Psychology at Franklin College

students observing small children, students measuring forehead
In the Franklin College Department of Psychology, you will learn by doing: Conduct your own experiment, create your own personality test, observe children play, or train a shelter dog to help it get adopted. In addition, faculty mentorship helps you chart your individual career path in psychology.

Psychology at Franklin College provides students with active learning across the curriculum. Students will engage with their faculty, each other, and the community as they learn the science of human behavior. Through these experiences, students will develop transferable skills of scientific problem solving, information literacy, communication skills, and working with diversity. A major in psychology opens doors in numerous career fields.

Download the Psychology Major Handout (PDF)

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Departmental Highlights

Operating within the strong liberal arts structure at Franklin College, the psychology program teaches students a scientific way of understanding and solving problems. The psychology program strives to:

  • provide students with a broad knowledge base in psychology
  • engage students in practical applications of that knowledge base
  • enable students to develop methodological competence and ethical sensitivity
  • encourage students to play an active role in their education both inside and outside of the classroom
  • offer mentorship to assist students in gaining employment and admittance into graduate programs

While some psychology majors go on to graduate school within their chosen field, many apply their psychological knowledge to a wide array of careers. A bachelor’s degree in psychology is helpful in the business world (sales, human resources, team management), in public health careers, and in many “helping” professions including social work, behavioral therapy, and education.

3+2 Psychology to MSAT

Franklin College offers an accelerated Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) track in the form of a combined bachelor of arts in psychology and Master of Science in Athletic Training, with the potential to complete both degrees in five years. This cooperative program consists of common core and specific courses required for each particular program, in addition to specific pre-requisites for application to the MSAT program. Upon acceptance to the MSAT program, the fourth year consists of primarily MSAT graduate courses, while also finishing any required undergraduate courses. After completing three years of undergraduate courses and one year in the MSAT program, students graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Franklin College. After completing the second year in the MSAT program, students graduate with their Master of Science in Athletic Training.

Career options for certified athletic trainers

Past students who have obtained a master’s degree in athletic training have secured jobs working in:

  • Secondary schools, colleges and universities, and professional settings
  • Physician offices, clinical settings and hospitals
  • Police and fire departments, and military branches
  • Performing arts
  • Sports and youth facilities
  • Commercial settings (medical devices, protective equipment, pharmaceuticals, etc.)