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|Studies lead to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology degree.
Psychology is the branch of psychology that seeks to apply
current psychological principles to practical problems in the
workplace and everyday life. The psychology major at
Robert Morris University provides education and training in
psychology to prepare students for successful careers or graduate
programs in psychology and related fields, such as child care,
counseling, research, law or social work.
This program is unique for several reasons. First, by completing the
required RMU core, students gain computer and communications
skills not typically found in other psychology programs. Secondly,
the program requires completion of an academic minor and a two-semester
practicum experience, in which students complete a
minimum of 120 hours of supervised work in a setting that meets
their career interests. Finally, 27 credits of open electives allow
students to fulfill requirements of another major or minor, or to
select a broader range of courses.
The goals of the B.S. in Psychology degree program are
to prepare professionals who can:
- Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills in psychology;
- Demonstrate the critical thinking, decision-making and general
application skills necessary for ethical and competent
performance in human services occupations;
- Conduct and integrate traditional and developing methods of
research and scholarship and apply these methods to practical
problems in human endeavors; and
- Communicate clearly and succinctly in professional writing,
presentation and scholarship.
The B.S. in Psychology degree program requires 120 credit
hours. The curriculum has four components:
- Robert Morris University Core - 39 credits
These are the traditional liberal arts requirements of the
University. Studies in humanities, communications skills, and
social, behavioral, natural and quantitative sciences are included.
- Psychology Core - 36 credits
This component includes advanced course work in psychology.
Studies in social psychology, child psychology, human growth
and development, industrial psychology, abnormal psychology,
physiological psychology, cognitive psychology, behavioral
research and statistics are included, plus a two-semester practicum.
- Required Minor - 18 credits
This component requires students to complete an approved
minor by taking a minimum of six courses in an area of interest.
- Open Electives - 27 credits
This component permits students to select courses from other
University programs to personalize the program of study.
U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics predict that psychology will be one
of the fastest growing professions in the next 10 years. The number
of social/human service assistants is projected to grow at an aboveaverage
rate of 36 percent or more. The Pennsylvania Department
of Labor and Industry's 2004 statistics indicate more than 3,000
position openings a year in the social/human services fields.
Sample Business/Industry Job Titles
Social worker, counselor, clinical coordinator, child care provider,
recreation specialist, management trainee, research assistant,
residential advisor, career counselor, academic advisor, customer
service representative, sales associate, recruiter, police officer.
2006 national mean bachelor-level starting salaries by job function:
|Administration (Social Services)||$27,500|
|Human Resources/Industrial Relations||$31,500|