Psychology Degrees

Psychology Degrees

Do you wonder why people do what they do and say what they say? Interested in the science and reasoning behind the behavior of humans and animals alike? Then a psychology degree from Indiana University Kokomo may be the degree for you!

A foundation in psychology, or the study of behavior and mental processes, will give you with the chance to understand the one factor that cuts across all other human endeavors: people. Learning about psychology means far more than being interested in the latest findings and bits of wisdom, it means learning about the fundamental science behind our knowledge. A psychology degree provides you the opportunity to develop and achieve your personal and career aspirations, including opportunities for engaging in research with faculty, independent research, and/or practicum experiences within the community. We offer different degree options depending on your goals and future plans.

This degree is for students interested in a traditional liberal arts approach to psychology, with flexible paths to graduate school or the workplace. Students seeking counseling, social work, and other human service careers will benefit strongly from this program's emphasis on cultural literacy and language, a major key to success in today's diverse world.

To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. For more information specific to you and your situation, please schedule a visit with an advisor today.

This degree is for students interested in professional programs such as medical school, physical therapy (PT), or occupational therapy (OT). It also prepares students for workplaces where a strong laboratory science background is helpful. Courses in biology, chemistry, or other laboratory sciences enhance student understanding of human and animal behavior.

To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. For more information specific to you and your situation, please schedule a visit with an advisor today.

This degree is for students interested in graduate school in psychology, particularly at the doctoral level, or workplaces where a strong social science research background is helpful. All students in this track are required to complete an original, year-long, independent research project, under the advisement of a faculty member.

To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. For more information specific to you and your situation, please schedule a visit with an advisor today.

Assessment information for this degree is available from our Assessment landing page.

Research or Practicum?

To complete the psychology major and delve in to your field, you’ll be required to do either an independent research project, or a practicum placement. This choice should be guided by your ultimate career goals. If you plan to work in an applied area of human services, such as social work, counseling, or occupational therapy, the practicum is the best choice. However, if you plan to enter graduate school in an area where research is required, such as any Ph.D. program or law school, the independent research sequence is highly recommended.

The practicum is an independent study course with the purpose to give psychology majors an opportunity to get real-world experience in a psychology-related field as part of their major requirements. Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of on-site work at their chosen placement in order to earn a grade for the course. The practicum is supervised by a faculty member in psychology and by an on-site supervisor to whom the student reports. Students are evaluated by both their faculty supervisor and the on-site supervisor at the end of their term as an enrolled practicum student. Practica are arranged in collaboration with the Office of Student Services at IU Kokomo.

Helping Skills-Practicum Sequence in Psychology

Students must complete the Helping Skills and Ethics course before enrolling for practicum. Enrollment in the Helping Skills course is capped at 20 students, so majors should plan ahead to make sure they complete their practicum during the semester of their choosing. The Helping Skills course is graded to a significant extent on effort, but faculty who teach it also use the course as an opportunity to become familiar with each student's potential strengths and interests as a practicum student.

Steps to Setting Up Your Practicum

Have steps 1-5 completed by 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the term that you wish to start your practicum.

  1. Complete the Helping Skills and Ethics course in a satisfactory fashion.
  2. Consult with Dr. Davis ( well in advance of your desired practicum term regarding the timing of the practicum, as well as your goals for the practicum and career. This consultation will often take the form of a 20-30 minute meeting.
  3. After your consultation, report to the Office of Career Services to schedule an appointment with the director of Career Services.
  4. Complete the steps for placement required by the Office of Career Services (including a resume review, selection of preferred placements, applications, and interviews with placements).
  5. Upon being offered a placement by a site, complete all required paperwork from Career Services and your instructor. Request permission to enroll in the practicum course from your instructor.

 At IU Kokomo, students have completed their practicum experience at:

Please note, not all placement sites accept practicum students every semester. Other placements are possible if you wish to have a different kind of practicum experience; consult with your instructor about new or different ideas.

Students who plan to pursue doctoral degrees, law school, or research-related careers are advised to complete the two-semester course sequence in research called Supervised Research in Psychology I & II.  In this course sequence, which typically lasts through the Fall and Spring of the senior year, students work under the advisement of a resident faculty member in psychology to pursue an original research question of their choosing. Many students develop an original research hypothesis that involves the collection, analysis, and reporting for original research data. Other students have completed other types of projects, such as theoretical reviews of research, or grant proposals involving reviews of the scholarly literature.  All resident faculty advises these projects, and students should seek a faculty advisor whose expertise most closely matches their own research interests.

These independent study courses provide a means for students to get research experience without completing the full two-semester research sequence. The activities to be graded for these courses vary depending on the preferences of the student and the faculty advisor who agrees to work with that student. In some cases, the faculty member and student read scholarly literature together and meet regularly to discuss issues raised in those pieces. In other cases, students receive course credit for assisting faculty with ongoing scholarly projects. In either case, enrollment must be arranged through mutual agreement of the student and the advising faculty member.

Because students and faculty in psychology are continuously working on various research projects, you may be asked to participate in one of these ongoing projects. Participating in research is a great way to learn about research in psychology without committing weeks of time to that effort. All such projects are described clearly to potential participants before any data is collected, and students can ask any faculty member in psychology for more information about these studies.

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