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Dr. Dunwoody in class


Emphasizing a scientific understanding of behavior, Juniata’s Psychology Department requires both research and quantitative skills. Introduction to Psychology, Statistics for Social Sciences and Research Methods in Psychology are the only courses required for a psychology Program of Emphasis (POE), so you’ll enjoy considerable flexibility. In addition to these three courses, choose four of the following five courses: Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Biopsychology, Developmental Psychology and/or Cognitive Psychology

Get Involved:

  • American Association of Addiction Professionals
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Juniata Active Minds
  • National Association of Addiction Professionals
  • National Association of Social Workers
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

Here at Juniata, I feel like I’m more of a colleague than just another student, and I have ample opportunities to both earn the respect of my mentors and further myself and my career all at once. Juniata’s amazing professors constantly extend invitations to get involved in research and studies going on.

-William Dively ’13

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Kylee Crawshaw ’10 is enrolled at Slippery Rock University pursuing her master’s degree in counseling following a career with Alternative Community Resource Program in Bedford, Pa. As an undergraduate, Kylee interned at the same firm. She cites Statistics, Developmental Psychology and Clinical Psychology as the courses she frequently uses in her current role.

Courtney DeGemmis ’11 has been accepted to a variety of master’s degree in social work programs and has decided to pursue study at Boston College.

Jill Gifford ’09 is currently pursuing a master’s degree in child development at the Eliot-Pearson Department at Tufts University. She is also a LEND fellow at the Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Molly Harlacker ’10 is enrolled in an occupational therapy graduate program at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Craig Gaunt ‘07 is currently employed in youth ministry and counseling after receiving his master’s degree in divinity from Evangelical Theological Seminary.

You can read about more outstanding Psychology graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Psychology?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • activities coordinator child care worker clergy personnel assistant social services case worker

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • career counselor
  • occupational therapist
  • psychologist
  • rehabilitation counselor
  • school counselor
  • social worker

Possible Employers:

  • business & industry
  • colleges & universities
  • community agencies
  • correctional facilities
  • hospital
  • mental health agencies
  • private practice
  • rahabilitation agencies
  • schools
  • state & federal government

Related Occupations:

  • advertising manager
  • criminologist
  • guidance counselor
  • market research analyst
  • mental health worker
  • outplacement specialistt
  • psychiatric nurse
  • psychiatrist
  • speech pathologist
  • technical writer

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify interests, values and skills by using FOCUS
  • Meet with a Career Counselor and/or take NDSS 100 Career Planning
  • Develop a professional resume and upload it to JuniataJobs.com
  • Attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops throughout the year
  • Test your interests through student organizations, volunteer work and a summer job/internship

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Research specific careers and related qualifications
  • Become active in student organizations relevant to your POE; consider a leadership position
  • Update your resume on JuniataJobs and attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops
  • Set Social Networking sites to “private” and maintain professional behavior
  • Attend events with Juniata alumni to build your network;create a profile on Juniata Connect
  • Get a job or internship related to your field of interest

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Make employment/graduate school choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and participate in Career Workshops
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Build a professional wardrobe and attend the Etiquette Dinner
  • Simulate a Mock Interview
  • Get an internship related to your field of study

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and secure quality references
  • Meet with a Career Counselor for your “Senior Meeting”; consider registering for NDSS 205—21st Century Career Search
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile and network with professionals for job leads/grad school information
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Apply to targeted employers/graduate schools: Follow-Up

Notable Internship Sites:

  • The Abuse Network
  • Alternative Community Resource Program (ACRP)
  • Danvill Center for Adolescent Females
  • Environ International Corporation
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission
  • Meadows Outpatient Clinic
  • Westmoreland County Courthouse
  • WPIC (Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic)
  • York County SPCA
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director