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Psychology program at Mount St. Mary's University

Psychology

A major to think about.

Whether it’s helping children overcome behavioral issues, organizing needed social services for communities, or aiding businesses in recognizing customer habits, those with a background in psychology make progress through understanding the human condition.

School of Natural Science and Mathematics

The psychology program is part of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. Our goal as a department is to graduate women and men that are uniquely equipped to provide scientific perspective and solutions to the complex problems facing humanity.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Graduate Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

A Bachelor of Science in psychology degree from the Mount will facilitate your understanding of human behavior, built on a scientific foundation and applied to real-world phenomena and problems.

You will develop core psychological knowledge and skills (e.g., the environmental and biological determinants of normal and abnormal behavior, research methodology and statistics, information literacy, and scientific communication). You will also learn the application of this knowledge during hands-on laboratory-based coursework, conducting your own psychological research capstone project, participating in a community-based internship, and taking specialty elective courses (e.g., stress management and mindfulness or drugs and addiction).

Through teaching and research, our faculty will encourage meaningful interactions with you to prepare for a variety of graduate programs (e.g., clinical, counseling, or preprofessional), as well as careers in and out of psychology (e.g., behavior technician, mental health workers, research assistants, data analysts).

For students primarily interested in the biological mechanisms of behavior, we recommend the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.

For students seeking post-graduate education, the Mount offers a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Questions?

For questions about the psychology major, please contact:

Jonathan Slezak, Ph.D.
Department Chair / Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
slezak@msmary.edu

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Maggie Fiore Mount St. Mary's Class of 2017

I’m thrilled about what the future has in store for me and entirely grateful to the friends and family I've made at the Mount who have given me unyielding support and have gotten me to where I am today.

Maggie Fiore, C'17 Pursuing Master of Arts in science writing, Johns Hopkins University

Where psychology majors go.

In any given year, approximately half of psychology graduates pursue graduate degrees, while the other half directly enter the workforce.

Sample Post-Graduate Education:

  • Master's Program - School Counseling - Hofstra University
  • Master's Program - Occupational Therapy - Tufts University
  • Master's Program - Science Writing - Johns Hopkins University
  • Master's Program - Art Therapy with Counseling - Seton Hill University
  • Master's Program - Marriage and Family Therapy - Virginia Tech
  • Master's Program - Clinical Psychology - Divine Mercy
  • Law School - Baylor University School of Law

Sample Occupations:

  • Mental Health Worker - Shepard Pratt Health
  • Rehabilitation Counselor - Cornerstone Montgomery
  • Neuroscience Researcher - Johns Hopkins University
  • Special Education Paraeducator - Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Data Analyst - RiskSpan
  • Lab Supervisor - Chesapeake Neurology Associates
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor - Case Manager at PA Counseling Services
Top 10% The Mount is in the top 10% of colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the long-term earnings for a four-year college degree.

About the minor.

The Mount’s psychology minor can be a great complement to many majors. Pair the minor with a sociology major and become a social service manager for a community organization, a communication degree to pursue a career in marketing, or a business major to work in fundraising for a nonprofit.

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Meet Our Faculty

Jonathan Slezak

Jonathan Slezak, Ph.D.

Associate Professor / Department Chair

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Minxuan He

Minxuan He, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Angy Kallarackal

Angy Kallarackal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Peter Kearns, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Mindy Korol

Mindy Korol, Ph.D.

Professor

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Amie Severino, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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