Psychology

Gain the skills you need to better understand human behavior. With a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wilkes, you'll prepare for a wide variety of exciting and meaningful careers both inside and outside the field of psychology.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major, Minor On-campus 120 (18 for minor)

Why Study Psychology at Wilkes?

You'll learn from expert professors while experiencing the facilities and equipment used by today's psychological professionals. Our faculty are committed to developing mentoring relationships with you and will help you build on your strengths and reach personal and career goals. Choose from either the applied or research track. The applied track prepares you for entry-level positions in many fields that depend on an understanding of human behavior, while the research track gives you the methodological background to proceed to graduate school. You can even minor in sport psychology.

Curriculum   Admission Requirements

What Will You Learn as a Psychology Major?

  • Gain a broad understanding of human behavior through your development of critical thinking and scientific inquiry skills. Practice research methods, project design and statistical analysis while learning to evaluate claims using scientific evidence.
  • Develop an awareness and appreciation for the diversity of human experiences while learning about social and ethical responsibility both within the classroom and in professional settings.
  • Learn to communicate effectively with others and work as part of a team, making you a valuable asset to a variety of potential employers.
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Program Highlights

Flexibility

Gain a broad understanding of the field of psychology. Choose a specialized educational track that best aligns with your unique interests and goals. You might also consider adding a minor or even a second major to expand your knowledge.

Independent Research

If you choose the research capstone experience, you'll design and implement your own research project. You'll also build professional skills by presenting your findings. You may also find opportunities to work with side by side with faculty on their research.

Internships

Internship experiences allow you to develop skills and apply coursework to real-world settings. Internships often result in job offers at placement sites after graduation. Recent internship sites include Mercy Hospital Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation, Essex County Juvenile Detention Center and Step by Step Inc.

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I am so thankful for the never-ending support from faculty and administrators and all the amazing opportunities that they have provided for me.Francesca Varela-Seri '20 - Neuroscience and Psychology
The psychology department has not only offered me an excellent education but has also given me opportunities to gain research experiences in the NeuroTraining Research Center as well as in a Stress and Social Justice Lab.Monica Morrison '21 - Psychology
1 in 4psychology majors have a second major, expanding potential career options
4 out of 10psychology majors have one or more minors, allowing them to explore a variety of academic interests
100%of psychology majors who want to pursue an internship opportunity get placed at an internship site

NeuroTraining & Research Center

The NTRC's cutting-edge neuroscience techniques help clients with stress and lead to improved focus and peak performance. The center is run by psychology and neuroscience interns, who gain hands-on training with the latest neurofeedback and biofeedback equipment.

Explore the NeuroTraining & Research Center

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Careers & Outcomes

There is growing demand for clinical, counseling and school psychologists. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15% increase in demand for these professions from 2018-28.  Wilkes psychology graduates are well-prepared for a variety of career paths in psychology. Some graduates continue their education or enter medical school. Below are selected job titles and employers for our graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni attend graduate school.

Job Titles

  • School Counselor
  • Community Mental Health Counselor
  • Drug/Alcohol Counselor
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Public Relations Specialist

Graduate Schools

  • University of Scranton
  • University of Delaware
  • Clemson University
  • Lehigh University
  • University of Hawaii
  • Temple University
  • Ball State University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • George Mason University
  • Stony Brook University

Employers

  • Caring Communities
  • Children's Choice
  • Children's Behavioral Services
  • Monmouth Medical Center
  • OSF HealthCare
  • The Center

Facilities

You'll get plenty of experience in our hands-on facilities:

  • Our psychophysiology laboratory allows you to collaborate in studying acute psychological and physiological responses to stress.
  • The biopsychology laboratory exposes you to brain structure and function, neuroanatomy and perceptual demonstrations.
  • Our NeuroTraining and Research Center allows you to gain hands-on-training with state-of-the-art neurofeedback and biofeedback equipment, as well as audiovisual entrainment devices.
  • Our clinical observation suite is equipped with one-way mirrors.
  • The computer lab gives students access to software and computer demonstrations specific to the field.