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The B.S. in Psychology is available in a general concentration that provides a broad-based approach to the discipline, as well as several specialized concentrations.

The general psychology concentration provides students with an examination of many of the diverse subfields within the discipline. Students who choose this path can work with faculty mentors to tailor their studies to best meet their academic and career needs. For example, they can focus on forensic psychology, child or gender psychology, psychology of adjustment, or related topics in other academic programs.

The clinical psychology concentration is a pre-professional program designed to prepare students for graduate training in counseling or clinical psychology. It includes content and theory as well as exposure to rudimentary clinical skills through role plays and assessments. Practice as a professional counselor or clinical psychologist requires a graduate degree and licensure; this concentration builds foundational clinical skills that can be honed and extended during graduate training.

The industrial-organizational psychology concentration is concerned with the scientific study of working, and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. In this fast-growing field, the scientific method is applied to investigate issues of critical relevance to individuals, businesses, and society. Coursework includes business classes on management theory and organizational behavior.

The sport psychology concentration focuses on the mental side of sport and exercise, applying principles of psychology to improve athletic and exercise performance. Students explore how psychological factors affect sport performance and how engaging in sport and exercise impacts a person’s physical health and psychological well-being. The focus is on developing mental skills that improve performance and on assisting athletes struggling with a variety of mental health issues, including performance anxiety, injury, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

The clinical-sport psychology concentration is an intensive dual course of study combining classes on mental health and counseling with those concerning the mental side of sport and exercise performance. Students can apply to be admitted to this concentration after completing 90 credits, typically after their junior year.

Interested students in this course of study may be eligible for the Early Law School Admission Program.

Contact Information

Kathryn Dennick-Brecht, Ed.D. 
Department Head, Social Sciences
brecht@rmu.edu
412-397-5419 

Clinical Psychology: 
Neha I. Pandit, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Psychology 
pandit@rmu.edu
412-397-6031

Sport Psychology:
Samantha J. Monda, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Psychology
monda@rmu.edu
412-397-6036 

Industrial-Organizational Psychology: 
David A. Wheeler, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Psychology 
wheeler@rmu.edu
412-397-5413

General Psychology: 
Stephen T. Paul, Ph.D. 
Professor of Psychology 
paul@rmu.edu
412-397-5416

4-Year Course Plan (Clinical-Sport)

Freshman Year, Fall

  • PSYC1010 GENERAL PSYCH
  • INFS1020 Fund of Info Technology
  • HIST/POLS Hist/Pol Sc Core Course
  • CSEN1020 Argument & Research
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art & Music

Freshman Year, Spring

  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology
  • MATH1050 Math Reasoning/Apps or higher
  • CSCM1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion
  • PSYC2800 APPLIED PSYCH

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • Science Elective
  • Professional Commun in Work CSCM2040
  • HUMAN GROWTH & DEV PSYC3550
  • Literature Elective
  • SOCIAL PSYC PSYC3600

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • Statistics STAT2110
  • Intercultural Communications CSCM2050
  • PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCH PSYC3200
  • COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY PSYC3450
  • ABNORMAL PSYCH PSYC3700

Junior Year, Fall

  • PSYC3580 PERSONALITY PSYCH
  • PSYC3450 SENSATION & PERCEPTION
  • PSYC3870 Psych of Sport
  • PSYC3810 Industrial Psychology
  • Open Elective

Junior Year, Spring

  • PSYC3755 CLINICAL PSYCH: SCI, PRAC, ETH
  • PSYC3100 Methods in Beha Research
  • PSYC3880 Exercise & Health Psych
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Senior Year, Fall

  • PSYC4833 PSYC THESIS I
  • PSYC4813 PSYC PRACTICUM
  • PSYC3760 Foundations of Counseling
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Senior Year, Spring

  • SOCI3250 Sociology of Sport
  • PSYC4843 PSYC Thesis II
  • SPMG3320 Sport Coaching
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective
Practicum Information

All traditional undergraduate students majoring in the social sciences must complete a practicum their senior year. This involves 120 hours of documented experience at an internship related to the student's field that has been pre-approved by the student's faculty mentor and the department head.

Participation in professional activities allows students to experience the work environment in their chosen field, make informed career choices, and enhance their employment credentials. These experiences reinforce the connection between professional and liberal learning through the application of classroom theories to actual occupational problems. 

Completing the practicum involves keeping a journal with daily entries and weekly reflections and a timesheet signed by the supervisor and writing a 12-page paper comparing and contrasting their experiences in the practicum with the theories and information presented in the social sciences coursework which was completed at RMU. It should also explain why the site was selected for the practicum and give any recommendations for future social sciences students about the practicum experience.

More details are available here.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Abnormal Psychology
Methods in Behavioral Research
Psychological Assessment
Major Credits
60
Psychology, Statistics
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
21

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