Why Study Psychology at IU Southeast?

Have you wondered why people do the things they do? Have you ever wished you could help people experiencing emotional pain? Then maybe you should consider a psychology major.

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Psychological disorders, dreams, attachment in children, genetic influences on intelligence, shyness, eyewitness testimony, neuroscience, sensation & perception - these are just a few of the numerous topics covered in psychology. Although you may find many definitions, psychology is commonly defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

What is Psychology?

Becoming a psychologist means using scientific methods to understand behavior. Psychology is a diverse field with both scientific and professional aspects. As a science, psychology focuses on research: psychologists collect, quantify, analyze and interpret data describing human and animal behavior. As a profession, psychology focuses on the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to solve individual and social problems.

BA (Bachelor of Arts) vs BS (Bachelor of Science)

Whether you choose the BA or BS degree will be dependent upon your career goal. Both the BA and the BS degree prepare you for all areas (clinical, developmental, etc.) of graduate level study in psychology and similar employment opportunities. Which degree is best for you depends upon the graduate program to which you are applying. The BS degree program prepares you for graduate programs which require you to have completed more math and science undergraduate courses. The BS degree may also be of more interest to employers such as laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and human factor labs.

The check sheets in the Social Science office provides a comparison of the courses required for the BA and the BS degree:

BA BS
Some course requirement differences:  
Foreign Language More science courses
Math M118 Math M122
History courses  
Educational opportunities:  
Masters in Social Work Masters in Social Work
Masters in Counseling Masters in Counseling
PsyD PsyD
  Medical School
  Neuroscience
   

Whether the BA or BS is appropriate depends upon the program to which you apply (Start planning for about graduate school early)

Please contact a Psychology faculty member in your area of interest to discuss your career goals and degree options. Contact information may be obtained or appointments made through the School of Social Sciences Office, CV 140, (812) 941-2391.

Sample Four Year Plans

View a sample four year degree plan for a Bachelor of Art in Psychology.

View a sample four year degree plan for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree

34 credit hours in Psychology, including:

Required Courses: P101, P102, P199, P250, P251, and B452

  • Choose ONE from the following group: P325, P326, P329, P335
  • Choose ONE from the following group: B310, P319, P320, B354
  • Choose ONE from the following group: B366, B378, B386, P324, P336, P430

9 hours of psychology electives.

  • Note that only 6 hours (2 courses) from B309, P493, P494, and P495 may be used for completing the requirements for the psychology major.

Total psychology hours credits = 34

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree

Required Courses: P101, P102, P199, P250, P251, B452, and either P493, P495 or P454.

  • Choose THREE from the following group: P325, P326, P329, P335
  • Choose ONE from the following group: B310, P319, P320, B354
  • Choose ONE from the following group: B366, B378, B386, P324, P336, P430

6 hours of psychology electives.

  • Note that only 6 hours (2 courses) from B309, P493, P494, and P495 may be used for completing the requirements for the psychology major.

Total psychology hours credits = 40

Requirements for a Minor in Psychology

18 credit hours, including:

  • P101 Introductory Psychology I
  • P102 Introductory Psychology II
  • Group I: Choose ONE from the following
    • P325 Psychology of Learning
    • P326 Behavioral Neuroscience
    • P329 Sensation and Perception
    • P335 Cognitive Psychology
  • Group II: Choose ONE from the following
    • B310 Life-Span Development
    • P319 Psychology of Personality
    • P320 Social Psychology
    • B354
  • Group III: Choose ONE from the following
    • B378
    • P324
    • P326
    • P430
  • Electives in psychology to total 18 credit hours

Recommended Courses

Especially useful for psychology majors are courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, communications, and writing. No minor is required, but majors should consider course work in other social sciences such as anthropology, sociology, and political science, as well as philosophy.

Please contact any Psychology faculty member or Dana Gohmann or Misti Whitaker to make an appointment for advising, which should be done regularly for practicum, research and graduate school information.

Dana Gohmann
Academic Advisor
School of Social Sciences
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office: Crestview 137
Email: dgohmann@ius.edu

Misti Whitaker
Academic Advisor
School of Social Sciences
Phone:(812) 941-2391
Office: Crestview 135
Email: mdwhitak@ius.edu

Please call the main Social Sciences office at(812) 941-2391 for an appointment.

Advising information for Research Opportunities

Essentially, psychologists are talking about "research" when we plan a way to answer a particular question. In psychology we may be involved in several types of research involving questionnaires, interviews, or experimental equipment. While research can be conducted with either humans or animals, most of the research currently being conducted in the Psychology Department involves humans.

Read more about Research Opportunities »

Advising information for Practicum Opportunities

A practicum or internship is a supervised work experience in your major area. For example, a psychology student may have a practicum at a shelter for the homeless.

Read more about Practicum Opportunities »

Advising information for Getting into Graduate School

Getting into graduate school is a lengthy process that the student should begin to think about as early as possible. There are numerous types of graduate programs available. Each of these programs demand different requirements for potential students. The information here is meant to guide you into thinking about the steps necessary to get into a graduate program. The best advice you can receive is from your academic advisor. As soon as you become aware that you are considering the possibility of graduate school, schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Read more about Getting into Graduate School »

For many students, graduate school is not a part of their plans. Many students want to begin working after they receive their bachelor's degree. Unfortunately, you may have been told "You'll never get a job with a B.A. in Psychology!"

Do B.A.'s in Psychology get jobs after graduation?

Psychology is one of the most popular majors with college students both at IU Southeast and across the country. While many of these students do go on to some type of graduate training program, the majority does not. The remaining students DO get jobs!

What types of jobs are available to psychology majors?

Just about any entry-level position in the mental health field, business, or banking is available. The key to getting a job is to be competent in those skills employers are seeking.

To give you some idea of the type of jobs past psychology majors at IU Southeast have obtained a partial listing is provided. Do not feel constrained by this list as many students have been able to essentially create their own jobs.

  • Caseworker for Debra Corn agency
  • Counselor Lifespring
  • Counselor Jefferson Hospital
  • Personnel director for a hospital
  • Psychological testing for private practice psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Working at sleep lab at local hospital
  • Manager local store
  • Police officer
  • Assistant to local attorney
  • Research assistant to professors at local university

Can I do private practice with a B.A. degree?

While anyone can legally hang up their shingle and provide "counseling" for a fee, an individual with a B.A. degree in psychology cannot call themselves a psychologist or be reimbursed by insurance. In addition, your B.A. degree does not really prepare you for providing psychological testing or therapy. However, many students with a B.A. degree do work under an individual with graduate training in a supervisory relationship at community mental health centers and private hospitals.

What do employers want?

While employers differ, many employers report that they are looking for certain qualities in applicants for entry-level positions.

  • First, they want applicants who can communicate effectively both orally and in a written manner.
  • They also want applicants who can think clearly and apply whatever knowledge they have gained to real-life situations.
  • In addition, they want individuals who can get along with fellow employees, administrators, and customers.

As you can see, most entry-level positions in these fields do not require substantial specialized knowledge. Most employers expect and wish to train their employees according to their own procedures. Employers do expect the skills listed above and RELEVANT job experience. As a psychology major you have already acquired the skills as part of your class requirement.

How can I get RELEVANT job experience?

Many students at IU Southeast work full-time while attending classes. However, these jobs are rarely the type of job the student wishes to pursue after graduation. Psychology students are fortunate in that they have two means of acquiring work experience while earning college credit. Students can participate in research and practicum experiences. Suffice it to say that students are able to acquire the necessary work experience, skills, and recommendations from these experiences to give them the added advantage in later job interviews. In addition, many students have been offered jobs in placement sites at the end of their practicum.

What else can I do?

At IU Southeast, students are fortunate to have an active placement office here on campus. During your junior year, it is wise to make an appointment with a counselor in that office to discuss career-seeking strategies. The placement office can help you prepare a professional resume, hone your interviewing skills, and even help schedule interviews. The personnel in the placement office are trained professionals and will be able to help you present yourself in the best possible light to employers and to help you find those employers. By contacting the placement office during your junior year, you will have time to correct any deficiencies in your skills prior to graduation.

 

Resident

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Bernardo J. Carducci
Professor of Psychology
Director of the Shyness Research Institute
bcarducc@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2295
Office Location: CV 016
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Donna Dahlgren
Professor of Psychology
First Year Seminar Director
ddahlgre@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2682
Office Location: CV 032
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Deborah Finkel
Professor of Psychology
Director, Graduate Liberal Studies Programs
dfinkel@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2668
Office Location: CV 019
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Meghan Kahn
Assistant Professor of Psychology
mckahn@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2174
Office Location: CV 011
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Todd Manson
Assistant Professor of Psychology
tmanson@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2861
Office Location: CV 024
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Robin K. Morgan
Professor of Psychology
Associate Director, Project Syllabus
University Director, Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET)
rmorgan@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2298
Office Location: CV 127
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ValĂ©rie B. Scott
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
International Programs Co-Director
Co-Coordinator of Psychology
vbscott@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2502
Office Location: CV 007
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Diane  E. Wille
Professor of Psychology
Co-Coordinator of Psychology
Dean of Research
dwille@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2300
Office Location: CV 015
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Lucinda Woodward
Assistant Professor of Psychology and International Studies
International Programs Co-Director
Luwoodwa@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2365
Office Location: CV 014
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Visiting

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Robert Lipinski
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
ralipins@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2511
Office Location: CV 0112
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Ashley Ramsey
ashkrams@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2863
Office Location: CV 022
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Rodney Roosevelt
rwroosev@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2890
Office Location: CV 034
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Adjunct

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Terry Burger
tburger@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Michael A. Day
Personal Counselor
micday@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2244
Office Location: US 201
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Linda Greenwell
lbgreenwell@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Liz Heiney
lheiney@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Kimberly Laffollette
kms3@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Amy Lindsey
ajlindse@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Lindse Mitchell-Hurd
lrmitche@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Carissa Shafto
cshafto@iupui.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Leasa Shake Tucker
ltucker@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Anne Brandon Wood
anbwood@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Getting into graduate school is a lengthy process that the student should begin to think about as early as possible. There are numerous types of graduate programs available. Each of these programs demand different requirements for potential students. The information here is meant to guide you into thinking about the steps necessary to get into a graduate program. The best advice you can receive is from your academic advisor. As soon as you become aware that you are considering the possibility of graduate school, schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

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