tutoring, fundraising activities, holiday social gatherings, graduation celebrations, and fun field trips. The Psychology Club has organized fundraising events and made contributions to the American Red Cross and the Ponquinette and McCabe Scholarships. The Psychology Club is open to members from all academic majors and welcomes everybody to all activities.

USF Chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Psi Chi and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). This society has some 467,641 members. USF’s Chapter of Psi Chi is one of 1,027 chapters.

Psi Chi membership eligibility is based on a student’s academic record and includes the completion of three semesters or five quarters of the college coursework; completion of nine semester hours or 14 quarter hours of psychology courses; ranking in the top 35 percent of his or her class in general scholarship; and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in both psychology classes and in cumulative grades.

 

Be like these SAINTS

Learn more about USF’s Psychology program from its students:

Rene Barrios

Matthew Deschamps

Corey Richardson

Juliameera Olyivapurathu (double major in psychology and visual arts)

Eran Smith

USF’s successful alumni can offer insight into the profession and program of study.

Candace Thomas
MA in I/O Psychology
Consultant

Hillary Sinnott
MA in Forensic Psychology
Working at a youth correction center

Dianna Kucera
MA in Clinical Psychology

Michael Jacksa
MA in Counseling
SASS Screening interventionist
Will County Health Department

David J. Talarico
Director, Traffic School of Behavioral Change, Inc.