Why Study Psychology
Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes, as well as the application of knowledge gained through that science. Psychology attempts to develop theories on the basis of careful description and experimentation, and then to apply that scientific information in useful
ways. Its domain is wonderfully diverse, including 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.
Why Study Psychology at Ship
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.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
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. The bachelor’s degree qualifies you for many entry-level positions in mental health services. It is also true, though, that when
individuals go on to earn postgraduate degrees they typically increase their earning power.
Persons with degrees in psychology are employed in
a wide variety of roles, including the following:
- Clinicians, counselors and human service workers
- School psychologists research and academic psychologists
- Industrial and organizational psychologists
- Human factors engineers
- Forensic psychologists
Average salaries for psychology-related jobs in PA range from $29,000 - $64,000.