The psychology (PY) program has seven different options for students to choose from. All of our degrees are designed to prepare students for graduate school, as well as for dynamic careers at the undergraduate level for students who choose not to pursue graduate work or licensure. Most are available to be taken in a fully online format as well as in a traditional daytime format.
The psychology program integrates research-based theories, skills and methods for counseling and psychology with the Christian worldview. This model of integration and application helps students understand the interconnections between academic, career, family, social and spiritual life. All of our degrees help students understand the physical, emotional, social, and personal influences on thought and behavior. Our program also seeks to help people know more about themselves. Because we can’t really understand others until we understand ourselves. Students have opportunities to study animal behavior as well as human behavior, with access to our live-animal lab for research and learning.
The General/Clinical degree in psychology offers a tailored program for students with a variety of interests as well as those who are specifically interested in further graduate studies in psychology, research, or a generalized area of psychology. The degree offers more elective options and includes courses to well prepare students with a broad range of skills in psychology.
Careers in Psychology (undergraduate)
Child protection services, Research assistant, Community action specialist, Human services worker, Program director, Volunteer coordinator, Residential care specialist, Human services ministries, University admissions and recruiting, Behavioral science lab technician, Psychiatric services technician, Mental health program director, Mental health liaison, Case management, Veteran’s services coordinator, Mental health associate, Family services specialist, Residential services coordinator, Psychological services program assistant, Accommodations coordinator, Student support services, Behavioral science lab assistant, Behavioral interventionist, Psychometrist
The practice of counseling is built upon the foundation of psychology. The counseling psychology degree include a valuable set of core psychology courses and a set of counseling courses that help prepare students for careers in counseling, psychology, human services, and some areas of ministry. This degree is also a good choice for students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in counseling or marriage and family therapy.
Careers in Counseling Psychology
Child protection services, Community action specialist, Disability support coordinator, Human resources assistant, Case manager, Mental health program director, Family support liaison, Veteran’s services coordinator, Human services ministry, Counseling services assistant, Mental health records specialist, Behavioral interventionist, Residential care specialist, Human services worker, Program director, Volunteer coordinator, Residential care specialist, Human services ministries, Guidance specialist
The degree in Forensic Psychology will provide students with the core set of education and skills common to an undergraduate degree in psychology. It is specifically designed for students who desire to work in areas of law enforcements, legal systems, or with rehabilitation and correction juvenile and adult offenders. The degree includes a selection of courses in criminal justice to provide students with knowledge in the area of forensics and criminal justice areas to apply to the core psychology learned in the program.
Careers in forensic Psychology (undergraduate)
Correctional officer, Law enforcement officer, Juvenile detention officer, Forensic examiner assistant, Law enforcement department specialist, Criminal advocate, Probation counselor, Victim advocate, Youth prevention worker, Community services specialist, Community relations officer, Administrative investigator, Judicial affairs coordinator
Health and Rehabilitation Psychology
This degree is the core degree for students interested in working in psychology areas of health and rehabilitation. It combines studies in areas of psychology with additional science requirements to give students a well-rounded knowledge of both the mind and body and how they work together.
Careers in Health and Rehabilitation Psychology (undergraduate)
Medical testing associate, Rehabilitation therapy assistant, Peer specialist, Clinical liaison, Weight management, Allied health management, Substance abuse and addictions services, Patient services representative, Child development specialist, Family support coordinator; Health policy analyst, Behavior resource specialist, Disability employment coordinator, Health technician, Life and health coach
Students interested in pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy should choose the Pre-Occupational Therapy option.
Health and Rehabilitation Psychology (pre-occupational therapy)
Students completing the pre-occupational therapy option earn a degree in Health and Rehabilitation Psychology with required higher levels of math and science and a focused internship experience. This degree was designed following a thorough review of entrance requirements to graduate programs in Occupational Therapy both in and out of the state of Alabama. Students are encouraged to consult with graduate programs to which they are interested in applying to assure all requirements of a specific program are met through the degree at Faulkner.
Careers paths with a degree in Health and Rehabilitation Psychology (Pre-occupational therapy focus)
This degree will prepare students for a career in health and rehabilitation fields and may qualify a student for an entry-levle career as an Occupational therapy assistant or aide (verify your state’s requirements). It is specifically designed however to prepare students to pursue a graduate degree and eventual licensure as an Occupational Therapist. Some students may wish to pursue this more advanced option in Health and Rehabilitation Psychology for other career interests as well.
Industrial / Organizational Psychology involves the study of people in businesses, organizations, and other human systems. It also includes the study of psychology applied to areas of business that involve people and behavior such as marketing, sales, and human relations. The degree in I/O Psychology is a psychology degree with a set of business related courses. The degree includes courses to prepare students for graduate school, or a career in business related psychology after graduation.
Careers in I/O Psychology
Sales, Marketing, Organization / Center director, Advertising agent, Management, Media specialist, Employment counselor, Administrative specialist, Customer and public relations specialist, Staff development specialist, Insurance agent / Claims specialist, Organizational support assistant, Center supervisor, Diversity officer, Community relations officer, Staff development officer, Fundraising specialist, Career analyst, Consumer behavior analyst
Health, exercise, motivation, team dynamics, and other areas of applied sports practice have psychology as their foundation. Therefore, sports psychology is a good choice for student athletes who are interested in an academically rigorous program of study that includes sports and fitness related focus. Sports psychology is also a good choice for students interested in some areas of rehabilitation, motivation, or activities in organizations that serve the mentally ill, defiant and criminal populations, and physical activities for the elderly.
Careers in Sports Psychology (undergraduate)
Team assistants, Coach / Asst. Coach, Athletic program consultant, Nursing home activities director, Juvenile rehabilitation activities coordinator, Disability activities coordinator, Wellness program coordinator, Insurance risk management specialist, Health rehabilitation assistant, Parks and recreation director, Exercise science program assistant, Athletic trainer, Program director, Performance specialist, Fitness instructor, Youth development specialist
The Psychology Club is housed in the Behavioral Science department and is open to all psychology and counseling majors. It is an academic based club, but offers academic and service related social interactions among majors in Behavioral Sciences as well. The Psychology Club meets on a regular basis to accomplish the goals and purposes of the club and to encourage students to excel and contribute to their disciplines.
Specifically, the Psychology Club’s purposes are:
- To allow students, faculty, and professionals additional opportunities to network in the field of psychology and behavioral sciences.
- To serve as a means for keeping students abreast of new information including research, career issues, and other trends the field.
- To encourage participation in service to others in the community, University, and other avenues related to the field.
- To provide additional opportunities for growth and education including research opportunities, seminars, and other learning experiences in the field.
- To promote integration of biblical principles and Christian world-views applied to the behavioral science disciplines.
The Psychology Club is led by faculty advisors Dr. Guy Renfro, Ms. Jo Anne Waters, and several elected student leaders.
For more information on Faulkner University’s Psychology Club, contact one of the department representatives.
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Psi-Chi Honor Society
Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 with a mission to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. Students who major or minor in psychology at Faulkner and meet certain GPA, class rank, and other requirements are eligible to apply for lifetime membership in the honor society through the Faulkner Chapter. For more information, visit the Psi-Chi website at: http://www.psichi.org.
Faulkner’s Psi-Chi chapter is led by Dr. James C. Guy (faculty advisor), and student leaders elected annually.
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Helpful Psychology Links
- Psi Chi Honor Society: http://www.psichi.org/
- Amercian Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/
- Psychology Careers: http://www.psychologydegrees.org/careers
- Counseling Careers: http://www.counselingdegreesonline.org/careers-in-counseling