Valpo’s psychology department offers a number of degree programs tailored to fit individual needs. Each degree program introduces students to statistical and experimental methods, along with the major branches of the discipline. Hands-on research experience is required of every major; courses with laboratory components, research assistantships, and independent research projects are all available.

In electives, students may focus their interest in particular areas, and the department encourages students to supplement their study of psychology with work in related disciplines. Helping students integrate psychology with their interest in other fields is a priority. A capstone course that integrates the knowledge and growth the student has acquired through the major is recommended for all majors, and outstanding students are encouraged to write honors theses.

Majors in Psychology

This degree offers a broad background in psychology to students pursuing a second major or minor in any discipline, including arts, humanities, and social sciences. It requires 27 credit hours of coursework. Degree Requirements»
This degree, designed for students who pursue a second major in a scientific discipline (qualifying disciplines include astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geography, mathematics, meteorology, and physics), is a popular choice among students who plan to pursue careers in the health professions.  Degree Requirements»
Students pursuing this degree must declare one of the following:
  • A second major in a non-science discipline;
  • The 32-credit complementary major in environmental science;
  • A disciplinary science minor (qualifying disciplines include astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geography, mathematics, meteorology, and physics); or
  • A minor in fundamentals of business, business administration, applied statistics, engineering, or geographic information systems.

Degree Requirements»

This degree option, often chosen by students who plan to pursue graduate study or careers in psychology, offers rigorous training and provides a solid background in the major areas of the discipline. It does not require the student to have any minor or second major. Degree Requirements »

Early-Entry M.A Program

Well-qualified students may apply for early entry into the Valparaiso University M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and complete up to twelve credits of graduate coursework toward the degree during their senior year. More about the early-entry option »

Pre-Medical Arts Program

A major in psychology is an appropriate preparation for admission into professional schools and programs in medicine, dentistry, hospital administration, medical technology, optometry, osteopathy, physical therapy, podiatry, public health, veterinary medicine, and other allied health fields. More about Pre-Medical Arts Programs »

Learning through Experience

Psychology students have a rich variety of opportunities for hands-on learning through laboratory research, internships and co-op placements, outreach work in the local community, and mentoring fellow students. More about Experiential Learning »