Madonna’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology degree builds a comprehensive understanding of the science of human behavior and cognition and the applicability of these two areas to a wide range of professional fields – from counseling to education to business.
The degree includes robust coursework in general psychology, the developmental life-span, research and quantitative methods, theories of personality, behavioral neuroscience, and cognitive psychology. This broad exposure to the field of psychology positions students to follow their academic interests and build a successful, rewarding career.
Students benefit from close relationships with experienced faculty who have extensive practice in clinical and research psychology, as well as an array of sub-disciplines within the field, including forensic, industrial/organizational, and child psychology. The range of expertise held by Madonna’s faculty builds knowledge of the leading theories in psychology and helps students form meaningful connections with mentors that have an impact on professional development.
The B.S. in Psychology degree at Madonna provides the choice of two concentrations that allow students the opportunity to specialize in their area of interest. These pathways prepare students for engaging careers that are best-fit to their individual goals.
The general psychology concentration positions students to pursue future employment in a diverse set of career paths, including community and social services, residential care, and human resources. In addition, it is a popular choice for students who wish to continue their education through graduate study in law or business.
The mental health concentration of the psychology major prepares students for entry-level positions in mental health and social service agencies. Students in this concentration complete two mental health field placement experiences where they can apply in-classroom knowledge in real-world clinical settings.
This concentration includes the training needed in order to provide basic clinical services as psychological technicians, case managers, or crisis intervention workers. Further exemplifying Madonna’s strong community connections, students in the mental health concencentration are regularly employed by the agency where they completed their field placement.
In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Madonna offers a minor in psychology and three certificates, providing the opportunity for students to build a dynamic academic experience catered to their interests and goals.
We also offer a psychology minor for non-psychology major students who are seeking exposure to this field. Given psychology’s application across industries, this minor is a strong complement to any bachelor’s degree program.
The advanced research certificate is designed for psychology majors at Madonna University who have an interest in conducting their own research project under the supervision of a faculty member. This certificate is ideal for students who have a goal of pursuing a Ph.D. in the future.
Forensic psychology is an exciting career path that combines the psychology field and legal system to solve crimes, evaluate a criminal's state of mind, work alongside law enforcement personnel to provide insight on mental illnesses, and conduct research on criminal behavior.
The industrial/organizational certificate is designed for students who have an interest in using psychological approaches in order to solve problems in the professional work environment to promote productivity and overall health of employees.
Psi Chi is a prestigious international honor society for Psychology majors. It is the largest student psychological organization internationally and is the first student organization to be formally associated with the American Psychological Association.
This organization also offers over $400,000 in grants each year and is home to many distinguished individuals like B.F. Skinner, Albert Bandura, and Florence L. Denmark. This elite organization at Madonna University invites the top of its class to join each year.
The bachelor’s degree coursework develops advanced knowledge across psychology disciplines, as well as refined leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills.
Combining this advancement with the fact that psychology intersects a wide range of industries, Madonna psychology graduates are well-positioned to find career success in the following fields:
Further exemplifying the vast applicability of the field, Madonna BS in Psychology graduates have gone on to work for the following institutions:
Learn more about student success by reading Madonna alum Kayla Vogel’s story.
Many BS in Psychology students opt to continue their education through a master’s or doctoral degree program that advances their expertise in a specific field of psychology.
Our students have gone on to graduate programs at Madonna and other prestigious institutions such as:
Students seeking admission into Madonna University’s Psychology bachelor’s degree need to submit the following items:
Review the complete first-year student admission requirements, including more about what we look for in an applicant.
Madonna University’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree provides a well-rounded foundation that prepares you for limitless careers related to the examination and support of human behavior.
Ph.D., Boston University
M.Div., Yale University
B.A., Baldwin-Wallace University
Throughout my lifetime I have been devoted to the creative process, initially as a musician then as an active supporter and dedicated listener. More recently that interest has extended into curiosity about the expression of creativity by those outside the arts, most notably through the study of the creative personality in technology. Conference presentations based on that research helped me value the struggle faced by those with creative vision. Not only do they encounter their own difficulty expressing that vision, but at the same time they need to overcome resistance from others to the pursuit of new ideas and directions. This work has informed both my teaching and my practice.
In addition to Personality Theory, I teach courses in applied psychology and conduct the seminar for students completing their field placement in the Mental Health Concentration. Advising for undergraduate students is a central part of my work on campus. As Department Chair, I oversee all departmental activities and serve on the Chairs Council and the Academic Technology Committee.
Ph.D., Arizona State University
B.S., Wayne State University
Early in my career I investigated the neural mechanisms of drug addiction, primarily through the use of lab rats. Following my time in the world of animal research, I decided to take a position as a Research Psychologist with the U.S. Army. I spent several years traveling across the country to many of our outstanding military installations and working with Soldiers suffering from some of the "invisible" wounds of the war (i.e., posttraumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury). I was also part of a longitudinal study in which we administered neurocognitive test batteries and drew blood for genetic/proteomic testing from hundreds of Soldiers prior to their first deployment with the hope that this information might better help us identify some key behavioral and neurochemical predispositions to developing combat-related psychological disorders.
I am currently Chair of Madonna's Institutional Review Board, and I am the Faculty Advisor for Psychology Club and Psi Chi (Psychology's Honors Society).