Psychology Program| Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Psychology

    Now with separate tracks for clinical or experimental psychological pursuits 

    Why do we do the things we do? Why do we love? Hate? Cry? Laugh? What makes us who we are? What drives us? What makes us brave? What makes us afraid? What wounds us? And why do some wounds never seem to heal? The “how” and “why” of human behavior is the core of what you’ll study as a psychology major at Franciscan University.

    At Franciscan, you’ll learn how the human mind works. You’ll learn how your mind works. You’ll learn how the body, mind, and spirit work together to shape a person’s life and character, decisions and reactions. And you’ll learn just how deep of a mystery the human person is.

    Your professors at Franciscan are experts in their field, with both academic and clinical knowledge of the practice of psychology. In their classes, you will learn to analyze human behavior as well psychological theory from a scientific standpoint.

    At the same time, your professors will bring you to a deeper appreciation of the God-given dignity and uniqueness of every individual. At the heart of Franciscan’s Psychology Program is a respect for the human person, and an understanding of men and women as children of God, made in His image and likeness.

    Two Tracks

    1. The clinical track prepares you to pursue a master’s degree and become a licensed therapist. Courses provide a solid foundation for you to prepare for a career in counseling, or simply to have an understanding of “people skills” that augment a second major.
    2. The experimental track is for students who wish to pursue their doctorate in the field. This track features more courses in research methods and ethics to reflect the greater importance of these skills in the pursuit of a Ph.D.

    But with either track, you also have the opportunity to apply what you’re learning in the classroom to personal, social, and organizational issues—seeing how theory translates to reality. You’ll study the breadth of psychology and the many ways it can be applied, weighing and assessing the different values that underlie and define the practice of the discipline. And you’ll come to a deeper awareness of yourself—of how your own attitudes and behaviors affect the decisions you make and the reactions you experience, as well as the way you interact with others.

    In addition to 33 credit hours of coursework in your psychology track, you will also be required to take courses in Anatomy and Physiology (6 credit hours), Finite Math (3 credit hours), and 6 credit hours of an intermediate foreign language. In your fourth year of study, in addition to completing a senior thesis or senior seminar, you will need to complete 150 practicum hours by doing an internship in a research or clinical setting.

    By the time you graduate, you will better understand both yourself and the people who cross your path each day. You will have a greater appreciation for the mystery and dignity of the human person. And you will have the academic and practical background you need for advanced studies in fields such as clinical and counseling psychology, university research, teaching, vocational and educational guidance, and organizational psychology.