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Psychology Major

Studying psychology at Grand View emphasizes 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.

You'll understand behavior and mental processes, apply strategies for self-management and self-improvement, use critical and creative thinking to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

Wondering whether you should pursue social work, psychology, or human services?

Explore the differences

Why Grand View?

  • Research preparation for graduate school
  • Small classes mean personal attention from faculty
  • Opportunities to attend and present at national conferences
  • Courses in our Psychology Research Track encourage you to select a topic of special interest early in the program and to study it in depth throughout several courses
  • Experienced faculty with extensive research and clinical experience
Career Options

The psychology program at Grand View will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. Your future awaits as a:

  • Behavioral Health Interventionist
  • Bereavement or Medical Counselor
  • Psychological Services or Management
  • Labor Relations Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Gerontologist
  • Graduate School (mental health counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist and psychologist)

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Prerequisites

These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major.

ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3 credits
MATH 095 Introduction to Algebra 3 credits
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3 credits

Requirements (44 credits)

PSYC 105 Psychology Seminar 1 credit
PSYC 212 Human Development 4 credits
PSYC 320 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 325 Counseling Theories 3 credits
PSYC 326 Personality Theory and Assessment 3 credits
PSYC 327 Techniques of Individual and Group Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 350 Psychology Research Methods 3 credits
PSYC 411 Cognitive Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 440 Senior Research Project 3 credits
PSYC 442 Biopshychology 3 credits
PSYC 450 Senior Seminar 3 credits
PSYC / SOCS 310 Social Psychology 3 credits
MATH 241
or
PSYC 239
Principles of Statistics
or
Statistics for Social Sciences
4 credits
or
3 credits
PSYC 300 / 400 Electives 6 credits
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Rasmussen Center

Dedicated in 2008, the 42,851 square-foot $8.5 million building houses the departments of art, education, history, criminal justice, political studies, psychology and sociology, as well as general-purpose classrooms, art studios, computer labs, the ALT Center, faculty offices, and various student amenities.

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Awards and Accomplishments

Alumni 

Recent graduates often go on to careers in the mental health field working in hospitals, offices, or clinics. Many have chosen to take their interest further by attending graduate schools that include Drake University and University of Iowa as well as international programs such as the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona or the International University of Sarajevo in Bosnia.

Is Psychology Right for You?

3 Fun Facts About Psychology

See if you can "psych" out of these psych fun facts:

  1. Placebos can often offer as much relief as actual treatments.
  2. Most people experience déjà vu about a conversation or a dream.
  3. Posting a calorie chart in fast food restaurants leads people to choose less healthy foods.
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