The Psychology program seeks to acquire and impart knowledge about the human psyche in terms of both mental processes and human action. To impart this knowledge, the program grounds students in the foundational areas and methodologies proper to the discipline of psychology. Recognizing the overall unity of truth, the study of psychology is carried out in conversation with philosophical and theological insights into the human person. Teachers and students reflect on the relation between the theories of human action and behavior as hitherto developed by psychology and the understanding of the human person in the perennial philosophy and Catholic theology: philosophical wisdom provides a normative standard of judgment concerning the human person; theology completes this wisdom in an explicitly Christ-centered vision. Students develop an understanding of research methodology within the field of psychology to prepare for graduate and professional study in a number of disciplines. The Psychology program curriculum prepares students for professional and graduate study in psychology. High-achieving students will be expected to conduct original research and provide detailed and reflective analysis.
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Have you ever wondered about human nature—who we are, why we act as we do, how we change over time, and what makes us unique? Am I a personal subject (a mind) or merely an object (a body)? Are our actions freely chosen or determined? Are we governed more 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 in education, business, law, health care, or human services?
If any of this sounds interesting to you, you may wish to join us as a Psychology major at Ave Maria University!
1. Psychology is one of the largest majors at Ave Maria University, with nearly 90 declared majors.
2. Psychology Senior Internships are in place with Catholic Charities, the David Lawrence Center (community mental health), and St. Matthew’s House (homelessness recovery), and additional affiliations are being developed.
3. Students interested in Sport Psychology have had the opportunity to meet with sport psychology staff of the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins during Spring Training baseball in the Florida Grapefruit League.
In addition to the core curriculum, psychology majors take the following courses
PSYC 201 Principles and Methods of Psychology
PSYC 205 Foundations of Psychology as a Human Science
PSYC 230 Statistics for the Social Sciences
PSYC 301 Human Development and Learning
PSYC 305 Research Methods and Design
PSYC 317 Psychopathology
PSYC 425 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 490 History & Systems of Psychology: Senior Seminar
PSYC 302 Educational Psychology
PSYC 310 Introduction to Counseling and Personality Theories
PSYC 320 Social Psychology
PSYC 350 Health Psychology
PSYC 360 Evaluation and Testing
PSYC 409 Christian Marriage
PSYC 415 Special Topics in Psychology
PSYC 495 Senior Internship
PSYC 497 Directed Research in Psychology
See the Academic Catalog for course descriptions
The following internship opportunities are currently in place for Psychology majors:
Catholic Charities of Collier County: Direct Assistance program
David Lawrence Center: Crossroads Residential Treatment program
St. Matthew’s House: Structured Recovery program and Justin’s Place Recovery programs
Please visit O*Net OnLine for detailed information on occupations in psychology and related fields: