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Mansfield University... Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Department of Psychology



What Can I Study?


Degree Programs

The Psychology Department offers five concentrations (General Psychology, Counseling, Mind/Body Health, Lifespan Development, and Human Resource Management).

Counseling: 

The Counseling Psychology Concentration is for students considering careers in counseling or other applications of Psychology to helping people in clinical and human service settings.

General Psychology:

The General Psychology Concentration is for students who want a broad exposure to the sub-disciplines within Psychology. Majors in the General Psychology concentration may not choose a 2nd concentration.

Human Resource Management:

A second concentration in the Psychology Department is Human Resource Management. This course of study is designed to provide foundation skills necessary to fulfill newly emerging and traditional roles in personnel administration and human resource management. Preparation includes a background in traditional personnel administration skills, such as interviewing and hiring, evaluation of progress and potential, and increasing work efficiency. Additional, less traditional, preparation is directed toward fulfilling demands from business and industry for human resource managers who can perform various supportive roles for employees. For example, in recent years many organizations have implemented employee assistance programs which recognize the social and personal needs of employees.

Lifespan Development:

The Lifespan Development Concentration is for students interested in careers that focus on children or other age specific groups in the human lifespan. This concentration will serve as a strong foundation for those who want to pursue advanced studies in developmental psychology or in services to children, adolescents, or aging populations in schools and other applied settings.

Mind/Body Health

The Mind/Body Health Concentration is for students interested in the interface between psychological and physical aspects of human beings. Students in this concentration might pursue careers in health applications of psychological science.


With the exception of General Psychology, a summary of the course requirements for each concentration is located on the link below:

Map of Psychology course guide.

For specific requirements, please see the online MU Undergraduate Catalog.

All of our concentrations require students to develop a basic knowledge of the methods of psychological research, because this is crucial to an understanding of much of the literature in psychology and related behavioral sciences. The tracks require students to study the basic areas of psychology through a selection of core courses.

If you are unsure which concentration is for you or how to plan your selection of courses, arrange to meet with the department chairperson (Dr. Murray) for suggestions or seek help from any other department member with whom you may be familiar. We will be glad to help you!

Minor Programs

Students have the option of two minors in Psychology. The Minor in Psychology is 21-22 credit hours with two options: one designed for students planning careers in the helping or business professions, and one designed for those interested in pursuing more graduate work or research. Dr. J. Dennis Murray is the advisor for the Psychology Minor. Catalog Description

The Minor in Human Development is 18 credit hours and provides a focus on human development throughout the life span. It may be of interest to students in Education, Social Work, or related fields. Dr. Karri Verno is the advisor for the Human Development minor. Catalog Description

To plan a minor, students should consult with the appropriate minor advisor. When a minor has been declared, the Registrar's Office will maintain a record of your coursework in the particular minor.

General Education

The University's general education program complements your major in psychology. It is designed to provide you with a foundation for lifelong learning and to enable you to cope with a rapidly changing world as a responsible citizen.

For specific requirements for the General Education Program, please see the MU Undergraduate Catalog.