Psychology

Program Type: Major, Minor
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Social Sciences

DIG DEEP INTO HUMAN BEHAVIOR WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE FROM MOUNT MARTY.

 

IT’S ABOUT HEART AND MIND

A bachelor’s degree in psychology will help you understand human behavior and prepare you for graduate work or a broad range of career fields. You’ll take core courses such as personality theory, physiological psychology, social psychology, and lifespan development. Additional classes range from sports psychology, health psychology, to group dynamics are also offered to our students. Explore what motivates human behavior and use that knowledge to understand normal and abnormal behavior. True to our Catholic Benedictine values, we look at psychology as a way to understand, serve, and be open to others.

HANDS-ON LEARNING

You will get lots of real-world experience through internship and service learning opportunities. As a senior, you will conduct and present your own research project. With a psychology degree, you’ll have all the coursework you need to land an entry-level position in psychology, or you might decide to continue your studies in graduate school so you can earn a degree so you may be a school counselor, go into private practice, or work in a human service profession.

With A Bachelor's Degree

Case Manager - Work with individuals who have special physical and psychological needs in a residential setting. Average Salary: $30,000.

Mental Health Technician - Work with individuals in an inpatient setting by assisting them in daily tasks and leading therapy sessions. Average Salary: $35,000.

Rehabilitation Specialist - Work with individuals who have experienced a physical or psychological trauma to help them retain optimal functioning. Average Salary: $38,000.

Human Resources Manager -Work in the human resource office of companies and assist in the selection, training, and evaluation of employees and create a healthy environment for employees. Average Salary: $40,000.

With a Master's Degree

School Counselor - Work as a high school career guidance counselor or as a counselor who helps children in the school system deal with personal psychological issues. Average Salary: $45,000.

Drug & Alcohol Counselor - Work with individuals who are working to overcome their addictions to drugs and/or alcohol.  This may be in an inpatient setting or outpatient setting. Average Salary: $55,000.

Individual or Marriage & Family Counselor - Work with individuals and couples who are experiencing personal and relationship difficulties to help them overcome their issues. Average Salary: $60,000.

With a Doctorate Degree

There are many degree options for individuals with a Doctorate in Psychology depending on their area of expertise.

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Psychology students at Mount Marty University have a vast array of internship opportunities to choose from as students and pursue for careers after graduation! 

  • Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health Services
  • South Dakota Human Services Center
  • Ability Building Services
  • South Dakota Court and Probation Services
  • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital
  • Yankton Public Schools
  • South Dakota Child Protection Services
  • River City Domestic Violence Center
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Group homes, assisted living centers, senior citizen centers, adult and aging social service agencies, and family visitation centers 

Major Course Requirements

  • PSY 100 Introduction to the Human Service Profession
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 165 Lifespan Development
  • PSY 275 Experimental Methods I
  • PSY 276 Experimental Methods II
  • PSY 310 Service Learning (one credit)
  • PSY 341 Introduction to Counseling
  • PSY 370 Social Psychology
  • PSY 372 Personality Theory
  • PSY 376 Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 382 Memory and Cognition
  • PSY 452 Psychological Testing and Measurement
  • PSY 454 History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSY 485 Internship (minimum three credits)
  • PSY 490 Senior Seminar
  • PSY 498 Senior Research

 

Related Course Requirement

  • MTH 219 Elementary Statistics

 

Choose four courses (minimum of 12 credits) from the following:

  • PSY 225 Foundations of Group Dynamics
  • PSY 316 Health Psychology
  • PSY 317 Sport Psychology
  • PSY 340 Chemical Dependency and Human Behavior
  • PSY 342 Introduction to Alcoholism
  • PSY 343 Introduction to Group Counseling
  • PSY 346 Ethics for the Human Service and Chemical Dependency Professional Psychology
  • PSY 374 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY Any other PSY course

Depending on your career interests, popular majors to pair with psychology include human servicecriminal justice, pre-professional studies, or biology.

Psychology students here at MMU currently have the opportunity to participate in STEP (Service Training and Exploring our Potential). Students will also be able to be a part of the MMU Student United Way!

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