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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Psychology Department at Holy Cross College will provide students with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of psychology. The Bachelor of Arts program features a core curriculum that emphasizes the scientific and empirical bases of psychology.

The goal of the program is to produce graduates with critical thinking skills based on their knowledge of the principles and methodology in psychology. The major will provide the background necessary to pursue graduate education as well the basic skills for the practical application of psychological principles.

The Psychology Department at Holy Cross College offers many unique and innovative features. Students are offered the opportunity to attend and receive course credit for professional conferences. Based on ideas gleaned from the conference, students are then encouraged to develop a research project and implement that research with the goal of submitting their research to a later conference. Additional courses are being developed which will place students in a leadership and mentoring role with other psychology students. Psychology students also complete internships as part of the general education core, however the internship are within the area of psychology.

Our department offers something for anyone interested in psychology, whether you are interested in continuing your studies in graduate school, pursuing a career in a psychologically related field, or if you are just interested in learning more about the human mind and behavior. In addition to a major in Psychology, the department also offers a minor in Psychology.

Welcome to psychology. We hope you will find what you need here. If you don't - please let us know.

Message From The Chair, Dr. Doris M. Van Auken

This is the place to be if you're interested in studying psychology. Our program has several unique features.

First, you will be taught, not only by our full-time faculty, but also by adjunct faculty who are currently practicing professionals within the South Bend community.

Second, you will have the opportunity to attend an international psychological conference or congress.

Third, all students complete an internship prior to graduation. Your internship will be in the field of psychology thereby providing you with experience within the profession.

Psychology Department faculty at Holy Cross College are excited to work with you and look forward to introducing you to the fascinating study of the human mind and human behavior.

Our students attest to the quality of our program:

"After my first psychology courses I became deeply interested in research. I was pushed by the department chair to be not only an excellent student but also a competitive, independent, and ethical researcher in psychological science. During my time at Holy Cross I served as a teacher's assistant, research assistant, published manuscripts, presented research, attended conferences, mentored students, and was appointed to an executive board position as the Undergraduate Advocate in the Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus. Entering graduate school at Ball State University I feel that my undergraduate education fully prepared me for its challenges."

Nate Ring '10

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Psychology at Holy Cross College is to provide students with a superior undergraduate education in psychology. Consistent with the mission of Holy Cross College and the traditions of the Brothers of Holy Cross, our curriculum provides students with the skills and knowledge they will need to investigate questions which are important to the human condition from a scientific perspective, emphasizing critical thinking and communication skills in a collaborative learning environment. It is our goal to support the personal and professional growth of our students by offering opportunities for experiential learning, including faculty/student research, service learning, international learning opportunities, and psychologically related internships.

The goal of the department is to produce graduates capable of reflective, critical and complex thinking based on their knowledge of psychological principles. Students will be prepared to pursue graduate school training and/or many other rewarding careers in psychology and related fields. Our students will be prepared to be active and engaged lifelong learners capable of making a positive contribution to the people of the world.