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Psychology Department

The Psychology program is designed to help students establish a firm foundation in psychological theory, research, and practice. In addition, the program is designed to help each student develop a sense of personal worth.

The program in Psychology has the following goals:

  • Graduates of the program in Psychology will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of psychology as a behavioral science.
  • Graduates of the program in Psychology will be able either to pursue advanced training in psychology or related disciplines, or to obtain employment at the bachelor’s level in a job related to psychology.
  • Graduates of the program in Psychology will be able to apply principles of psychology to enhance their personal growth and to deepen their understanding of self and others.

Placement in Graduate Schools

Graduates of the Psychology program have gone on to pursue graduate training in areas such as clinical psychology, counseling psychology, industrial/ organizational psychology, school psychology, urban planning, and theology at Howard University, New York University, University of Baltimore, Virginia
Commonwealth University, Radford University, Virginia State University, University of Cincinnati, and similar institutions.

Clubs & Organizations

Leah Lewis Psychology Club - In recent years, the Leah Lewis Psychology Club has hosted presentations by a number of psychologists about careers in School psychology, Counseling Psychology, and Forensic Psychology. In addition, the Club has organized trips to special exhibits at the Library of Congress as well as to offices of the American Psychological Association.

Psi Chi - is the national honor society in Psychology. Membership is open to students who have a major interest in the study of psychology and who meet the academic qualifications. The primary purpose of Psi Chi is to “advance the science of psychology.”

Internship Opportunities - Students who enroll in PSY 400– Field Placement are offered placements in a variety of settings. In recent
years, students have been placed in a number of organizations that provide services for children and youth with special needs. These organizations include St. Joseph’s Villa, the Juvenile Detention Center, the Geara Group, and the YWCA. Other students have
worked in sleep clinics and research laboratories. The Department is continuously adding to its internship resources.

Scholarships - Students in Psychology are eligible for all unrestricted scholarships available to undergraduates at VUU.