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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

Progess Sheet

BACHELOR OF ART DEGREE

Progress Sheet

THE CLASSES

Course Descriptions

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PSYCHOLOGY IN THE NEWS

Dr. Cassandra Hill
Dr. Cassandra Hill named dean of Suomi College of Arts & Sciences

September 27, 2022

Associate professor will also serve as interim dean of the International School of Art & Design

Finlandia University has hired Dr. Cassandra (Carlson) Hill as dean of Suomi College of Arts & Sciences and interim dean of the International School of Art & Design. Hill began her duties on July 1.

Before joining Finlandia, Hill ventured coast-to-coast, holding her first tenure-track position at Cal. Poly-San Luis Obispo in California, advancing to tenured professor and eventually associate chair of communication, media, […] Read More

Dr. Richard Gee receiving 2022 Distinguished Faculty Award
Dr. Richard Gee earns 2022 Distinguished Faculty Award

July 13, 2022

Dr. Richard Gee joined Finlandia’s Suomi College of Arts & Sciences in 2012 when he was brought on to develop the University’s Criminal Justice curriculum. After revising, creating and teaching more than 30 different courses and establishing multiple articulation agreements for continued learning, Gee was honored at this year’s spring commencement with the 2022 Board of Trustees Distinguished Faculty Award.

“I was honored to be nominated by Dr. Virtanen for the award,” Gee said. “I […] Read More

University HQ 2022 Best Bachelor's Degrees in Michigan
FinnU named to Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges

May 20, 2022

Finlandia University was recently named among the best for bachelor’s degrees in the State of Michigan in 2022 by University Headquarters.

Among the most important factors in the ranking system of University HQ is accreditation and the Higher Learning Commission provides that to Finlandia University with institutional accreditation. Physical Therapy Assistant and Nursing programs at Finlandia are also accredited. This is factored into ranking in addition to admission and retention rates, tuition costs, degree options and graduation rates. As a […] Read More

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Leslie Griffith

Adjunct Instructor for Arts & Sciences

leslie.griffith@finlandia.edu

Cassandra Hill, Ph.D.

Dean (Suomi College of Arts & Sciences/International School of Art & Design)

Cassandra.Hill@finlandia.edu

Angela Hoffman-Cooper

Adjunct Instructor, Suomi College of Arts and Sciences

Angela.HoffmanCooper@finlandia.edu

Mariana Nakashima

Administrative Assistant ISB - SCAS

Mariana.Nakashima@finlandia.edu
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