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Psychology

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.


The Psychology Program

Upon completion of department requirements, students will have obtained the ability to conduct research and are knowledgable 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.

Careers

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

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

Internships

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 internships 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 William Penn University Psychology Program provides an eye opening experience that opens the mind to infinite possibilities.

Roxanna Jensen and Tanya Sellers, WPU Psychology students

Faculty

Michael Collins, Ph.D

Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair, Professor of Sociology 641-673-1393

Ronald K. Bryan, M.A.

Instructor of Religion and Holder of the Beane Endowed Chair 641-673-2186 Email

Sarah Tarbell, M.A., M.B.L.

Instructor of Psychology 641-673-1072

Organizations

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 Club is open to all Penn students interested in social interaction.

Facilities

Penn Hall

As one of the oldest buildings on the university campus, Penn Hall has undergone several transformations over the years; both structurally and functionality. Classrooms are located on all four stories, along with administrative offices located on the second level. All classrooms are easily accessible and are equipped with the tools and technology needed for students to be successful.

  • Administrative Offices
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Classrooms
  • Computer Lab
  • IS Help Desk
  • Service Center & Mail Room

Courses

You will take the following courses as a psychology student:

Psychology Core courses

  • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 260 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 326 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 327 Personality
  • PSYC 333 Learning
  • PSYC 335 Experimental Psychology
  • PSYC 390 Psychology Practicum
  • PSYC Electives