Our psychology major 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.
Students also have the opportunity to choose concentrations of study in the following areas:
Psychology of religion and spirituality
Courses & Topics
Our courses are designed to prepare students for continued study at the graduate level as clinicians and scholars.
You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and classes in the psychology major. Courses include:
Theories of Personality
Children's Play: Psychological Aspects
Happiness, Well-Being and Human Strengths
Psychology of Diversity
Psychology of Gender
Psychology of Evil and Human Destructiveness
Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom
Learn from faculty who have worked in various areas of psychology and had their research published in many scholarly journals.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Following 15 years of research on young girls' experiences in schools, Britney Brinkman, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Point Park University, has published "Girls’ Identities and Experiences of Oppression in Schools: Resilience, Resistance, and Transformation," a book that explores "the ways in which girls and adults in school systems hold multiple realities, negotiate tensions, cultivate hope and resilience, resist oppression and envision transformation."
Monday, March 7, 2022
"Our program brings sophisticated theoretical lenses to problems of mental health so that we can recognize contextual factors. They are easy to miss, because we see people, not their situations. Yet, people never exist outside of a situation. If we miss the social and cultural context, we will too easily stigmatize people."
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
"The Mobile Thriving Respite adds immense value to the education I am receiving at Point Park. My involvement allows me to see what I am learning and problematizing in classes represented in real-world scenarios. This extends my education far beyond the classroom and aids in preparing me for the professional world."