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:
- The addictions counseling concentration provides the hands-on skills and clinical education in problems of substance use, abuse and dependence, as well as other related and co-occurring mental health addictive issues. The addictions counseling concentration is designed to meet the educational requirements for Chemical Dependency Counselor licensure status, as well as the international certification standards in Addiction Counseling.
- The cross-cultural and international psychology (CCIP) focuses on communication and collaboration among people worldwide in the areas of teaching, research, practice and public service. The goals of the CCIP program include improving international relations, addressing global problems through internationally cooperative efforts, promoting social justice, capacity building and assessing cultural interdependency.
- The experimental psychology is only available as a seated program.
- The human services concentration offers an applied psychological and interdisciplinary understanding of personal and social problems often encountered in contemporary society, and it is designed primarily for students who intend to pursue careers in psychological and social service related fields. Through its combination of coursework, internship and self-directed study, this program prepares you for immediate employment in a wide variety of helping professions, and serves as a foundation for admission to applied graduate study in the mental health and community service related fields.
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
- Graduates will be prepared for admission into a wide variety of non-practitioner, graduate psychology programs and paraprofessional roles.
- Graduates will understand practical concepts and skills that may be applied immediately in many occupational contexts.
- Graduates will demonstrate broadly based knowledge of psychological issues and concepts, psychological theories, therapeutic practices, research methods, ethical issues and practices, and multicultural awareness.
- Graduates choosing the addictions counseling concentration will have fulfilled a large part of the requirements for licensure by the state of Ohio as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.
- Graduates choosing the human services concentration will be prepared for applied careers in social or psychological service-related fields and admission into a graduate counseling, clinical psychology, human services, social work, or other practitioner or behavioral health degree program.
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