"TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”
– Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016
Sometimes, your passion is your purpose. Grow your purpose into a career with TU's psychology degree. Intended as a solid foundation for research and graduate studies, the program provides classes that range from theories of personality, to abnormal behavior, and from research design to lifespan development. All, to hone your skills for your profession.
The Profession Of Helping Others
If you have an interest in the helping professions and wish to develop broad career flexibility and depth in the discipline of behavioral health, Tiffin University’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Program in Psychology is for you. At Tiffin University, we believe in education for real life, and the psychology major will prepare you to pursue your career of choice.
While many careers in the field of behavioral health require graduate education for licensure and for significant advancement in the field, graduates of this program will be prepared for admission into a wide variety of graduate programs and will learn practical concepts and flexible skills that may be immediately applied in many occupational areas.
Your Psychology Program
Very broadly, psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The psychology program at Tiffin University provides instruction and experience across a broad range of concepts, issues and theories emerging from the scientific study of behavior and experience. The program’s educational foundation will increase your sensitivity to, and understanding of, biological, social, emotional and cognitive processes underlying human thoughts and actions.
A Practical Education For The Real World
According to the American Psychological Association, psychology is a varied field. Graduates of this program will be prepared for admission into a wide variety of graduate psychology, counseling, clinical and/or psychotherapy programs.
Students who complete the courses in the psychology core will also undertake an in-depth study in an area of concentration. You will have your choice of three concentrations: Addictions Counseling, Cross-Cultural & International Psychology, and Human Services:
A student can also take two concentrations or choose a minor, such as forensic psychology, as an additional specialty utilizing electives.
What You Can Expect From Your TU Psychology Degree
Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)
To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.
This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.
Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.
“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police
Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences – 49 hours
Psychology Major – 36 hours
Concentration – 24 hours
Total BA hours 121-123 hours
This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.
On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August
Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October
Introduction to Professional Practices (PSY201) - Majors in human services and psychology learn the career opportunities, problems, methods, and thinking styles of professionals in their fields. Students participate in classroom debates on topics of current concern in modern psychology and human services, practice the writing style of the American Psychological Association, and acquire effective methods for developing a professional résumé. Guest speakers, field trips, and other out-of-class experiences expand students’ understanding of the diversity and challenges of modern behavioral science and practice. This is a writing intensive course.
Theories of Personality (PSY263) - An overview of historical and current theories regarding personality formation and development, and methods of measuring personality characteristics. Psychodynamic, humanistic, behaviorist, trait, and cognitive approaches are discussed.
Lifespan Development (PSY265) - This course takes a life span approach in studying human development from conception through death. Students will examine the major theories and scientific research findings on our physical, cognitive, social, and personality development.
While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies: