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The College of St. Scholastica
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Duluth, MN 55811
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Gerald Henkel-Johnson, Psy.D., L.P.
Department Chair
Tower Hall, Room 3648
(218) 723-6023
gjohnson@css.edu

Psychology

Program Facts

  • A growing department that offers more than 30 undergraduate courses taught by award-winning faculty
  • Broad-based program that pairs well with other majors such as secondary education or management and also prepares students for post-graduate studies
  • Strong emphasis on conducting and evaluating research
  • Provides many opportunities for students to focus on individual interests within the field of psychology with close mentoring by faculty
  • Scope and sequence of coursework is well planned and interrelated, with emphasis upon the Scientific Method
  • Follows the "coherent curriculum" model with students strongly encouraged to take part in a variety of co-curricular activities  that lead to success beyond the classroom
  • Develops critical thinking and writing skills, which are crucial for psychology professionals

Clinicals

Major:

  • B.A. degree: 46 credits
  • B.S. degree: 56 credits

Minor: 20 credits

Research or Internships

Psychology majors at St. Scholastica have the option to take the Directed Applied Project in Psychology (DAPP) during their junior or senior year, a class where students work half-time in positions where they can apply their theoretical knowledge to actual experiences in the field.  Students in the program have worked with mental health patients, completed internships at residential child treatment programs and worked as research assistants.

Careers

Many psychology majors choose to double major and enter the work force immediately upon graduation, in the fields of nursing or human resources, for example. Others have gone on to pursue graduate studies in counseling or clinical psychology, or in occupational or physical therapy programs, medicine, as well as other fields. Psychology is a fast-growing career field; the projected growth rate for psychologists is 22% between 2010-2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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  • "I am studying psychology because it is a pretty versatile major. I am not sure what I would like to do for a living. However, I am thinking about going into Human Resources and I felt that Psychology would be a good stepping stone, after which I could change my direction if I wanted to."

    – Alison Lambert, Psychology Major, Honors Program 13'