The Psychology program at Pitt-Johnstown is designed to produce graduates with the skills and attitudes needed to become professionals in the diverse field of psychology, and to maximize the probability that graduates will be accepted for post-baccalaureate training. Professional attitudes and graduate training are particularly important for those who wish to work in the mental health and human services fields, and current trends indicate that they will become increasingly important over time. A growing number of states require that practicing psychologists be licensed and many state licenses require Masters or Ph.D.-level training in Psychology or a related field. A survey of current Federal and State Civil Service requirements for mental health, counseling, and rehabilitation positions indicates that advancement in these areas generally requires post-baccalaureate training. In addition, students interested in positions in industry, such as personnel work or human factors, or in education, such as special education, educational psychology, or school psychology, will also benefit from a program that equips them for further training.
The Psychology faculty is convinced that the most effective way to achieve these goals is to provide our students with a curriculum which meets the admission requirements of most graduate programs in Psychology, and provides advanced students with as much "hands on" practical experience as possible within the limits set by professional ethics and practical considerations. The program has been designed around the following goals: Those who invest time and effort into the program should have a better than average chance of entering a graduate program in psychology or related areas; those who do not wish to go on to a graduate program should have a better than average chance in competing for baccalaureate-level jobs in the human services fields; finally, and perhaps most importantly in a human services field like Psychology, no student should be able to "drift" through the program without a thorough exposure to the professional and scientific nature of the field. Graduates of the program should also be motivated to continue to learn about psychological issues.