The Psychology major provides students with a broad exposure to the field of psychology while encouraging the development of the Civic Arts that characterize the Tusculum University curriculum. Students in the Psychology major choose one of two concentrations which either an emphasis on the application of psychological principles to real-world problems (the Behavioral Health Concentration) or an emphasis on the empirical skills necessary for success at research and in graduate school (the General-Experimental Concentration).
The Behavioral Health Concentration is designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for success at most entry level positions in the helping professions, behavioral health services, and professional degrees in the field upon graduation as well as a host of other fields and includes optional internship opportunities in the junior or senior year. The General-Experimental Concentration is designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for successful research in the field and in graduate school.
The curriculum has been designed to follow American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for the undergraduate Psychology major. All APA-recommended domains of psychological skills and knowledge (scientific inquiry and critical thinking, professional competence, ethical and social responsibility, communication and the undergraduate knowledge base in psychology) are reflected in the curriculum.