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College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
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Students majoring in psychology study human behavior and mental process, as both the individual and group levels. This includes studying: The mind, the brain, human and animal social interactions and more. Through our wide range of courses and areas of focus: social, cognitive, abnormal, personality and developmental, students are prepared for a carer in a variety of human service settings.

All Senior Psychology students are required to complete a Senior Seminar Research Project. Students work with one another to design and implement research projects on topics of personal interest.

Students have been able to present their research at the Great Plains Psychology Conference, the Nebraska Psychological Society Conference, and Doane University’s Mind Expo.

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Substance Abuse/Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors
2018 Median Pay: $44,630 per year
Job Outlook: +22% from 2018-28
Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors provide treatment and advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, or other mental or behavioral problems.

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2018 Median Pay: $60,880 per year
Job Outlook: +5% from 2018-28
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2018 Median Pay: $50,090 per year
Job Outlook: +22% from 2018-28
Marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome problems with family and other relationships.

School and Career Counselors
2018 Median Pay: $56,310 per year
Job Outlook: +8% from 2018-28
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Requirements for the Psychology Major:

Complete the following:

Complete the following cognate course:


A maximum of eight internship credits may be counted toward the major with the approval of faculty in the discipline.

Research Assistantship

A maximum of nine credits from PSY 380 - Psychology Research Assistantship (0-3) may be counted toward the major with the approval of faculty in the discipline.

Psych/Soc Club

The Psych/Soc Club at Doane University functions to promote interaction between students interested in the fields of Psychology and Sociology. The Psych/Soc Club at Doane University functions to provide resources and experiences to students regarding their professional careers. Additionally, the Psych/Soc Club will function to provide service opportunities that aide the campus community as well as the broader community focused on social and psychological needs.
Brian Pauwels

Brian Pauwels

Associate Professor

Jocelyn King

Assistant Professor

Past students have collaborated with faculty members in ongoing research through Doane University’s undergraduate summer research program, an honor lab, or through individual work with a professor.

Previous research projects have included topics such as:

  • Social Perception of Sexual Assault Victims
  • Coping Strategies in Reaction to the Break-up of Romantic Relationships
  • Gender Stereotyping
  • Responsibility about Victims of Crime, or Other Negative Events
  • Counterfactual Thinking
  • Barriers to Mental Health Service Utilization in Underserved Populations
Jasmin Sandoval - Biology and Psychology Majors
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Jasmin Sandoval ’18
Biology and Psychology

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