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Welcome to the Psychology and Counseling Department of Alvernia University. We hope you'll take some time to get acquainted with our B.S. in Psychology program. If you're interested in studying psychology, chances are you’re fascinated by human thought processes and behaviors, and you feel ready to start the scientific study of those topics. Alvernia faculty members can teach you a lot about those things. You might be surprised, though, about how much you’ll learn about yourself and the world around you while studying psychology. It’s not only a fascinating major, it’s a major that helps prepare you for life by teaching you important skills like communication and critical thinking.
Because at Alvernia you get all the benefits of an outstanding university education in a manageable setting with personal attention and unique opportunities that can benefit you as you move toward your career.
Small Class Size
Alvernia has a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, and most classes contain less than 20 students. This facilitates valuable, professional relationships among faculty members and students. In these small class settings, you get individual attention to help you excel.
Faculty Who Care
Alvernia’s faculty members aren’t just teachers. They’re experts in their fields who are committed to passing along their knowledge and expertise to their students. In small class settings faculty members become mentors and advisors, intent on helping you learn, grow and succeed. Meet the Psychology faculty at Alvernia University.
Alvernia offers opportunities for many psychology students to work with faculty members on research projects relating to their areas of concentration. This collaboration prepares students for professions and/or graduate school.
Students have worked with psychology faculty on research projects ranging in subject from diversity and multiculturalism to learning in early childhood to substance abuse. Discover research opportunities at Alvernia.
Alvernia’s Honors Program for students who are academically gifted and highly motivated is designed to allow students to work at their own pace and to recognize and encourage academic excellence. Honors students interact with one another to exchange ideas and information across a wide range of disciplines and interests.
The Honors Program offers co-curricular activities, service opportunities and intellectual and social support to encourage students to exceed their own expectations. Learn more about Alvernia’s Honors Programs at www.alvernia.edu/academics/honors
Classroom learning is valuable and necessary, but out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning provides psychology students with hands-on, real world learning opportunities that enrich your educational experience and are highly valued by employers.
You’ll have opportunities to participate in internships, co-ops, clinical experiences, field experiences, community service, campus events and other experiences to help you stretch and grow toward your full potential. Learn more about Alvernia’s Get Real program at www.alvernia.edu/getreal.
Living and studying outside of the United States can change you in ways you can’t begin to envision. Students who study abroad typically gain immeasurable confidence and experiences they could not have imagined.
Many psychology majors have benefitted from participation in a Study Abroad program in countries including New Zealand, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Morocco, Palestine, China and Mexico. Learn more about Alvernia’s Study Abroad program at www.alvernia.edu/studyabroad.
Some psychology students return to school after graduating from Alvernia to earn graduate degrees.
A sampling of schools where psychology alumni attend graduate programs:
As a psychology major, you’ll need to earn 44 credits in the major.
Each Student Must Complete Five Elective Courses:
Your Practicum Experience
All psychology majors must complete a two-semester practicum experience. A practicum is a real-world work experience, during which you are placed in a position in the community that closely relates to your career interests. It’s similar to an internship, and usually occurs in your senior year.
Alvernia believes that real world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment. You can find out more about real world learning at www.alvernia.edu/academics/experiential_learning.
There’s a lot to think about when you’re preparing for a practicum, but you’ll get the information and help that you’ll need. You can find out a lot more about Alvernia’s practicum program in the Practicum Handbook.
In addition to real-world learning, psychology majors can get a chance to participate with faculty members in research projects. Faculty members serve as mentors for students working on their senior theses, and students work collaboratively with faculty members on a variety of projects. Discover research opportunities at Alvernia.
Psychology faculty members and students have conducted research in a wide variety of subjects, including:
You can visit the psychology faculty pages to learn more about research projects that might match your interests, or our research lab pages.
Alvernia is committed to serving the needs of its students. Whether you have questions or problems related to academics, life on campus, student activities, social activities or any other issue, there is someone available to help you. You can learn more about all student services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/student-services.
Educational Planning Center
The Educational Planning Center offers advice and support to help you with any problems or issues related to your Alvernia education; it also assists with career exploration and preparation. The office is open every day and can be contacted at 610-796-8266.
Staff members at the Career Development office will help you with any questions you have about exploring or planning careers, and they also will guide you about how to look for and apply to jobs as you get closer to graduation. The office also has a career resources library. You can learn more about career services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/career-services, or by emailing email@example.com.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions you have about the cost of an Alvernia education and to discuss the options available for paying for it. Nearly all undergraduates at Alvernia get some type of financial aid, and everyone is encouraged to apply for it. You can learn more at www.alvernia.edu/financialaid/index.html or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in applying to the psychology program at Alvernia, Admissions Counselors are available to discuss and answer any questions you might have at 610-796-8269 or email@example.com.
There is so much more to college than classes. Students who get involved and engaged in extra-curricular activities benefit both academically and socially, and open themselves to integral life lessons from beyond the classroom.
You’ll be encouraged to participate in a range of activities, including some rewarding and inspiring service projects. Some organizations and activities you might enjoy include:
Alvernia’s psychology alumni are engaged professionals who attribute their success back to the real-world experiences they received both in and out of the classroom.
These success stories are highlighted by internships, service-learning experiences, research opportunities, practicums and the careers they pursue upon graduation.
Alyssa Wagner ‘14
As a student, Alyssa continually volunteered at the Berks Residential Center, a place she chose as a service-learning opportunity her freshman year. This service-learning opportunity motivated her to pursue a career as a counselor after graduation. Read about Alyssa’s entire service-learning experience.
Jennifer Kaucher ‘13
As a communication major and psychology minor, Jen had plenty of career options. She decided to combine her two passions and began working as a Prevention Specialist with The Council on Chemical Abuse soon after graduation. See how Jen’s internships and work-study experience led her to a rewarding career.
Melissa Marcario ‘93
After earning her degree in psychology from Alvernia, Dr. Melissa Marcario went on to earn her master’s and Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is now at the forefront of PTSD treatment in her work with the Veterans Administration at the Pittsburgh Health Care System. See how Dr. Marcario got there.
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