Create meaningful change with a BA in Psychology from Carlow University.
Become a psychology professional with purpose
Develop a scientific approach to the study of human behavior and experience in Carlow University’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. As a psychology major, you will gain an understanding of research methodology and critical analysis of current findings in a variety of fields of psychology, such as clinical counseling, developmental, cognitive, social, and experimental psychology.
Participate in an internship at a local facility or conduct field research to learn about your chosen field. By the end of the program, you will be ready to enter training in social service and mental health programs in areas such as therapeutic activities, rehabilitation, casework, child care work, and service coordination.
The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology provides a foundation for graduate study in psychology and counseling.
BA in Psychology Program Highlights
- The program offers three concentrations: counseling, crisis and trauma, and child development.
- Faculty are members of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Psychological Science (APS), Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP), and field-specific societies (e.g., social, cognitive developmental, and community psychology).
- Psychology is a robust department at Carlow with opportunities for graduate studies. In addition to the BA in Psychology, Carlow offers an MS in Professional Counseling, MA in Psychology, MA in Student Affairs, and a PsyD in Counseling Psychology to help you reach all your career goals.
Clara Cheng, PhD, Co-Chair of Undergraduate Psychology, has been working the "flipped classroom" into her curriculum and has been providing a learner-centric model to our students. Read the full Carlow Magazine story here.
Concentration in Counseling
Majoring in psychology and would like to help others? Consider a concentration in counseling. Counselors assist people with personal, family, educational, mental health, substance abuse, and career issues so that they can lead healthier and more productive lives.
This track is designed to acquaint students like you with pre-professional-level counselor training. Please note that graduate-level training is required before becoming a professional counselor.
Concentration in Crisis and Trauma
Studies in the area of crisis and trauma provide a foundational focus ranging from immediate crisis assessment, intervention, and management through more specific issues such as child abuse prevention and treatment and partner violence, as well as investigating the impact of trauma for individuals and families. The concentration in crisis and trauma provides you with a solid foundation in theory and research pertaining to crisis, abuse, and trauma.
Concentration in Child Development
This concentration investigates the biological, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and social factors that shape how humans grow and change. This concentration is helpful if you wish to pursue employment and graduate training in developmental psychology, counseling, and fields in which additional knowledge of children’s growth and development would be helpful.
Ready to pursue your interests and begin helping others? Apply online or request more information.
Careers in Psychology
Our students have secured recent internships with the following employers:
BA in Psychology Faculty Accomplishments
Carlow Psychology Faculty regularly collaborate in research, present, and publish with their undergraduate students. Here are some recent examples (asterisks* denote undergraduate psychology majors, while double asterisks** denote psychology minors):
Wilsey, S. A., *Welty, A. M., Van Wyhe, W. (2016). Community Engagement in a Former Steel Town: The Role of a Living Learning Community. PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement. In Press.
Summary: This study is a program evaluation of an urban living-learning community in Beaver Falls, PA. It is being published in a service-learning journal. Models, such as the one highlighted in this manuscript, can break down these divisions and promote harmony in downtrodden communities, while enhancing college students' civic engagement.
Chung, T., Wilsey, S., *Mykita, A., *Lesgold, E. (2016). Effectiveness of QR Code Scanning for the Child User's Learning in Informal Environments. Paper submitted to the AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction Journal.
Summary: Mobile technology can be used to facilitate student learning in informal settings such as museums and zoos, although the use and learning gains vary by child age and how they interact with adults while learning.
Wilsey, S. A., **Arnold, N. Y., Criado, M. M., *Mykita, A., (2013). Experiential teaching in an adult development course: Promoting an understanding of intergenerational interactions. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 41(2), 82-88.
Summary: Students in a service-learning course at Carlow researched how college students decreased ageist ideas while working with very elderly Pittsburgh residents (some residents were at or approaching 100 years old), while the elders also expressed improved perception of millennials. The research primarily focuses on the ways in which experiential learning can be effective for promoting skills and concepts that are beneficial in the real world.
- Jen Roth, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, has an active research lab studying working memory that involves undergraduate students serving as research assistants and presenting their work at various conferences.
- Pat Jameson, PhD, NBCCH, Associate Professor of Psychology, recognized with a 2017 Sisters of Mercy Excellence in Advising Award.
- Clara Chang, PhD, Co-Chair Undergraduate Psychology Department, has been facilitating a random acts of kindness project called #FeedTheDeed in her Social Psychology course. Through the project students learn about the positive effects of doing good deeds. This project has been featured in the E-xcellence in Teaching blog/ebook and instructors at other universities have adopted it in their classes as well.