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Psychology Degree

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Pictured is Melissa Bender, psychology alumna, occupational therapist, yoga instructor and fitness blogger. | Photo by Chris Rolinson Psychology alumna Melissa Bender excels as an occupational therapist, yoga instructor and blogger.

Study Psychology at Pittsburgh's Only Downtown University

Our psychology major offers rigorous study of human science psychology that includes existential, cross-cultural, depth psychology and post-structuralist theories.

At Point Park University, we encourage critical and holistic thinking in order to respectfully address the diverse and unique lived experiences of children and adults, and foster activist perspectives that enhance the well-being of persons and their communities.

Courses are designed to prepare students for continued study at the graduate level as clinicians and scholars. Students also have the opportunity to choose concentrations of study such as counseling or child development.

Our psychology majors have opportunities to work with faculty on original research and publish their work in professional journals. They also participate in internships and practicums at local agencies, many of which are within walking distance of campus.

Psychology Degree Courses

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the psychology major. Some of the courses in the Bachelor of Arts in psychology program include:

  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Children's Play: Psychological Aspects
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Happiness, Well-Being and Human Strengths

Alumni Profiles

Pictured is psychology alumnus Nick Williams, program director at Western Psychiatric Institute.
Psychology alumnus Nick Williams, Ph.D., is promoted to program director at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

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Pictured is psychology alumna Veronika Pangiotou
Point Park's psychology program prepared alumna Veronika Panagiotou for graduate school.

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the program guide and School of Arts and Sciences course descriptions.

Psychology-Related Student Group

Interested in joining a psychology-related club? Check out the Confluence Psychology Alliance and the Undergraduate Research Conference the club hosts at Point Park each year.

Psychology Internships

Students in the psychology major have access to a variety of internship opportunities including:

  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  • Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • AHEADD Achieving in Higher Education
  • Mercy Behavioral Health
  • Freedom Center
  • Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
  • The Icarus Project
  • Operation Better Block
  • Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh
  • The Project to End Human Trafficking
  • Secret Angel L
  • The Bradley Center

Careers in Psychology

With a bachelor's degree in psychology, students are well-prepared for continued study at the graduate level or to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • Advocate
  • Administrator
  • Case Manager
  • Clinician
  • Licensed Counselor
  • Social, Market, or Data Researcher
  • Therapist
  • Therapeutic Support Specialist

Our Psychology Alumni in Graduate School

Alumni of Point Park's psychology degree program have gone on to complete graduate school at a variety of schools such as:

  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Duquesne University
  • The University of West Georgia
  • Chatham University
  • Seattle University
  • Carlow University

National Psychology Conference held at Point Park University

The 2012 Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology allowed students to showcase their original research and meet scholars.  Read the web feature and watch the video here: