Social Sciences Majors


The learning experience in Psychology at Grand View emphasizes face to face interaction with skilled instructors and hands-on learning. Internships, research training, and a curriculum designed to help students build a strong knowledge base contribute to success in both graduate school and employment.

Grand View Psychology Research Track (GV-PR) courses encourage you to select a topic of special interest early in the program and to study it in depth throughout several courses.

Research preparation is essential if you want to complete graduate education in any of the specialty areas of Psychology—clinical, counseling, industrial, developmental, experimental, neuroscience, personality, social psychology, and human perception, to name a few.

Grand View also offers a minor in psychology.

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Courses and Requirements

Departmental Courses in the Core:

  • General Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Prerequisite Courses:

  • First Year Composition
  • Core Math requirement (see catalog for specific courses)
  • General Psychology

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Psychology Seminar
  • Human Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Counseling Theories
  • Personality Theory and Assessment
  • Techniques of Individual and Group Counseling
  • Psychology Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Senior Research Project
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Senior Seminar
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics for Social Sciences OR
  • Principles of Statistics

Must choose 6 credits from 300 or 400 level courses:

  • Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • Marriage and Family
  • Evidence-Based MP/DD Services
  • Evidence-Based MH Services
  • Family Law
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology and Health
  • Psychology and Religion
  • Human Sexuality
  • Stress and Anxiety Management
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Sport Psychology
  • Program Evaluation
  • Independent Study AS NEEDED
  • Internship
  • Case Management in the Human Services
  • Special Topics AS NEEDED
  • Psychology Research Project

Free Electives:

  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Sex and Gender
  • Addictive Behaviors, Causes, Treatment & Prevention
  • Selected Topics AS NEEDED
  • Cooperative Education Psychology

 For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

While the emphasis is on preparing students for graduate education in Psychology or related fields, this does not preclude immediate employment. Graduates of Grand View have obtained positions as psychology technicians at local hospitals, program managers in human services agencies, claims representatives in insurance companies, and other related employment.  Employers welcome Psychology majors because they show an ability to think and write clearly, and manage data - all skills valued in today's workplace. 


Internships, research training, and the curriculum are designed to help build a strong knowledge base in psychology, contributing to both academic and vocational success.  The Des Moines metropolitan area has numerous opportunities for part-time jobs and internships while students work to complete their degrees. These contacts often lead to employment after graduation. Students work closely with their advisors to plan their program of study and maximize the educational experience.

"The department works to provide each of our students the best experience and knowledge of application, built upon a solid foundation, up-to-date theory, and research.  Our goal is to prepare each of our students to successfully enter the field after graduation.  We want students to grow as critical thinkers who will continue the learning process throughout their lives."
– Guy Cunningham, associate professor of psychology


Get involved and join The Psychology Club! The Psychology Club exists to promote interest in the study and application of human service skills through campus activities, to promote an understanding of the human services population through community-based organizations (internships), and to serve the Greater Des Moines area by providing direct volunteer services. Membership is open to all students.

Sponsors: Dr. Guy Cunningham / Dr. Sheryl Leytham
Rasmussen Center, Rm 227 / Rasmussen Center, Rm 226
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