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Why Psychology at St. Ambrose?

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Why study Psychology?

After completing a psychology major at St. Ambrose University, a student will be able to:

  • describe, compare, and contrast major theoretical perspectives in psychology;
  • distinguish observations from conclusions, and distinguish theories and findings based on evidence from those without such support;
  • give an oral presentation in front of a class or conference audience;
  • write a paper using the format of the American Psychological Association;
  • explain how research helps to develop the knowledge base of psychology;
  • examine major ethical issues and standards for psychological research and practice, and determine the circumstances in which specific behaviors would or would not be ethical;
  • (for BS students only) apply scientific research methodologies and statistical analyses to answer psychological questions.

Students should contact their advisors for information on career-oriented support courses. Supervised field experiences are provided in a variety of non-classroom sites for upper division students, and opportunities for student originated research are available continuously.


Why study Forensic Psychology?

St. Ambrose University is uniquely positioned as one of approximately 10 colleges/universities in the country to offer the B.A. or B.S. degree in Forensic Psychology.

As a small Midwestern university, our Forensic Psychology majors benefit from strong mentor relationships with faculty. While St. Ambrose boasts a comprehensive focus, it is rooted in the liberal arts tradition which allows our majors exposure to coursework in a variety of disciplines.

The Forensic Psychology major at St. Ambrose has a rich history of strong relationships with community partners, such as our internship sites, that play a key role in preparing students for careers after graduation. The Forensic Psychology major embodies the St. Ambrose mission by promoting intellectual development and ethical decision-making. These skills are developed through coursework and applying psychological principles to direct work with those in the criminal justice system.

In line with the vision of St. Ambrose University, students in the Forensic Psychology program demonstrate a commitment to social justice and service through their work with those who struggle with mental illness and are involved in the legal system as an offender or victim.