Ave Maria University
Explore the relation between the psychological theories of human action, mental processes and behavior and how these fit into our understanding of the human person in the perennial philosophy and Catholic theology. Develop an understanding of research methodology within the field of psychology to prepare for graduate and professional study in a number of disciplines. High-achieving students will be expected to conduct original research and provide detailed and reflective analysis.
Careers: Marriage and family therapist; mental health counselor; school psychologist; psychology or sociology teacher
A psychology degree from AMU will prepare you for a career in academics, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling or psychology. You’ll also gain research, problem-solving and interpersonal skills that will help you in any career.
Fast Fact: Psychology is one of the most popular majors at AMU.
Have you ever wondered about human nature and asked yourself, who are we, why do we act as we do, how do we change over time, what makes us unique? Are we personal subjects (minds) or objects (bodies)? Are our actions freely chosen or determined? Are we governed by reason or emotion? Are we influenced more by heredity (nature) or environment (nurture)? Is the difference between humans and animals merely quantitative or truly qualitative? Is human nature basically good or basically evil? Are we limited by our past or called by our future?
Do you like to solve problems or analyze data? Do you enjoy helping people? Are you fascinated by human thoughts, emotions and behaviors? Would you like to prepare for a career in mental health, such as psychology, counseling, social work or marriage and family therapy? Or might you wish to develop skills in pursuit of a related career, such as human services, health care, education, business or law?
If any of this sounds interesting to you, consider becoming a psychology major at Ave Maria University!
Education: B.A., Psychology & Theology, Franciscan University; M.A., Psychology, Duquesne University; M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Office: Prince 106
Phone: (239) 280-1665
Education: B.A., Political Science & Spanish, Wellesley College; M.B.A., Marketing, Washington University; M.S., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology; Ph.D. (candidate), Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Office: Henkels 2030
Phone: (239) 304-7128
Education: B.S., Psychology, Southern Nazarene University; M.Psy., Psychology, University of Dallas; M.S., Psychology, Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., Psychology, Oklahoma State University
Office: Prince 110
Phone: (239) 280-1552
Education: B.A., Psychology, Indiana University; Ph.D., Education, Stanford University
Office: Prince 108
Phone: (239) 304-7930
The following internship opportunities are available for psychology majors:
Catholic Charities of Collier County: Family Resource Center (Direct Assistance Program)
Community Pregnancy Clinics: Unplanned Pregnancy Services
David Lawrence Centers: Crossroads Addiction and Recovery Services
David Lawrence Centers: Prevention Education Program
Naples Equestrian Challenge: Equine-Assisted Therapy
Please visit O*NET Online for detailed information on occupations in psychology and related fields:
PSYC 201 Principles and Methods of Psychology
PSYC 205 Foundations of Psychology as a Human Science
PSYC 301 Human Development and Learning
PSYC 317 Psychopathology
2 Psychology Electives (8 credits)
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The spiritual life on campus is the beating heart of Ave. Whether it’s attending Mass, receiving the sacraments, participating in retreats or getting spiritual direction, you’ll find the spiritual support you need from the priests and staff of Campus Ministry.
With AMU’s core curriculum, you’ll not only achieve breadth of knowledge, but also depth of knowledge. You’ll encounter the truth about God and His creation more completely through the dynamic interplay of all of the liberal arts, including theology and natural science.
Sunny skies, warm temperatures, a beautiful campus. What more could you want? How about a community-like atmosphere, quality instructors who care about your success, a wealth of spiritual activities, expert career guidance… and that’s only the beginning. Imagine your future at AMU. It all starts by filling out our free application today.