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PSYCHOLOGY

Why Choose Psychology?

The psychology department at Elmira College offers a curriculum that has both strength and variety. Students can select courses that complement their interests and career goals, preparing them to become psychological scientists, mental health practitioners, or professionals in related fields, such as business, medicine, or law.

What Psychology Will Teach You!

The core of the program provides students with solid training in the theoretical viewpoints and empirical methods at the heart of contemporary psychology. Building on this foundation, the flexible curriculum also makes it feasible to combine psychology with other fields of study, such as business, nursing, biology, or criminal justice. The opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member to conduct independent research makes our students highly competitive applicants to graduate school.

Where Psychology Can Take You!

Psychology is both a science and a profession, and the program at Elmira College prepares students to enter either branch of the field. Some students go on to become doctoral trained clinical psychologists, researchers, or professors; others become social workers, school psychologists, or professional counselors trained with a master's degree. Students who combine psychology with other areas of study, such as business, often enter fields such as marketing, public relations, or human resources.

Why Choose Psychology?

The psychology department at Elmira College offers a curriculum that has both strength and variety. Students can select courses that complement their interests and career goals, preparing them to become psychological scientists, mental health practitioners, or professionals in related fields, such as business, medicine, or law.

What Psychology Will Teach You!

The core of the program provides students with solid training in the theoretical viewpoints and empirical methods at the heart of contemporary psychology. Building on this foundation, the flexible curriculum also makes it feasible to combine psychology with other fields of study, such as business, nursing, biology, or criminal justice. The opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member to conduct independent research makes our students highly competitive applicants to graduate school.

Where Psychology Can Take You!

Psychology is both a science and a profession, and the program at Elmira College prepares students to enter either branch of the field. Some students go on to become doctoral trained clinical psychologists, researchers, or professors; others become social workers, school psychologists, or professional counselors trained with a master's degree. Students who combine psychology with other areas of study, such as business, often enter fields such as marketing, public relations, or human resources.

The below links provide a helpful guide to the most current major/minor core courses and electives. Full program requirements and course descriptions are located in the Elmira College Bulletin.

Contacts:


Full-time Faculty:


Instructional Staff:

  • Professor Heather Grinnell-Martz, Instructor of Psychology

The psychology program at Elmira College offers students flexibility in Term III to take electives in the major, complete general education requirements, or explore other areas of interest outside of the major, including travel courses.

Honor Society:

  • Psi Chi - The International Honor Society in Psychology

Clubs:

  • Active Minds - A National Mental Health Organization

Prizes/Scholarships:

  • The Provost's Prize in Psychology - Awarded annually to an outstanding graduate.

Internships:

Students pursue a variety of career-related internships in the local Elmira community, including working for the Economic Opportunity Program, the Compeer Mental Health Support Program, and the Elmira City Public School District. Students also explore summer internships across the country, such as research programs and career shadowing.


Career Opportunities:

Common career paths include: Clinical Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Psychological Research, School Counseling, School Psychology, Social Work, and Sports Psychology, as well as entry into related fields such as Occupational or Physical Therapy.

Cassandra Groth '11

Cassandra Groth '11

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Psychology
Criminal Justice

For me, the psychology program at EC was excellent! Due to the small class sizes, I felt as though the professors were able to get to know me as a person. They helped me learn about the field of psychology and further develop my career goals. The professors were knowledgeable and caring, while also challenging me to excel. They inspired me to publish my research and to apply to graduate school. Now, I am a forensic psychologist doing what I love!