Fascinated by the complexities of the human mind? Looking to pursue a line of work where you can improve lives and make a real difference in society? Whether you’re interested in becoming a clinical psychologist, a school counselor, a social worker, or even an attorney, Penn State Lehigh Valley’s highly versatile Psychology program offers the path to a number of sought-after careers. Taught by faculty with extensive professional and scholarly experience, the degree also comes with the world-renown Penn State brand name that can take you anywhere you want to go.
PSU-LV’s Psychology program is designed to provide high-quality, relevant, integrated, skills-based instruction in the theory, methodology and practice of psychology.
Flexibility is the hallmark of the program, and you’ll have your choice of three specific degree options: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science – Business Option; and Bachelor of Science – Science Option. Program courses include Basic Research Methods in Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Well-Being and Positive Psychology, Neurological Bases of Human Behavior, Abnormal Psychology, and Psychology of Fear and Stress.
Outside the classroom, you have the opportunity to gain practical skills through internships, undergraduate research opportunities, and international study through partnerships with universities in Ireland and the Netherlands.
By the time you’re done, you’ll be ready to enter a high-demand field, or make a seamless transition to graduate school.
Upon graduating, you’ll have the chance to pursue a career with organizations like:
Child and Youth Advocacy Agencies
Institutional Research Departments
Assisted Living Facilities
Health Education Agencies
Drug, Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Treatment Programs
“My degree has allowed me to bring the experience of a case manager, counselor and state investigator into my career. When clients tell me their story, I’m able to look for and analyze patterns, reasons why my client, the opposition, or third-party acted or reacted the way they did, and consider alternative resolutions. If there is a potential psychological or psychiatric solution, I feel comfortable talking about it. Also, it allows me to understand programs that are provided or can be provided to children, adolescents, adults and older adults. … I believe that a psychology degree is beneficial in any aspect of life because we are constantly interacting with people. We don’t always have to agree with how others act, but it is helpful to take a step back and try to understand why others are acting a certain way, or why we do not agree with their actions.” – Jennifer Bolivar ’15, associate attorney at Allentown-based law firm Crosson Richetti & Daigle LLC
Suggested Academic Plans
Suggested Academic Plans (SAP) provide the possible order of courses students might follow as they pursue a particular degree. SAPs are proposed schedules only. Individual student's schedules might look different if -- in consultation with an academic adviser -- the student has created a different plan. Care should be taken when changing the order of courses, as the SAP takes into account prerequisites and course controls. For the final work regarding the courses needed for graduation in a particular major, all students should consult the University Bulletin and their degree audit.
Dr. Kevin Kelley
Psychology Program Coordinator
610-285-5062 | [email protected]