Psychology is a good major if you're fascinated by human behavior. You'll study normal and abnormal behavior, learning, development and cognition, as well as how to conduct research in psychology. As a psychology major at Thomas More College, you will attend small classes, usually with less than 25 students, and become acquainted with both applied and scientific aspects of the field. You'll have the opportunity to intern at a hospital or in industry, to conduct and present research at an undergraduate conference and to engage in service projects related to your major. Such experiences contribute to your success in entering graduate school or the workforce.
Thomas More College Sponsors Psychology Research Conference
Thomas More College is a co-sponsor of the Annual Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference (MAUPRC). Each year at this conference Psychology majors from throughout the Midwest present research papers and poster sessions during a day long meeting of research and guest speakers. Thomas More College will host the conference again in 2014.
The psychology curriculum at Thomas More College provides a thorough grounding in the discipline of Psychology, from both scientific and clinical/applied aspects. The curriculum meets all ten goals identified by the Task Force on Undergraduate Psychology Major Competencies (2002) of the American Psychology Association.
The majority of psychology courses are taught by full-time Ph.D. faculty who are also the academic advisors for all Psychology majors.
Internships and Research Experiences
Each year psychology majors have the opportunity to do internships at local hospitals, businesses, and research facilities. The psychology internship program has had successful intern placements at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Works, Inc., Community Mental Health of Lawrenceburg, East Indiana Treatment Center, Riverside Correctional Facility, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, NorthKey Community Care, and The Brighton Center, among others. Internships provide both clinical and research experience. Students who plan to attend graduate school are strongly encouraged to engage in independent research. The department has a strong commitment to undergraduate research, as evidenced by co-sponsorship of MAUPRC and student participation at undergraduate conferences.
Psi Chi National Honor Society and the Psychology Club
These two groups work together to co-host a number of events. In the past the groups sponsored or co-sponsored:
- A fall picnic to introduce freshman majors to faculty and upperclassmen.
- Dr, Charles Behling of the University of Michigan. He spoke about his award-winning diversity program in a college-wide forum
- Mr. Kyle Behymer, TMC Psychology alum. He spoke of his work in Human Factors Psychology with the design of human-computer interfaces in an engineering setting.
- Judge Karen Thomas, Chief Regional District Judge of Campbell County Kentucky. She spoke about the importance, locally and nationally, for mental health courts that address the special needs of the mentally ill who are in the justice system.
- Dr. Scott Powers of Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati Ohio. Dr Powers spoke about pediatric migraine and its impact on the quality of life.
- Dr Michael Bennett, a TMC Psychology/Biology graduate and neuroscientist at Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr Bennett was the keynote speaker at the annual Psi Chi induction ceremony and spoke about the graduate school experience and entering into the workforce as a young professional.
Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) Academic Conference & Psychology Bowl
The KPA Academic Conference is one of the largest state association-sponsored student psychological conferences in the country. The KPA Academic Conference provides students an opportunity to present their research, learn about career paths, and participate in Psych Bowl. Psych Bowl is a Jeopardy-style contest in which students from Kentucky colleges and universities compete to answer questions from all areas of psychology. Coached by Dr. Kathie Langen, Thomas More Psychology Bowl team members have won the competition three times and regularly place second in the state.
Community Service Projects and Service Learning
Psychology majors are active in a variety of community service projects. Examples include:
- A Habitat for Humanity project on the Gulf Coast during Spring Break
- A tutor/mentor program with elementary students in an inner city school
- A trip to Booneville, KY with food and clothing for an outreach program.
- A teen mentor program with local churches and parishes
- An annual college trip to an adopted orphanage in Jamaica
- Volunteer work at a geriatrics unit at a local hospital
- A variety of charitable fund-raising events
Prospective students are encouraged to visit the Psychology Department, attend a class, have lunch with current Psychology majors and get to know more about the program.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Kathie Langen
Professor and Chairperson
Department of Psychology
Thomas More College