psychology professor

What is Psychology?

Psychology involves the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychological science explores a variety of topics including development, emotions, social influences on behavior, the brain, cognitive processes, and mental health. Psychology majors develop strong communication, critical thinking, and research skills, which prepare them for a variety of career opportunities. Some students pursue careers in counseling and work with children, adolescents, or adults with mental health and substance abuse issues. Others pursue careers in psychological research and work at universities or private research organizations. Still others use their background in psychology as a pathway into the business world or the service world of non-profit agencies.

Psychology at Viterbo

The Viterbo psychology program introduces students to the key areas in contemporary psychology: clinical and counseling psychology, developmental psychology, human cognition, social psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Notable features of Viterbo’s program include:

  • instruction from faculty with a diverse range of scholarly interests in key subfields of psychology;
  • interactive and hands-on coursework that provides valuable experience with psychological research and practice;
  • experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom, including internships in local service agencies and research projects with faculty mentors;
  • digital video laboratory facilities for interviewing and counseling training;
  • an option to complete coursework required to become a licensed substance abuse counselor.