Why Saint Martin's University?
Note: Psychology is offered in-person at the main (Lacey) campus; it is offered via online at Saint Martin's-JBLM campus.
Psychology at Saint Martin's structures coursework and field placements to integrate experiential learning with rigorous study of psychology, closely aligned with the Benedictine principle of service to others. The program's curriculum provides a broad-based education in psychology that gives students the skills and self-confidence to use a variety of perspectives in their work with people.
- Faculty exclusively staffed by clinical and experimental professionals. All faculty are trained as practitioners as well as researchers.
- One 15-week required internship for all majors in either research or applied tracks.
- Research projects generated and carried out by students. Faculty act as guides.
- Approximately 60 percent of graduates move directly into entry-level social service positions. Remaining graduates pursue advanced degrees in counseling and social work.
- Participation in Psi Chi, the psychology honor society for exceptional students.
- Student leadership opportunities through Saint Martin's Psychology Club.
- Students are encouraged to attend and present at conferences.
Research and internships
Students may take as many as twelve internship credits while completing their degrees. Students pursue internships consistent with their own interests in a variety of settings. These include school counseling, youth outreach, parent and family support, juvenile and adult corrections, drug and alcohol counseling, youth recreation leadership, mental health counseling, case management, social welfare casework, elder services, halfway house and shelter work, vocational rehabilitation, and personnel work.
Undergraduate internship agreement
Internship locations include:
- Community Mental Health Centers
- Correctional facilities
- Thurston County prosecutor's office
- Crisis Clinics
- Haven House
In addition to internship opportunities, Saint Martin’s psychology students are encouraged refine and present their senior capstone research projects at such venues as:
- Western Psychological Association conferences
- American Psychological Association (APA) conferences
- Six credit hours of lower-division courses
- 15 credit hours of upper-division courses
- Drugs, the family and society
- Health psychology
- Psychology and law
- Psychology of religion and spirituality
- Trauma and recovery