Shippensburg University has energetic psychology faculty with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We offer high-quality research, internship, and service-learning opportunities, and have a broad selection of courses. The student to faculty ratio is low, especially in advanced classes and classes for our majors, which means quality and small-school personalized attention for you.
You may earn academic credits by getting involved in undergraduate research. Some of our students present their work at national and international meetings each year. These opportunities are especially valuable for those interested in pursuing doctoral degrees in psychology or related fields. Most schools offering traditional doctoral degrees are research-intensive places and are highly competitive. There may be 400 applicants for just a few positions. Our faculty's areas of research interests include:
- Technology's impact on learning and relationships
- Sports fans
- Emotion regulation in relationships
- Risk-taking behaviors
- Power and privilege
- Parent-child interaction
- Autism and development disabilities
- Higher order cognitive processes
We have an active internship program that allows you to earn three to six credits outside the university setting. Students find positions with agencies that provide supervised experiences in areas related to psychology. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, he or she writes an academic paper about the experience. Internship experience can be a very valuable addition to your resume or graduate school application. Our graduates often tell us that their internship was their most useful and most enjoyable college experience.
In addition to internships that allow you to apply what you learn in class to real-world settings, some courses have Service Learning Project components that allow you to work on problem-solving initiatives in the community.