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School of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology


Pictured are members of the Confluence Psychology Alliance with Professor Robert McInerney, Ph.D. | Photo by Shayna Mendez

Study Psychology in Downtown Pittsburgh


Our psychology major offers rigorous study of human science psychology that includes existential, cross-cultural, depth psychology and post-structuralist theories.

At Point Park University, we encourage critical and holistic thinking in order to respectfully address the diverse and unique lived experiences of children and adults, and foster activist perspectives that enhance the well-being of persons and their communities.

Courses are designed to prepare students for continued study at the graduate level as clinicians and scholars. Students also have the opportunity to choose concentrations of study in the areas of clinical, child, community or forensic psychology.

Our psychology majors have opportunities to work with faculty on original research and publish their work in professional journals.

They also participate in internships and practicums at local agencies, many of which are within walking distance of campus.

Alumni Profiles

Pictured is M.A. in clinical-community psychology student Orlandria Smith. | Photo submitted by Smith
Learn about the nonprofit organization psychology alumna Orlandria Smith created to help people in need.

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Pictured is psychology alumna Veronika Pangiotou
Point Park's psychology program prepared alumna Veronika Panagiotou for graduate school.

Psychology Degree Courses

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the psychology major. Some of the courses in the Bachelor of Arts in psychology program include:

  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Children's Play: Psychological Aspects
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Happiness, Well-Being and Human Strengths
  • Psychology of Diversity
  • Psychology of Gender

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the degree requirements and School of Arts and Sciences course descriptions.

Concentration Options

Psychology students have the option to concentration in one of four areas:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology

Psychology Student Group and Research Opportunities 

Interested in joining a psychology-related club? Check out the Confluence Psychology Alliance. Also, psychology students have the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research symposiums each year.

Psychology Internships

Students in the psychology major have access to a variety of internship opportunities including:

  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  • Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • AHEADD Achieving in Higher Education
  • Mercy Behavioral Health
  • Freedom Center
  • Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
  • The Icarus Project
  • Operation Better Block
  • Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh
  • The Project to End Human Trafficking
  • Secret Angel L
  • The Bradley Center

Careers in Psychology

With a bachelor's degree in psychology, students are well-prepared for continued study at the graduate level or to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • Advocate
  • Administrator
  • Case Manager
  • Clinician
  • Licensed Counselor
  • Social, Market, or Data Researcher
  • Therapist
  • Therapeutic Support Specialist

Our Psychology Alumni in Graduate School

Alumni of Point Park's psychology degree program have gone on to complete graduate school at a variety of schools such as:

  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Duquesne University
  • The University of West Georgia
  • Chatham University
  • Seattle University
  • Carlow University

National Psychology Conference held at Point Park University in 2012 and 2017

The Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology allows students to showcase their original research and meet scholars. Read the latest web feature story and watch a video about the conference here: