Psychology

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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.

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THRIVE AS YOU HELP OTHERS

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.

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Skills You will Gain

1. Interpersonal skills. Learn how to listen to, and empathize with, people struggling with emotional, psychological or behavioral issues. Work with them to find solutions to their problems.

2. Research and critical thinking skills. Write research papers that involve delving deeper into psychology topics and learn how to compare different theories and approaches to mental and behavioral health.

3. Understand how your own mind works. Gain insight into your mindset, emotions and anxieties. Recognition of our individual psychological struggles, big or small, is a necessary step toward personal wholeness.

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Professor of Psychology

Email:

keith.houde@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1665

Office:

Prince 106

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Assistant Professor of Business & Psychology

Email:

mary.hunt@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7128

Office:

Henkels 2030

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Chair of the Psychology Department, Associate Professor of Psychology

Email:

stefanie.morris@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1552

Office:

Prince 107

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Assistant Professor of Psychology

Email:

timothy.reilly@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7930

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Prince 108

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FAST FACTS

  • Psychology is one of the largest majors at Ave Maria University.
  • Psychology Senior Internships are available through: Catholic Charities of Collier County; the David Lawrence Center (community mental health addiction recovery and prevention education); community pregnancy clinics; and Naples Equestrian Challenge (equine-assisted therapy). Additional affiliations are being developed.
  • Students interested in sport psychology have had the opportunity to meet with sport psychology staff members with the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins during baseball spring training baseball in the Florida Grapefruit League.

INTERNSHIPS & CAREERS

INTERNSHIPS:

The following internship opportunities are available for psychology majors:

Catholic Charities of Collier County: Family Resource Center (Direct Assistance Program)

https://catholiccharitiesdov.org/charities/catholic-charities-collier-county/

Community Pregnancy Clinics: Unplanned Pregnancy Services

community4life.com

David Lawrence Centers: Crossroads Addiction and Recovery Services

crossroadsnaples.org

David Lawrence Centers: Prevention Education Program

https://davidlawrencecenters.org

Naples Equestrian Challenge: Equine-Assisted Therapy

naplesequestrianchallenge.org

CAREERS:

Please visit O*NET Online for detailed information on occupations in psychology and related fields:

www.onetonline.org/find/quick?s=Psychologist

REQUIRED COURSES

Required Core Courses in the Natural Sciences

BIOL 201 and BIOL 202; or BIOL 211 and BIOL 212; or BIOL 304 and BIOL 309 (or approved equivalents)

Required Courses for the Major

PSYC 201 Principles and Methods of Psychology

PSYC 205 Foundations of Psychology as a Human Science

PSYC 230 Applied Statistics for Psychology

PSYC 301 Human Development and Learning

PSYC 305 Research Methods and Design

PSYC 317 Psychopathology

PSYC 425 Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 490 History and Systems of Psychology: Senior Seminar

Elective Major Courses (three required)

Minor in Psychology

The Minor in Psychology requires PSYC 201, PSYC 205, PSYC 301, PSYC 317, and two Psychology electives.

DEPARTMENTAL MESSAGE

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!

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