Psychology graduates may choose from a variety of careers, some requiring further study in graduate school. Employment opportunities include private practice, research, mediation, human resources, industrial psychology, education, public mental health, and staff or case work in juvenile homes, welfare, probation, and parole departments. Manchester's psychology program has particular strengths in conflict resolution and diversity training. Workshops and classes are available, as well as peer mediation opportunities. The psychology program blends course work with research and practicum experiences to help students investigate opportunities and challenges in the field. The Mediation and Conflict Resolution Service (MURS) gives students hands on experience with conflict resolution skills. The program is especially strong in the areas of counseling and research. Nearly half of graduating psychology majors go on for a graduate or professional degree.
Field Placement Opportunities
Student Research Projects
Hands-On / Service Learning Opportunities
In addition to the critical thinking, writing, and public speaking skills that psychology majors acquire from their psychology and liberal arts courses, psychology graduates have several distinctive skill sets:
extensive knowledge about human behavior
the ability to conduct research
an appreciation for and active involvement in diversity issues, and
listening skills that can be utilized in everyday, therapeutic, or conflict settings.
Therefore, psychology graduates are well-suited for a wide variety of professional settings, including social service agencies, schools, mental health centers, human resources in businesses, student development in universitys, and non-profit agencies. Some of these and other professions may necessitate additional graduate school work.
Psychology professors regularly teach Social Psychology or Multicultural Psychology as an off-campus course in Jamaica, Hawaii, or France during the three-week January Session. In addition, through Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA), students may choose to study abroad for a semester or an academic year in such locations as: Athens, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; Cheltenham, England; Cochin, India; Dalian, China; Marburg, Germany; Strasbourg, France; Quito, Ecuador; Sapporo, Japan; Xalapa, Mexico; and Derry, Northern Ireland.
Field Placement Opportunities
Psychology majors have interned with a wide variety of professionals, such as: mental health workers, school psychologists, human resource personnel, student development professionals, elementary school counselors, neuro-psychologists, probation officers, hospice workers, residential school counselor, social workers, and marine animal trainers.
Student Research Projects
All psychology majors design and conduct research projects in Research Methods. Students may choose to work collaboratively with 1 to 2 other students or conduct a project independently. In addition to projects that occur on campus, students have chosen to work collaboratively with local community agencies to conduct research to meet a pressing community need. We have collaborated with the Community Foundation of Wabash County and Education for Conflict Resolution as well as with Manchester Elementary School, Manchester Junior High School and Manchester Senior High School to conduct these projects.
In the past five years students have won four awards for their research and received five summer research fellowships. These include one National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, two Indiana Campus Compact Student Fellowships, and two summer research fellowships funded by the Lilly Foundation.
Typically, students who present research at national or regional conferences also take an additional research course, Advanced Research Methods, focused on providing additional education in research and helping them prepare for conference presentations.
RECENT STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Kelly Fogle and Harry Sibert (2010)
The Effects of Service Learning on Retention of Key Concepts in an Introduction to Psychology Course.
Ashley Bright, Josie Frye, Kessie Karg, and Lisa Morgan (2010)
2008 Learning Community at Manchester University
Melissa Piazza and Amber Richey (2010)
The Effects of Body Recall on Older Persons
Jennifer Iannuzzelli (2010)
Islamophobia: The Influence of Knowledge on Comfort
Alyca Lupkin, Katy McFadden, and Brianna Knight (2009)
Political Views of College Students in Relation to Their Parents and Friends
Josie Frye, Kelly Fogle, and Amber Richey (2009)
Influence of Sleep, Study and Alcohol Use on Academic Success in College
Erica Nisley, Rebecca Oren, Melissa Piazza, and Emily Toole (2009)
Education for Conflict Resolution: Teaching Peace Skills to Fourth and Fifth Graders
Natasha Wine Miller, Heather Hannan, Latefa Abdel-Khaleq, and Patricia Thacker (2008)
Learning Communities Benefit Students' Socialization in College
Amy Bricker, Zach Miller, Aubree Walgamuth, and Danielle Walker (2008)
Education for Conflict Resolution in a Prison Population
Manchester University Psychology students have presented their research at national American Psychology Association meetings, the Midwestern Psychological Association meetings, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference, the Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology, the Manchester University Dean's Research Symposium, and the Annual Psychology Research Conference co-sponsored by Bluffton University, Goshen College, and Manchester University.
Students at the 2010 Butler Undergraduate Research Conference
Psychology majors have enjoyed participating in a variety of co-curricular activities and work opportunities, such as: Psychology Society, Psi Chi (The National Honor Society in Psychology), Resident Assistant in a residence hall, Student Orientation Leader, university mediation trainer, research assistant, office assistant, and school peer mediation professional. Service learning in many other sites is also available.
Hands-On / Service-Learning Opportunities
Psychology students receive hands-on, experiential training in applying the principles they are learning by participating in service projects. The service-learning experiences are designed to help students connect psychological concepts to community needs. Students generally choose a project with a recognized service or educational organization (e.g., Vernon Manor, Education for Conflict Resolution, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Timbercrest Retirement Community). In the Introductory Psychology classes all student participate in a service project. These hands-on experiences facilitate student thinking about cognitive, physical and social concerns in the community. They also provide a springboard for class discussion and student research ideas.