University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown


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Pitt-Johnstown’s psychology major prepares students for a wide variety of professions as well as for graduate study. Our graduates have gone on to treat individuals and families in clinical and counseling settings as well as to conduct cutting-edge research at major research institutions. Many graduates use their understanding of behavior and thought to advance themselves in careers in the business world.

Psychology courses at Pitt-Johnstown emphasize the theoretical, research, and applied foundations of this broad field. Pitt-Johnstown’s psychology faculty are actively involved in their profession. They bring contemporary real-world perspectives into their classrooms.

We are committed to providing a highly engaging hands-on experience to psychology students.  Many students complete internships in our community or their own communities during the summer.  Students also work side by side on research studies with their professors. Many present their research at conferences as well as publish their research in journals. These opportunities provide students with a distinctive edge when entering graduate programs in psychology or related areas, or competing for jobs in the human services fields.

Our graduates have established successful careers in areas including behavioral health, crisis response, law enforcement, rehabilitation services, education (special education, educational psychology, or school psychology), community relations, human resources, social work, and advocacy. Many of our students seek graduate-level training in psychology or a related field. Our students are well prepared for 2-year and 4-year programs in all areas of psychology and counseling.

Psychology graduates are sought in fields like statistics, probation and corrections, public relations, health education, social work, human resources, recreational therapy, and physician assisting. Students seeking careers in these areas of applied psychology might also benefit from a program that equips them for further training.


Stephanie Jimenez, PhD
Department Chair
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First-Year Schedule

A sample of the likely first-year schedule for students in Pitt-Johnstown’s psychology major.

Fall Term
  • Freshman Writing Seminar
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • College Algebra
  • Elective offering
Spring Term
  • Freshman Writing II
  • Follow-up Psychology Course
  • General Biology I and lab
  • Elective Offering

Please note that courses and course titles are subject to change.