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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Explore the science of the human mind and behavior

According to the American Psychological Association, Psychology is “the study of the mind and behavior.” It encompasses every aspect of the human experience. The Psychology program at St. Catharine College in Kentucky exposes students to a combination of research-based science and practitioner-based applied science. Our innovative classroom approach includes classes conducted as mock therapy sessions where students explore different therapy approaches through role-playing, others include a return to the reading of primary research findings and small group projects within the community.  Students have the opportunity to complete a research project of their own design, which is excellent preparation for graduate school.

Certificate Program

The honors track includes eight credit hours devoted to design and completion of a personal research project.

Minor Available

Students may complete 19-20 credit hours to earn a Psychology minor.

Special Program Highlights and Features:

  • Classes include no more than 28 students to allow full participation and extensive interaction with instructors.
  • The program offers a good balance between research-based science and applied science courses.
  • The program has a strong human service approach that provides excellent training for those who enter the counseling field.
  • Instructors will help students find internships if they are interested in pursuing this option.
  • Students have opportunities to try out concepts they’ve learned in class through group activities and research conducted in the outside world. One group recently performed social addictions research in Las Vegas and a trip is planned to Ireland for further study in this area.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in the St. Catharine College Psychology Club.

Interesting Courses You Might Take

Careers in Psychology – This course provides an introduction to the profession of

psychology, with an emphasis on how psychology can be useful, both personally and professionally. Topics include understanding what psychologist do, professional and practical issues in career choice, course selection, intern/research experience, and planning a course of study in psychology.

Research Seminar and Honors Thesis – These two courses (taken in sequential order) are required for students interested in earning a B.A. with Honors in Psychology.  The courses provide students with supervised research and/or internship experiences for Psychology Majors with at least 3.5 GPA.  These intensive courses are intended for students who are interested in seeking publication for original research projects or who plan to pursue graduate training in psychology.  An Honors Thesis will be required at the completion of PSY 495, along with a successful defense of the thesis.

Social Psychology  – This course examines the influence of other people and social situations on the behavior of the individual.  Students study primary sources of research and applications of social psychology. Emphasis is on the self, social judgment, interpersonal attraction, altruism, aggression, prejudice and discrimination, and social influence.

Meet the Instructors

Instructors within the department possess diverse academic backgrounds within the field of Psychology. Some are heavily experienced in the clinical counseling discipline while others are more research focused. All enjoy leading the exploration of Psychology in the college classroom.

Career Outlook for Major

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities within the counseling field are expected to grow 18 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average across all occupations. Counseling is one field that graduates can often enter right out of college. Many occupations within the field of Psychology require advanced education, including a master’s degree or even a Ph.D.