Shippensburg University’s psychology program prepares students for a wide range of careers through close relationships with faculty and plenty of opportunities for growth outside the classroom.

The diverse field of study includes everything from rats learning mazes to athletes using mental imagery, from pathological conditions to healthy development, from the physiology of stress to the influences on courtroom behavior, from memory and problem solving enhancements to mindfulness and meditation techniques, and much more.

What's Special About Psychology at Ship?

Ship’s faculty has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We offer a broad selection of courses, plus many opportunities for research, internships and service learning.

Our class sizes are small, especially in advanced classes and classes for our majors, which means personalized attention for you.

While Ship maintains a very community-centered atmosphere, some of our students present their research at national and international meetings each year.

Where Can Psychology Get Me?

Many employers respect a bachelor's degree in psychology because it says the graduate has studied human behavior in ways that other degrees may not offer.

Persons with degrees in psychology are employed in a wide variety of roles, including the following:

   •     Clinicians, Counselors and Human Service Workers

   •     School Psychologists and Academic Psychologists

   •     Industrial and Organizational Psychologists

   •     Human Factors Engineers

   •     Forensic Psychologists

Average salaries for psychology-related jobs in Pennsylvania range from $29,000 - $64,000.

Learn more about career options in the field of psychology.

How Do Psychology Majors Spend Their Time?

The psychology department structures its courses into three goal categories: knowledge base, skills/careers, and social awareness. You are required to take courses from each category along with courses to satisfy psychology electives and free electives, which can be selected from the full range of offerings. A total of 42 credits in psychology are required, but most majors take more. Students will also satisfy the university's general education requirements, giving them a well-rounded college experience.

A faculty advisor works closely with you to find the courses that meet your particular needs. Shippensburg psychology majors can choose an advisor based on the faculty member's areas of interest.

For more information about courses, refer to the program guide sheet.

We also offer an 18 credit psychology minor.

Outside the classroom, students have opportunities to earn credit through research and internships.

Research 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.

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.

  • Student volunteers host yearly social events with residents at Episcopal Square, a local residence for people with disabilities and aging populations.
  • Students in Psychology of Social Influence use their knowledge of persuasion to help recruit volunteers to donate to various non-profit organizations, such as the National Bone Marrow registry and the American Red Cross.
  • Students taking Abnormal Psychology develop and implement projects at the Steps Toward Advocacy and Recovery and New Visions programs, both of which serve people with serious and persisted mental disorders.

Membership in the local chapter of Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society, is also available to students meeting the necessary GPA requirements.

Contact the Department of Psychology

Franklin Science Center 114, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1657