Our psychology program offers rigorous study of human science psychology that includes existential, cross-cultural, depth psychology and post-structuralist theories.
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.
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 alumnus Nick Williams, Ph.D., is promoted to program director at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
Point Park's psychology program prepared alumna Veronika Panagiotou for graduate school.
You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in your major. Some of the courses in the psychology program include:
- Theories of Personality
- Abnormal Psychology
- Children's Play: Psychological Aspects
- Counseling Practicum
- Happiness, Well-Being and Human Strengths
Students in the psychology program 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
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:
- Case Manager
- Licensed Counselor
- Social, Market, or Data Researcher
- Therapeutic Support Specialist
Alumni of Point Park's psychology program have gone on to complete graduate school at:
- Chicago School of Professional Psychology
- Duquesne University
- The University of West Georgia
- Chatham University
- Seattle University
- Carlow University
Faculty in the Media
Psychology professors Sharna Olfman, Ph.D., and Brent Dean Robbins, Ph.D., discussed their book, Drugging Our Children, on WESA 90.5, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station, Sept. 2012. Listen to the segment here.
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 feature and watch the video: