Psychology

    • A recent graduate with a degree in psychology earned a Ph.D. in social psychology from Purdue University and is now a faculty member and researcher at Harvard University. He has published more than 30 scholarly works and his research has been featured in numerous popular news media outlets.
    • A recent graduate with a dual major in psychology and biology completed her Ph.D. in health psychology and is now a faculty member in the health psychology Ph.D. program at University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
    • Recent Gannon graduates in psychology have gone on to graduate school at LaSalle University, Niagara University, Old Dominion University, Binghamton University, Georgia Southern University, Roosevelt University, Western Kentucky University, Edinboro University and Gannon University, to name a few.
    • Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty on research projects early in their program of study.

    You Will Learn

    The psychology major prepares students for a variety of professional and liberal arts careers by providing maximal flexibility in vocational planning. Because of the strong foundation the curriculum provides in research methods, liberal studies core and behavioral sciences, the psychology major prepares the student to pursue graduate study
    in a variety of fields including psychology, social work, counseling, business and health care administration,
    the law and others. It also prepares the student for nonprofessional careers that require a strong liberal arts background. Four separate tracks are available to help students tailor the psychology major to best fit their own interests and professional goals: graduate school track, human services track, health sciences track and general track.

    You Will Experience

    Psychology majors have broad opportunities for internships, and an internship is required in the human services track. Students work with an advisor to design an internship that best meets their needs. Internship opportunities include:

    • Achievement Center
    • Andromeda House Intensive Treatment Center
    • Barber National Institute
    • Erie County Board of Probation and Parole
    • Moore Research
    • SafeNet
    • Stairways Behavioral Health
    • Watson Institute Inclusive Summer Program

    You Will Achieve

     Graduates with a bachelor's degree in psychology are well prepared for medical, law or graduate schools in related fields such as counseling, social work or business.

    For graduates who intend to immediately enter the workforce, the psychology major prepares them for success in a wide variety of fields. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • case management
    • child protection
    • college admissions
    • corrections
    • customer service
    • employment counseling
    • family services
    • fundraising
    • group homes
    • human resources
    • management
    • marketing
    • personnel administration
    • probation and parole
    • public relations
    • research and program evaluation
    • residential youth centers
    • sales
    • social services
    • staff training and development
    • statistical consulting
    • technical writing

    You will Study

    Students in the psychology program can choose a curriculum from one of four different tracks, including general psychology, graduate school, health science and human services tracks. Psychology majors take various core and elective courses including:

    PSYC 307: The Helping Relationship

    In this course students learn basic helping skills and have the opportunity to practice and role play in specially designed counseling rooms with two-way mirrors for observation.

    PSYC 311: Multivariate Statistics

    This is an advanced course for students who want to pursue expertise in research. This is a very unusual offering in an undergraduate curriculum and is very appealing on graduate school applications.

    PSYC 395: Research Practicum

    In this course students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor conducting research in psychology. Students may be involved in study design, data collection, data analysis, preparing a manuscript for publication, delivering a conference presentation or any combination of the above.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $36,300
    • Mid-career salary: $60,700