Penn State Fayette adds psychology degrees for fall 2014

May 19, 2014

Students interested in psychology will have two new baccalaureate degree options available to them at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, beginning this September.

“We are very happy to be expanding our academic portfolio at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, by adding the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in psychology,” said Arlene Hall, interim chancellor. She continued, “Psychology is a broad field that prepares students for a variety of careers. The major teaches students about life processes and patterns, data synthesis and analysis, research, interpersonal skills, human development and more.”

The psychology major at Penn State Fayette is intended for students who want to learn about human behavior, scientific research methods and how psychology may be used to solve real-world problems. Students take coursework in various areas of psychology, including clinical psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology.

During the fourth year, students will choose a capstone course from one of several options: an internship in a professional setting, a senior seminar on an integrative topic or a research or senior thesis project.

The bachelor of arts in psychology prepares students with a basic background in psychology as well as a broad liberal arts foundation, including competence in a foreign language. This major prepares students for careers in clinical settings, social service agencies, research institutes or businesses. Students may also go on to graduate school or professional school in psychology, human services or business.

The bachelor of science in psychology also prepares students with the basics in psychology; however, it offers two options to prepare students for their specific career goals. The science option offers coursework in anthropology, biology, bio-behavioral health and chemistry. This option is suited for careers in biological, developmental and clinical psychology. The business option offers coursework in business, leadership and marketing, and prepares students for careers or graduate study in business, human resources, marketing or organizational psychology.

Hall noted that many career options are available to job-seekers with a psychology degree from Penn State. She said, “Students majoring in psychology are often able to find jobs in very diverse fields because of the transferrable skills they acquire in the program. Our admissions staff is prepared to answer any questions regarding the psychology programs as well as the nearly 160 majors offered by Penn State,” said Hall.

For more information about the new psychology degrees or any other degree program offered by the University, call the Penn State Fayette Admissions Office at 724-430-4130, send email to or visit

Last Updated May 20, 2014