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 students to the many subdisciplines of psychology while building a strong foundation in analytical thinking, scientific inquiry, and social science methodology. Professors also help students 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. Students’ educational experience within the program culminates in a hands-on individual research project called the Senior Capstone. In addition, they build a connection to their 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.

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.

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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Arts & Sciences to offer B.S. in Biology, Psychology; two new minors beginning Fall 2020

February 28, 2020

Arts & Sciences will offer B.S. in Biology, Psychology; two new minors beginning Fall 2020

Finlandia’s Suomi College of Arts & Sciences is excited to introduce two new bachelor’s degrees and two new minors for fall 2020. The new degrees are a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. The new minors students can explore are Military Science and Global Studies. 

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SCAS Lecture Series 2020
SCAS to Host Spring Lecture Series Beginning in March

February 27, 2020

Finlandia University’s Suomi College of Arts and Sciences (SCAS) will be hosting a lecture series showcasing four assistant professors from mid-March until early April in the Chapel of St.Matthew. The Assistant Professors presenting include Dr. Jeff Pettibone (Psychology), Dr. Patricia Grosse (Philosophy), Dr. Mike Reay (Sociology), and Dr. Carolyn Dekker (English). The lectures are free and open to the public.

SCAS Lecture Series Schedule Thursday, March 12, 4:30 PM

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Finlandia Named a Top 30 Liberal Arts College in the Midwest

February 06, 2020

Finlandia University has been named a Top 30 Liberal Arts College in the Midwest according to Great Value Colleges.

“Finlandia is honored to be included in the list of the Top 30 Liberal Arts Colleges in the Midwest, as presented by Great Value College,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Fredi deYampert. “Finlandia is indeed a great value. We are the only liberal arts university in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our tuition is competitive and the quality of […] Read More

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Karina Koenig

Adjunct Instructor-Psychology

karina.koenig@finlandia.edu

Jason Oyadomari

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

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