Department of Psychology

A psychology degree brings professional opportunities in community service centers, psycho-social rehabilitation programs, research institutes, and business organizations. Many graduates choose to pursue Master's and/or doctoral degrees to prepare them for work as psychologists, counselors, and clinical researchers.

About the Program

If understanding human thought and behavior is at the heart of a liberal arts education, the study of psychology is at the heart of that process. For those interested in the study of human thought, emotion, and behavior, a psychology major is ideal.

Psychology students learn first about the empirical foundation of psychology. Then, through exposure to the many exciting areas encompassed in the field, students apply theory and concepts to real world problems, cases and issues-developing their analytical, communication and critical thinking skills in the process.

Cal Lutheran's psychology faculty encourages students to become actively engaged in the learning process. The major's four junior/senior Capstone courses ~ Clinical Practicum, Applied Psychology, Introduction to Counseling & Psychotherapy, and Research Practicum ~ involve students directly in the mental health field as they integrate and apply theory and concepts, and address ethical and practical concerns.

Qualified students may join the CLU chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology majors. Each year, several CLU students receive support to present the findings of their research projects at the California Psychological Association conference and the Santa Clara Conference for Undergraduate Research. Many students participate in internships at mental health facilities, Tri- Counties Regional Center, Valley Trauma Center, Casa Pacifica; and the Ventura County District Attorney's Victims Advocate Office, and Probation Department.

Students targeting work in community service centers, clinics and business usually pursue the bachelor of arts degree in psychology; those considering careers in the clinical and research arena typically seek the bachelor of science in psychology degree.

Emphasis Area Options

Because Pyschology may be applied to a wide range of human endeavors, students may add an emphasis area to the B.A. or B.S. to increase their marketability at graduation. Students select courses from an approved list of interdisciplinary courses to complete one of the following emphasis areas: Family and Child Development Applications, Law and Criminal Behavior Applications, Business/Organizational Applications, Psychobiology, Behavioral/Clinical Applications, Sports Psychology, or Health and Wellness Applications. For more details on the requirements for receiving special emphasis training and recognition, please visit our Psychology Advising Center.