Valparaiso University’s psychology department offers a comprehensive program of study that introduces all students to the tools and techniques used by experimental, clinical, and applied psychologists.
Broad, Flexible, and Comprehensive
Built on a solid foundation of statistical and research methods, these flexible plans of study allow students to tailor their studies to their own interests and career goals. The department encourages students to integrate their other interests with their study of psychology. The degree programs prepare graduates for careers in psychology — or any of the vast array of professions in which methods of analyzing and understanding human behavior are helpful. Key skills graduates develop include:
- Designing studies to test a given hypothesis
- Collecting data about human subjects
- Analyzing statistical and qualitative data
- Communications and interpersonal skills
Learning to Experiment
As a science, psychology is an ever-evolving, dynamic field. At Valpo, students don’t simply learn about scientific advances; they participate in them. The research program gives students access to excellent laboratory facilities and the mentorship of a dedicated teaching faculty. Psychology students often present research at professional conferences, and Valpo professors frequently co-author research studies with students. Alumni report that such research opportunities help them advance in their professional settings.
Learning to Serve
Outstanding faculty offer students a wealth of expertise in a variety of areas, and relationships with local agencies and businesses ensure that Valpo students can gain solid practical experiences in workplaces that employ psychologists. With support and guidance of faculty and field supervisors, Valpo students have worked with individuals challenged by developmental and emotional issues; criminal offenders; survivors of abuse; and various other populations. In addition to clinical applications, we offer courses in the following areas of applied psychology:
- Environmental psychology
- Industrial/organizational psychology
- Psychology and law