Fairmont State Psychology classes consist of philosophical, biological, and social frameworks of human behaviors and their clinical and organizational applications.
Psychology majors graduate with an in depth understanding of mental functions and behaviors.
Courses are laced with applied and theoretical information.
Psychology majors who have a strong interest in community service can take advantage of specialty courses just for them. Examples include:
- Psychopathy of Child & Adolescence
- Interpersonal Dynamics
Students who are interested in a separate major can also study Psychology. A number of elective courses from biopsychology to the Psychology of aging are offered for students to also earn a psychology minor.
The Psychology curriculum is ideal for students anticipating graduate work in areas of:
- Social work
The Psychology program is ideal for students who plan to go on to graduate school or for those hoping to enter the work force with an undergraduate degree. Career opportunities include:
- Research Psychologist
- Clinical Psychologist (including Forensic Psychologist)
- Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
- School Psychologist
- Mental Health Counselor
- Career & Guidance counselor
- Social worker
- Law school
- Medical school
Psychology Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Psychology program is to develop graduates capable of improving and advancing the human condition. Aspiring graduates will be provided with the tools, knowledge, and experiences necessary to meet the needs of employers and all of society.
1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
2. Students will be aware of basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
3. Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
4. Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
5. Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science.
6. Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
B.S. Psychology Program Goal 1
The Psychology Program at Fairmont State University strives to meet the needs of the local community and broader society by preparing all majors for immediate entry into human service positions and graduate programs that develop specializations across the many fields of psychology. (Graduation rates and alumni surveys)
B.S. Psychology Program Goal 2
The program supports the Scientist-Practitioner model by providing experiences for all majors in the broad spectrum of scientist and practitioner roles in academics, business, criminal justice, education, and many human service fields. (Professional student conference presentation, internships/practicums, and community service envolvement)