Do people fascinate you? Have you ever asked yourself: Why do we do the things we do? How can I better understand myself and others? How can I help others to solve their problems and cope with life’s challenges? How does the brain process and store so much information? Why does my dog love me unconditionally? How can animals be used therapeutically? These and other important questions are at the core of the Carroll College Psychology Program. If you are interested in any aspect of human or animal mental processes and behavior, the Carroll psychology department can help transform this interest into an exciting and rewarding learning experience and successful career. Incorporating secular, humanistic and moral values within its curriculum, the Carroll psychology department specializes in giving students a solid background in the field that will prepare students for successful graduate work and/or for immediate entry into a wide variety of entry level careers.
Carroll psychology students are heavily involved in the college and local community through activities such as presenting research, participating in practicum experiences, participating in the psychology club and working in mental health services organizations. A myriad of internship opportunities are available, including posts at Shodair Children’s Hospital, with Youth Dynamics Incorporated and with the Helena Police Department. Practical experience combined with extensive laboratory training and rigorous academic course offerings make the department’s curriculum interesting, accessible and meaningful. Sharing Carroll College’s “not for school but for life” philosophy the department strives to engage students in a lifelong endeavor of personal and professional growth that will allow them to spread good work in their families, communities and the world.
Carroll's Psychology Program strives to provide students with the qualities necessary to become successful in their respective fields. In addition to the academic foundation that Carroll provides, Psychology students will also learn to:
1. Develop effective communication, analytical, and critical skills;
2. Establish a solid background in science and the humanities;
3. Acquire an understanding of the major theories, methodologies, applications, and databases the psychologists use to explore why people think, feel, and behave they way they do;
4. And become committed to pursuing advanced skills in a specialized field of Psychology which seeks to improve the human condition.
Carroll values and celebrates your individuality. The small student body allows each student to contribute significantly to campus life, all enveloped within an atmosphere of respect for human worth and dignity. Devoted to lives of research and experts in their fields, Carroll professors will share their insights both in the classroom environment and in the field. They are not here just to teach—they are committed to your success.
The Psychology Program also sponsors a chapter of Psi Chi, the American Psychological Association's national honor society for college Psychology students. Psi Chi provides opportunities for students to become closer to the academic and professional communities in Psychology through conferences, presentations, and special events each year. Psychology students at Carroll may also join the campus Psychology Club.
Psychology is perhaps the most versatile of all degrees as it can prepare you for careers in virtually any endeavor that involves working with and around other people.
With a bachelor degree in psychology students will find employment opportunities in:
College admissions and financial aid counseling, advertising/marketing, child/youth/elder care, community services, consulting services, customer service, employee relations, government services, human resources, law enforcement, personnel services, public relations, social services, substance abuse services, teaching, volunteer services and a host of other human interaction focused activities.
For those who choose to go to graduate school in the field of psychology, professional opportunities can be found in:
Clinical work/therapy/counseling services, research, social work, neuropsychology, testing and assessment, industrial organizational psychology, school psychology, rehabilitation, and sports psychology to name just a few of the most common areas of interest.