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Arts & Sciences

Psychology

Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Psychology majors study the behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals.

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STUDY THE MIND

The psychology degree at Finlandia offers insight and experience into understanding all of the features of the normal and abnormal human mind from a scientific perspective. The program exposes you to the many sub-disciplines of psychology while building a strong foundation in analytical thinking, scientific inquiry, and social science methodology. Professors also help you learn how to solve problems from a psychologist’s perspective that can be useful in a wide range of psychology-related fields.

BEYOND THE LECTURES

FinnU’s psychology program prides itself on encouraging students to see a larger world than themselves and their undergraduate experience. Your educational experience within the program culminates in a hands-on individual research project called the Senior Capstone. In addition, you’ll build a connection to your local community through volunteer sites such as the Dial Help Crisis Center, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly and working with local clinics including Upper Great Lakes Health Center and Portage Health.

AFTER GRADUATION

There has never been a better time to obtain a degree in psychology. With the raging opioid epidemic and increased funding for mental health projects, psychologists are in high demand. Demands are increasing specifically in the medical and education fields as the need for social workers, counselors, researchers and psychologists continues to grow. Whether you are looking to continue your education or jump immediately into a career, Finlandia’s psychology program can give you the foundation needed to succeed at the next level.

MSW EARLY ASSURANCE PROGRAM

In the Spring of 2021, Finlandia signed an articulation agreement with Northern Michigan University to create a clear pathway to a Master’s in Social Work degree from NMU. While the agreement doesn’t guarantee you a place in NMU’s MSW program, it will give you a leg up in the application process by:

  • Ensuring you have completed all pre-reqs for the program
  • No application fee
  • Early decision by December of the year prior to graduation (most students have to wait until Feb. 28)
  • Proving you with opportunities to meet with Northern’s MSW faculty early in your academic career

Interested in learning more? Ask your admissions officer or academic advisor for all the details.

OPTIONS FOR YOUR DEGREE

You have the option of choosing between a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. You do not need to decide which path you want at admission; you can decide in your 2nd or 3rd year. Both are great choices for your education. Explore the differences below:

Bachelor of Science

The B.S. option is best for students that want a more science-intensive education. Specifically, the B.S. requires higher math (College Algebra) and more credits of science like biology and natural sciences. The B.S. option should appeal to students looking for advanced education and degrees, particularly for students interested in research. Students will learn more about science process skills and have additional labs to accompany their education. The B.S. option can appeal to employers that want job candidates that have a more rigorous science training, such as for technicians or clinicians.

Bachelor of Arts

The B.A. option should appeal to students that want a science education but also want a well-rounded education in the liberal arts. Students will take a few more courses in the humanities and social sciences than their B.S. counterparts. This will appeal for graduate programs that are auxiliary with science like public health or community relations. The B.A. option is ideal for careers that will require science knowledge as a background while integrating it with other aspects of the humanities.

“Due to being a smaller school, you gain connections with most of the people you see. Especially professors. They are on a first-name basis, always willing to help, and have our best interest at heart. I also enjoy how beautiful the town is. I have noticed that, with all four seasons, this town stays a pretty place to live in.”

Daisia Knowles ('22)

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Communication, Analytical and Critical Thinking, Creative Insight: Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings of psychology and be able to apply this knowledge when solving problems.
  • Communication, Analytical and Critical Thinking, Creative Insight: Propose and carryout an innovative research project OR apply appropriate skills during internship. Skills that will be utilized include research interpretation and design, theory use, and quantitative analysis and assessment.
  • Personal Perspective, Global Perspective: Identify professional values that will help them optimize their contributions when working with others, including those who do not share their heritage and traditions.
  • Communication: Develop competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills to the point where they are able to present information to a professional audience.
  • Personal Perspective, Global Perspective: Integrate the use of psychology-specific content and skills when engaging in self-reflection, project management, and career preparation activities.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE

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BACHELOR OF ART DEGREE

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THE CLASSES

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PSYCHOLOGY IN THE NEWS

Finlandia signs articulation agreement with Concordia Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

April 05, 2021

A new agreement between Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy and Finlandia University gives students the opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a CUW PharmD degree, and save a year of studies in the process.

Finlandia University is excited to announce the signing of a 3+4 dual degree agreement with the Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), located in Mequon, Wisc. In the program, students will spend three years in a Bachelor of Science in Biology program at Finlandia fulfilling […] Read More

Student Spotlight: Rheanna Bain, Psychology Major

March 01, 2021

Rheanna Bain is a junior from Hawai’i studying psychology in the Suomi College of Arts & Sciences and is also on the FinnU Softball team. She hopes to pursue her Master’s in Social Work after graduating from FinnU. Learn more about Rheanna in her interview with Director of Marketing, Olivia Myers, below.  What are you majoring in at Finlandia and why did you decide to study at FinnU? How did you end up at Finlandia all the way […] Read More

New articulation agreement with NMU provides clear pathway to MSW

February 10, 2021

Finlandia University is excited to announce a new articulation agreement between FinnU and Northern Michigan University that will provide a clear pathway for students interested in pursing a Master’s of Social Work degree.

“We developed this partnership so that any students in those PsychologySociology or Criminal Justice majors can then qualify for what we’re calling the Early Assurance Program into Northern’s MSW program,” said Dr. Jason Oyadomari, Dean of the Suomi College of Arts & Sciences.

While the agreement won’t guarantee FinnU […] Read More

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Jason Oyadomari

Associate Professor of Biology & Dean of Suomi College of Arts and Sciences

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