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Psychology at Clarion offers three majors and one minor for more than 200 students. The department's size offers the perfect combination of courses and services coupled with a family atmosphere that includes active mentoring for students.

"We take interested students under our wing and actively mentor them," says Dr. Randy Potter, chair. The department includes 10 full-time faculty members.

Career options are many for psychology majors, including human services, administration, community relations, program development, research, human resources, public relations, advertising, market research, teaching, retailing, sales and more.

A B.A. and B.S. in Psychology are offered, along with a minor in Psychology.

A new interdisciplinary program is a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology.

Classes are held in the renovated Harvey Hall and features a computer lab and state-of-the art classrooms.

"We have a faculty who care about their teaching, are active innovators in research and service on teaching, and are widely acknowledged as excellent teachers," continues Potter. "Several have been nominated as master teachers, two have served as directors of the Honors Program, and a third has served as the university's advising coordinator."


Students Involved in Research, Applied Experience

Clarion students are involved with research. In one year, for example, students can attend the conferences of the American Psychological Association, Eastern Psychological Association, Cognitive Aging, and the Annual Conference for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning.

Students are encouraged to get applied experience in the field. Many students train through our local domestic violence and rape crisis centers and are also placed in semester-long internships at a variety of sites including the local psychiatric hospital, a partial hospitalization program and an in-home family therapy agency. Students work with juvenile probation, CU Admissions, SAFE, PASSAGES, and Children & Youth Services, etc.

Active student organizations include the  Psychology Club and Psi Chi (the national honorary in psychology). The groups provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about the field and become more involved with the department.  Three scholarships (Eric S. Knotick Memorial Scholarship, Iseli K. Krauss Scholarship, and the Psychology Endowed Scholarship) and research awards are offered annually.

Graduates are very successful getting jobs and going to graduate school. Students have been accepted into Widener University, Brandeis University, University of Pittsburgh, Indiana University, University of Delaware, and many more.

Faculty are active researchers and writers, publishing books on research methods, women's issues, developmental psychology, writing psychology papers, personality, and multicultural therapy.


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