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
- 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.
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 »