PSYCHOLOGY

Explore the Human Mind with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

Earn a psychology degree at Loras and graduate with a solid foundation in holistic psychological study. Gain rich experiential learning through real-world internships and research labs where you can put your knowledge to work in understanding the human experience.

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Student Experience

As a psychology major, your participation drives your educational experience. Raise a virtual child, produce video role-plays on various disorders, design and conduct original research into group behavior, host brain awareness activities for local school children – and more. As a part of this program, you will have opportunities to study abroad and present your own academic research locally or regionally.

Student Learning Outcomes

 

Student Learning Outcomes – Psychology
1. Demonstrate a knowledge of psychological concepts & theories
2. Exercise critical thinking skills applied to scientific methods relevant to psychology.
3. Apply ethical standards to evaluate science/practice
4. Demonstrate scientific writing, using APA style.
5. Deliver effective presentations of information.
6. Apply psychology to career goals

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Psychology degree program is designed to incite and educate the student in the study of the mind. The curriculum contains a mixture of lecture, experiential learning, field education and research practice.

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Below is a sampling of courses from the Bachelor of Psychology curriculum:

Psychology of Stress
This course will introduce students to theories and principles related to the sources and effects of stress. Students will learn about different sources of stress and anxiety and how physiological systems are affected by stress. As part of the course, all students will spend one weekend off campus on a two-day silent retreat and will attend presentations outside of the regularly scheduled class times. There will be an additional course fee to cover costs of the retreat and special instructors.

Brain and Behavior
The goal of this course is to give students a comprehensive overview and understanding of the anatomy, physiology and function of the brain. After understanding the basics of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology students will apply that understanding to psychological topics including motivation, emotion, learning, memory movement, sleep, and sensory processes.

Culture & Psychopathology
The course material considers mental illness categories in light of the influence of culture on the diagnosis, course and prognosis. Foundational concepts include a consideration of mind/body dualism, the concepts of self and the phenomenon of resilience. The foundational concepts provide a cultural lens for understanding the broader culture of “mental illness” as it occurs around the world.

Personality and Social Psychology
This course is designed to be an introduction to the scientific study of social and personality psychology for psychology majors. Students will survey major theories in personality and social psychology. They will critically evaluate the results, conclusions, and methods of social psychological research. Topics may include: social cognition social influence, prejudice, aggression, altruism, and group dynamics.

Positive Psychology
Students will examine a variety of human strengths such as love, empathy, and happiness and will explore the factors that influence each strength’s development and expression in their lives.

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Major & Minor Requirements

Psychology students will complete the following requirements in order to achieve a major or minor in Psychology.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the major in Psychology (B.A.):

Req Course Cr’s
1 Introductory Psychology 3
2 Research Methods & Statistics I 4
3 Research Methods & Statistics II 4
4 Physiological Psychology 3
Select one from Req 5
5 Sensation & Perception 3
5 Learning & Cognition 3
5 Motivation & Emotion 3
Select two from Req 6
6 Developmental Psychology 3
6 Abnormal Psychology 3
6 Social Psychology 3
6 Personality-AI 3
7 Elective 3
8 Elective 3
9 Elective 3
10 Senior Seminar & Portfolio-PJ 3
11 Comprehensive Examination 0
35 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in Psychology:

Req Course Cr’s
1 Introductory Psychology 3
Select one from Req 2
2 Sensation and Perception 3
2 Physiological Psychology 3
2 Learning & Cognition 3
2 Motivation & Emotion 3
Select one from Req 3
3 Developmental Psychology 3
3 Abnormal Psychology 3
3 Social Psychology 3
3 Personality-AI 3
4 Elective 3
5 Elective 3
6 Elective 3
18 total required credits

Career Opportunities

“What can I do with a psychology major?”

As a psychology student, you will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers (some may require additional degrees and licensing). Here are some examples:

  • Treat psychiatric patients in a hospital or mental health facility
  • Become a school counselor
  • Work out of a private psychiatric or counseling practice
  • Serve inmates and staff in a correctional facility
  • Treat people with substance abuse issues or eating disorders
  • Research and document psychological trends or phenomena

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to earn my degree?

Most students earn their undergraduate degree in four years or less. If you have questions about transferring any previously earned credits or degrees, please see our Transfer Student Information.

How much is tuition?

Loras is consistently ranked as one of the best universities for return on investment. See our Tuition and Fees.

Is financial aid available?

Yes! 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. Don’t forget to submit your federal FAFSA and visit loras.edu/financial-aid for more information and scholarship opportunities.

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– Emma McLaughlin (’21)

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Meet Our Professors

Lisa Grinde, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
563.588.7113 | Lisa.Grinde@loras.edu
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Mary Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Psychology
563.588.7228 | Mary.Johnson@loras.edu

Dr. Johnson earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa, with a research background in gender studies and burnout among healthcare workers. She is interested in all aspects of psychology, and mental health issues in particular.

Jake Kurczek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
563.588.7045 | jake.kurczek@loras.edu
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Kirstin Lauritsen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
563-588-7228 | kirstin.lauritsen@loras.edu
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Julia Omarzu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
563.588.7524 | Julia.Omarzu@loras.edu
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David Paine, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
563.588.7226 | david.paine@loras.edu
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Steffanie Schilder, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Program Director
563.588.7783 | steffanie.schilder@loras.edu
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