Psychology & Social Work


What is it like to study psychology at PUC?

  • Our psychology graduates get jobs with a B.S. in psychology. Many jobs are open to students who have learned to think critically, analyze issues systematically, and who have strong interpersonal skills, all things which our psychology major promotes. For example, our students have gained employment as a research assistant for a community psychologist, a worker at an after school mentoring program, a case worker at a psychiatric facility, a research coordinator at the UC Davis cancer center, and a public relations officer.
  • Psychology students gain hands on experience through our psychology field work program. Through this program students are placed in several local mental health organizations.
  • Some psychology majors decide to continue the study of psychology in graduate school, and some go on to pursue study in law, medicine, or dentistry. Our psychology graduates gain admission to a variety of excellent schools across the nation. We have had students accepted into Columbia and Yale as well as some of the best professional schools of psychology.
  • All psychology majors collaborate with psychology professors on original psychological research.
  • Most psychology majors present their research findings at the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association. Many of our students have won awards at this conference.
  • Our departmental average is over the 95th percentile on the Major Field Achievement Test in Psychology. This is a test given to senior psychology majors at over 180 universities in the United States.
  • Psychology students at PUC learn both in and out of the classroom. Students have numerous opportunities to interact with faculty at social activities in homes, through collaboration on group projects, and by simply stopping by the department to talk.

Department Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will demonstrate respect for the core Department values of free inquiry, diversity, responsible citizenship, and service to God and humanity.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate recognition of the moral tensions, and appreciation of the common values, between the professions and the Christian faith.

Psychology Major Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of psychology.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate competence in information-gathering and synthesis, including research skills, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate high levels of skill in thinking critically.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate effective communication in APA style, writing, speaking, and in interpersonal and collaborative contexts.
  5. Graduates will demonstrate the application of their psychological knowledge and skills in personal, social, and organizational areas.
  6. Graduates will demonstrate realistic understanding of the broad range of career options available to a Psychology Major.

The Psychology Major's Handbook

The purpose of this handbook is to help you get the most out of your psychology major, and to get an early start on planning for a career or graduate school. You will learn what you can be doing now that will help you get accepted into graduate school; what careers you can go into with only a bachelors degree in psychology; and what you should do if you want to be a physician, dentist, or lawyer and still major in psychology.

American Psychological Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct

Adopted by the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives during its meeting, August 21, 2002, and was effective beginning June 1, 2003.

The Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct is intended to provide specific standards to cover most situations encountered by psychologists. It has as its goals the welfare and protection of the individuals and groups with whom psychologists work and the education of members, students, and the public regarding ethical standards of the discipline.