Who are Hiram’s Psychology Students?
Students who are successful in the psychology program are engaged, driven and ready to learn.
They learn how to think critically and creatively about psychological phenomena by exploring topics such as:
- Statistics and research methods
- Individual and group processes
- Memory and learning
By the time Hiram’s psychology students graduate, they have developed a sound understanding of the causes and consequences of thought and behavior, combine with a master of the new liberal arts.
About the Psychology Program
Unlike other schools’ programs, Hiram’s psychology major incorporates actual research into methods and statistics courses. Students learn to use and interpret research and data – skills critical to success after graduation.
Students complete at least three courses in the on-campus research lab, which is equipped with SPSS Statistical software, videotaping equipment, facilities for the study of several animal species and more. “Alumni who have gone on to graduate work have repeatedly told us they are more prepared in terms of understanding research methodology and statistics than their peers,” says Professor Amber Chenoweth. “The fact that we integrate using statistical software (currently SPSS) gives them a leg up.”
To further prepare for graduate school or the professional world, students can attend attend and present at high-profile conferences with faculty, such as the American Psychological Association Conference. They can also pursue a double major or minor to fit their interests. Here is a list of career options to consider and the double majors/minors that complement them:
Counseling → communication
School psychology or school counseling → educational studies
Data analytics → computer science
A Career-Focused Psychology Degree
At Hiram, students don’t wait until their senior year to start planning for the future. They start considering and preparing for their careers in their sophomore year by taking a course called Careers in Psychology. In this course students learn about different career paths, interview professionals in their areas of interest, identify internship and research opportunities, and develop an academic plan for their remaining time at Hiram.
One way students can explore different career paths is by conducting classwork and completing internships with different organizations the psychology department has partnered with. These organizations include:
- Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism
- Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community
- SpringHaven Counseling Center
- Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare
- VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
- Townhall II
- Hattie Larlham
Working with these organizations also gives students the opportunity to pursue full-time employment.
A master’s degree is required for students who want to pursue counseling careers, and Hiram graduates have high admittance rates into accredited master’s degree programs in counseling. Those who are ready to start their careers after completing their bachelor’s degree in psychology can explore positions in:
- Youth mentoring
- Art therapy
- Science writing
- Information technology
- Corporate training
- Political campaigns
- Peace Corps/Teach for America