Are you interested in learning more about basic aspects of people's behavior and solutions to behavioral problems studied from a scientific perspective? Then psychology may be the major for you.
At IPFW, the Psychology Major consists of courses in the basic areas of psychology including developmental psychology, social and personality psychology, abnormal psychology, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, and statistics and research methods. In addition to these courses, we offer many specialized courses such as adolescent and adult development, death and dying, cross-cultural psychology, clinical psychology, psychology of women, gender development, and many others. Several of our courses provide you with the opportunity to do service learning in a variety of community agencies. We also offer a practicum in psychotherapy and a field placement course in which you work for a semester in a community social service or mental-health setting.
This diversity in courses allows you to focus on a specific area within psychology as well as obtain a broad perspective of the field. Your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in the IPFW School of Arts and Sciences signifies that you have met the rigors of combining general education courses with a specialized background in academic psychology.
At IPFW some psychology majors work closely with individual faculty members on research beyond the classroom. Some student-faculty collaborations have led to significant research findings that have been presented at regional and national conferences and published in professional journals. Other students have the opportunity to be undergraduate teaching assistants with several of our faculty.
You can join the Psychology Club or Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. These student-run organizations sponsor activities ranging from guest lectures by professionals in psychology-related careers to a variety of social functions.