Academic Building, HC 219
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Fairfield, CT 06825
The Psychology Program at Sacred Heart University provides its students with a basic foundation in the scientific study of human behavior. This background is of value to two groups of students: those who enter the employment market after completion of the baccalaureate degree, and those who further their education through graduate study and pursue a career in psychology or a related field.
The Psychology department at Sacred Heart is the largest undergraduate program at the university. The department serves approximately 500 full-time and 50 part-time psychology majors, and provides students with an excellent foundation in research methodology and a broad exposure to many different areas of psychology.
The Psychology major includes courses on conducting experimental research, and provides internship opportunities and a wide range of elective courses covering many different areas of interest. The department also offers a minor and an associate degree in psychology.
All psychology majors take four courses in research methods, in which they learn to do primary research by working on a real data collection project. These research courses are taught exclusively by full-time faculty members, and often involve having students participate in the ongoing research being conducted by these faculty members. Students are involved in all phases of the research process, and these research projects often result in publications in professional journals, such as The Journal of Social Psychology, Endocrinology Social Development, and The Journal of Genetic Psychology. Furthermore, students often have the opportunity to present the results of these studies at local, regional, and national conferences. Recent research topics include infant brain development, attachment styles, children's peer relationships, and attitudes toward stigmatized individuals.
Students may choose from a wide variety of electives on such topics as psychological counseling, abnormal psychology, drugs and behavior, psychology of women, sports psychology, and many others. These electives are taught primarily by full-time faculty, and some are taught by adjunct faculty who are well-known experts in their fields. Psychology majors also do a semester-long internship in a setting (educational, social service, etc.) that fits with each student's personal career goals. Students also can gain real-world experience through the community service components that are part of several psychology classes.
SHU Team Collaborates on Body-Image Research Published in Journal of American College Health
June 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In its May issue, the Journal of American College Health has published a paper authored by a team of Sacred Heart University professors and personnel, including a chart of body types that could change the way body-image studies are conducted.
Seven Faculty Members Awarded Tenure
June 2, 2015
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s faculty was celebrated recently at the University’s annual Faculty Reception. During the ceremony, University Provost Laura Niesen de Abruna announced that seven faculty members have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees. They are Kwamie Dunbar of Oxford, Anna Greer of Bridgeport, Dawn Melzer of Trumbull, Heather Miller-Kuhanek of Southington, Patrick Morris of Norwalk, Christopher Kelly of Hamden and Mary Treschitta of Fairfield.
SHUsquare to Enhance Teaching and Learning Across Disciplines
September 26, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s SHUsquare website made its official debut on September 10 at a meeting attended by first-year students and faculty in the Fairfield campus’ Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. Marie Hulme, an English instructor and director of SHUsquare, which has been described as a “Virtual Public Square,” introduced the new and exciting initiative. She told the audience that SHUsquare is “a social media platform that allows students and faculty to keep conversations going beyond the classroom and a place of intellectual connectivity.”