Ever wonder why people behave the way they do? Want to be more of an active participant in bettering the lives of those around you? If so, psychology may be the right field for you. Lyon’s psychology program emphasizes the science of psychology, educating students on collecting and understanding useful behavioral data. Learning about psychology doesn’t stop in the classroom, advanced students participate in an internship related to their chosen career or prepare a senior research project where they develop, run, and analyze their own original study. In addition, majors will take a team-taught Professional Development course that helps to translate their classroom experiences to job searches and graduate school. Lyon psychology majors have a 90% acceptance rate to graduate school. The major program prepares students to enter a variety of careers, from occupational therapy, mental health, law, to education. Majors in other areas, such as Pre-med and Business, have found a Minor in Psychology to be very useful in preparing for the MCAT and issues related to human resources data. As long as you plan on working for or with human beings for your career, your experiences in the Psychology program at Lyon College will get you there.
Lyon psychology majors have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research in areas spanning everything from video games, gender studies, developmental psychopathology, to cognitive processing in a digital age. The Derby Center for Science and Mathematics offers an observation room with audio and video recording capabilities that is available to students to conduct research, along with a computer lab where students can use statistical software to analyze their findings.
Dr. Nikki Yonts, Dr. Jennifer Daniels, Dr. Rose Danek, Dr. Robert Miller
Psychology majors can join Psi Chi, a national psychology honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. Students can also join other honor societies, such as Lambda Delta, Alpha Chi, and Mortar Board.
“The professors all try to build relationships with each student and show they really do care about you and your life after Lyon. I had relationships with each of them, and they all were there for me when I needed them, whether that be for class help, post college help, or just to talk about our day.” -Emma Gillaspy, ’20
Lyon Psychology majors have gone on to work at Arkansas State University, Pediatrics Plus (Across Arkansas), the Young Adult Volunteer Program with the Presbyterian Church of the United States, Mount St. Mary Academy, Batesville School District, Arkansas State Police (victim services), law enforcement agencies across the country, The Clinton School for Public Service, Arkansas State Hospital, UAMS- North Campus, Jonesboro Public Library, Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Health Care System, Children’s Therapy Team (NWA) Walmart (corporate), Miss Selma’s School (Little Rock, AR), Access Arkansas Processing Center Department of Human Services, Columbia River Mental Health (WA), Autism in Motion Clinics, Cole Health (TX), Jarvis Pediatric Therapy, Baxter Regional Medical Center, Morgan Stanley, Wyoming VA Health Center, Greenwood Gearhart Inc. (NWA), UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Youth Villages- Memphis, Tucson Unified School District (AZ).
For more information on the required courses for a Psychology major or minor, view our courses page.
Psychology majors can enter careers in mental health counseling, law, education, forensic psychology, public health, human resources, social work, and many more.
Case Manager- $37,000
Mental Health Therapist- $44,000
Social Worker- $48,000
Clinical Psychologist- $77,000
Human Resources Director- $88,000
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