Welcome to the Psychology Program at OCU!
Wonder why people make the choices they make or behave the way that they do?
Have an interest in helping people in the workplace, on the athletic field/court, in a school, in a hospital, or in a mental health facility?
Want to have the skills that employers and graduate programs look for?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then a degree in psychology may be for you! We offer a Bachelor of Science degree and minor in psychology. Our program emulates the guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association. Students in our program will develop a strong academic training in psychology through smaller, interactive classes, hands-on learning experiences, opportunities to work and present with faculty on research as an undergraduate, and the unique opportunity for you as an undergraduate to be guaranteed a semester long internship gaining real world professional experience. Our curriculum and these opportunities will help you to develop solid critical thinking skills, oral and written communication skills, quantitative reasoning skills, and an understanding of individual/group behavior. These are all skills which are highly sought after by graduate programs and employers.
We have been very successful in placing our graduates in a number of competitive psychology graduate programs, such as Cornell University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Kansas, the University of Denver, University of Florida, and the University of Southern California just to name a few. In fact, in the last couple of years, all of graduating seniors who applied to graduate school were placed. Our graduates have also successfully competed for jobs in various arenas including business, nonprofits, and social services upon graduation. Our program will offer you the knowledge, experience, and training that will help to prepare you for your future career endeavors. If you are interested in learning more about our outstanding program or exploring career options with a psychology degree, feel free to explore our website or contact me to arrange a meeting or a visit to campus.
~ Melissa Hakman, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Psychology