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Psychology at Mount Union
Transcript of Psychology at Mount Union
The mission of the Department is to develop and maintain an academic curriculum and co-curricular activities that help students acquire a broad base of knowledge in psychology, acquire the intellectual and communication skills necessary to contribute to psychological science, and develop characteristics that encourage personal fulfillment and responsible citizenship.
Psychology: Designed for students with a general interest in psychology and/or an intention to pursue further study and careers in the field.
Neuroscience: Designed for students with an interest in the biological bases of behavior and thought.
Human Development and Family Science: Designed for individuals interested in careers in human service as well as graduate study in this area.
The Psychology Club is a fun and interesting way for students and faculty to interact outside of the classroom. Some events in the past have been social in nature (e.g., parties), some informational (e.g., how to get into graduate school), and others educational (e.g., research talks and guest speakers).
Spring Break Social Responsibility Trip
As part of PSY350 students have the opportunity to learn the meaning of service by working in a third world country.
Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology. Requirements for membership include: completion of at least 3 psychology courses, a declared psychology major, a rank in the upper 35% of your class in general scholarship, and a minimum psychology GPA of 3.00. Psi Chi members may present research papers at national and regional conventions; are eligible to win awards based on their research; and may apply for undergraduate research grants (typical range of $500-$750).
Face Your Fear
The Face your Fear Project is an experiential component of PSY 240 (Abnormal Psychology). Students enrolled in Dr. Meyer's section of the course are provided with the opportunity to experience, in real-time, individuals overcoming a specific phobia through a therapeutic process known as “exposure therapy". The specific phobia explored by this project is roller coaster phobia; an excessive and persistent fear of roller coasters that a group of willing volunteers have chosen to overcome at Cedar Point, an amusement park home to 17 roller coasters located in Sandusky, Ohio.
Dog Lab & Training
Students can bring their own dogs or work with other dogs when taking Dr. Muller's Applied Learning and Animal Cognition courses. They learn the proper techniques for clicker training. Yes, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!
Research in Psychological Science
All majors are encouraged to become involved in research projects with psychology faculty.
Students are required to complete a research project as their senior culminating experience (SCE). The goal is for each student to produce a well-conceived, carefully planned, and competently executed piece of research.
Spectrum Education Foundation
The Spectrum Education Center was created to provide training and education for those interested in autism intervention and advocacy. The Center manages the Spectrum Program and the Summer Internship for Mount Union students at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism. In addition, educational opportunities are available to members of the community who want to learn more about developmental disabilities.
In a course called Movies & Madness, students create stigma busting projects designed to educate the community about mental health. A stigma busting project is designed “…to fight the inaccurate, hurtful representations of mental illness. Whether these images are found in TV, film, print, or other media, StigmBusters speak out and challenge stereotypes in an effort to educate society about the reality of mental illness and the courageous struggles faced by consumers and families every day. StigmaBusters' goal is to break down the barriers of ignorance, prejudice, or unfair discrimination by promoting education, understanding, and respect” (NAMI, www.nami.org).
Front Row Left to Right: Dr. Daily, Dr. Turko,
Back Row Left to Right: Dr. Muller, Dr. Meyer, Dr. Knepp, Dr. Torok-Gerard
Exploring & Developing Helping Skills
Psychology Offerings in the Integrative Core
First Year Seminars:
Demons & Diagnoses
Ultra: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things
The Psychological Sciences
Sensation & Perception
Psychology of Prejudice and Power
For students interested in careers in the helping professions, both Introduction to Counseling and Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy offer opportunities for experiential learning through roleplays. With built-in one-way mirrors our specially-designed counseling and observation rooms allow students to gain invaluable experience and feedback.
University of Mount Union
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience,
& Human Development