The William Penn University Psychology program is designed to provide students with knowledge pertaining to scientific understanding of human behavior. Professors create situational opportunity through the use of practical exercises to demonstrate theoretical concepts. In a team-friendly environment, group interaction is used to develop further understanding of key concepts, allowing students to work together and develop leadership skills.

Upon completion of department requirements, student will have obtained the ability to conduct research methods, and also knowledge of contemporary psychological theory. With the ability to emphasize and communicate with others, Psychology majors will then be able to understand personality and disposition to determine how individuals can be treated. Students who complete a major in psychology will have an enhanced understanding of human behavior, skills in utilizing and evaluating psychology research, improved communication and interpersonal skills, and a broadened understanding of how psychology issues influence contemporary thought, demonstrating critical thinking skills.


Michael Collins, Ph.D., Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, Associate Professor of Sociology

David Porter, Ph.D., Louis Tuttle Shangle Professor of History

Sarah Tarbell, M.B.L., Instructor of Psychology

Jane Kelderman, Visiting Lecturer, Psychology  


By receiving a degree in Psychology from William Penn University, students obtain professional instruction and are qualified to practice careers for a variety of different agencies.

  • Case Management
  • Career Counselor 
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Psychiatric Technician 
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Sports Psychology 
  • School Psychology


Internships are an exceptional way to enhance professional capabilities and strengthen networking status. Psychology majors are required by faculty to participate in 100 hours of internship experience, so students can apply theoretical concepts and generate a better understanding of psychological interpretation at professional levels. Students and professors work together to find local opportunities suitable for college level experience. These are some potential internship you may want to pursue:

  • Personal Development Research Assistant 
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Conduct Research at University of Iowa 
  • St. Luke’s Miracle Network
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters Non-Profit Management
  • Dakota Country Victims Assistance


The Social and Behavioral Science Division is primarily located on the first and third floors of Penn Hall. Lecture rooms consist of efficient spacing designed for group interaction, current technological innovations, and projectors designated for student and professor presentations. The division also contains a computer lab created for students to conduct research exercises or coursework assignments.


William Penn University’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Club is designed for student development within leadership positions, and creating a social environment directed toward generating skills pertaining to social and psychological analysis. The Sociology and Psychology Club is open to all Penn students interested in social interaction.