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Major Areas of Study: PSYCHOLOGYPSYCH


Psychology is a science concerned with the study of behavior, brain organization and mental processes. The psychology program at Muskingum University intersects many disciplines, including the biological and social sciences, and provides students the opportunity for study and research in all the major areas of psychological inquiry.


Student Opportunities

Internships

Recent internships for Psychology students include:

  • The Thompkins Child and Adolescent Center
  • Zanesville YMCA
  • Haven of Hope domestic violence shelter
  • Guernsey County Job and Family Services
  • Muskingum County Children Service
  • Muskingum County Health Department
  • Muskingum University Center for Child Development
  • Psychology Department animal cognition laboratory

Research

As a graduation requirement, every psychology major is required to complete an empirically-based senior research seminar.  Some topics in recent years include:

  • Female mate preference and levels of relationship commitment
  • Risk perception and efficacy beliefs as predictors of smoking
  • Gender differences in risk-taking predicted by sexual selection theory
  • Attitudes of college students towards restorative justice
  • Effects of different musical genres on behavior and cognitive ability
  • Effects of misinformation on recall of events in a film
  • Relation of parent career satisfaction to their children's achievement motivation
  • Facial attractiveness and the perception of success and personality
  • Effects of chronic PCP treatment on behavior and brain dopamine levels in rats
  • Media and its effect on body image in adolescents
  • Seasonal affective disorder and personality traits
  • Depression, self-esteem and personality characteristics associated with compulsive buying behavior in college students

Honoraries

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.  Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters located at over 1,000 senior colleges and universities in the USA and Canada. Chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisors. Together they select and induct the members and carry out the goals of the Society.

Employment

The Psychology Department employs 10-12 students per year as department assistants. These students assist department faculty members with course activities and research projects.  In addition, student assistants help with laboratory and animal colony maintenance.

Professional Activities

Students attend professional conferences with faculty and have co-authored papers with them at the annual meetings of the Midwestern Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development and the Society for Neuroscience.  Every year our students have the opportunity to present their own research at the Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Conference.

After Graduation

Career Possibilities for Psychology Majors

  • Community Mental Health
  • Human Services
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Law
  • Business/Industry

Recent graduates are:

  • Case workers for human service organizations
  • Community mental health counselors
  • Pursuing careers in teaching, business and management

Graduate Programs

Recent Psychology graduates have enrolled in the following graduate and professional schools:

  • Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ohio University Program in Clinical Psychology
  • University of Cincinnati Program in Neuroscience
  • University of Akron Program in Counseling
  • University of Akron Public Affairs Program
  • Case Western Reserve University Program in Social Work
  • Kent State University MBA Program
  • Northern Illinois University Marriage and Family Counseling Program
  • Xavier University Psychology Program
  • Bowling Green State University Program in Organizational Behavior
  • Ohio University Program in Student Personnel Administration
  • New York University Program in International Development
  • Walsh University School Counseling Program


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