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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Psychology Faculty

Pictured are: Kelly Filipkowski, Chuck LaJeunesse, Alicia Nordstrom, Marnie Hiester (chair), Chip Hunter

History and Overview of Psychology Department
Planning Your Education in Psychology
Highlights of Psychology Program
Getting Involved



Welcome to the Psychology Department at Misericordia University! This website was designed to provide you with information about our faculty, our major, and our courses. It will also provide answers to commonly asked questions such as "What are the requirements for the major?", "What courses should I take?", and "What special activities and opportunities are available to Psychology majors?". We hope that you find it helpful to you as you progress through your Psychology major or if you are in the process of deciding on a major.




The Psychology program at Misericordia University is still relatively young but is expanding rapidly. Our Psychology major was instituted in 1991 by Dr. Charles LaJeunesse, who was the sole full-time faculty member in psychology at that time. Since then, our Program has grown significantly attracting over 120 majors.  Our current full-time faculty are:

             Kelly Filipkowski:  Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2010)

Marnie Hiester: Department Chair, Professor (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1993)

Chip Hunter: Associate Professor (Ph.D., Princeton University, 1994)

Charles LaJeunesse: Professor (Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1979)

Alicia Nordstrom: Associate Professor (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2004)

The Psychology department is contained within the College of Professional Studies and Social Science and our offices are located on the 3rd floor of McAuley-Walsh Hall. Information of interest to psychology majors and materials on graduate programs can be found on the bulletin boards and literature organizer near the faculty offices. We have a 3 room Psychology Research Lab with a one-way mirror and computer terminals. The lab is used for faculty research, student research, and class projects.




The Psychology department offers both a major and minor in psychology and students will find their experiences in psychology to be interdisciplinary. Students who major in psychology are encouraged to minor in a related field to broaden their educational experience and increase their preparation for a professional career. Psychology students complete their majors with a practicum experience (working in a psychology-related facility in the community) or by conducting an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Students can also join a research group and participate in faculty sponsored research projects.



Students can get involved in psychology on campus by joining one of the student psychology groups. The Psychology Club is open to majors and non-majors in psychology and sponsors several meetings, activities, and service projects throughout the year. The Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology is open to students majoring in Psychology who have completed at least 9 credits in Psychology and meet a GPA and ranking requirement.



 Because our department and class sizes are small, faculty will get to know you and provide you with individualized attention and mentoring.       

 Our curriculum is based on APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines for undergraduate Psychology programs. Required courses will give you a basic foundation in the content and methods of the discipline of psychology.

30 elective credits are built into the major to allow you the flexibility to take additional courses that best meet your needs. Many students choose to complete minors or certificate programs in Mental Health Interventions, Addictions Counseling, Child Welfare Services, or Gerontology.  

Our curriculum will prepare you well for either an entry level job related to psychology or mental health, and/or for graduate study.

In order to help you to decide on career goals, you will take a 2-credit Career Seminar. In the Career Seminar you will: discuss which careers in psychology require a Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or Doctorate; identify your interests and personal strengths; explore various career options; establish career goals; and identify courses and experiences that will best help you to meet these goals.

To help you gain practical experience in the field, we offer a practicum/field experience as part of the curriculum. You will work in a field setting consistent with your interests and career goals. Many students work in local mental health agencies or counseling centers; some work in schools, probation departments, law offices, or human resources departments. 

 To help you gain research experience (which is particularly important for students considering graduate study), we offer courses designed to help you develop skills in designing and conducting psychological research studies.   We also have a Psychology research laboratory. 

For students continuing on to graduate school, we offer a two-semester graduate school preparation sequence to help students learn the steps needed to successfully select programs, take the GRE, complete their applications, and interview. 


 You can join the Psychology Club on campus, a club that unites those students with an interest in psychological issues and ideas. 

 If you excel academically you can apply for admission into Psi Chi- the National Honor Society in Psychology.

 Most Psychology classes emphasize active learning in addition to the delivery of course content through lecture. Multiple modes of teaching are often utilized, such as small group work, papers, projects, debates, in class demonstrations of psychological principles, and computer simulations of psychological research. 



 We hope that you have found this information helpful. If you have any questions about our Psychology Program, please contact Dr. Marnie Hiester, Professor of Psychology, Chair, Psychology Program,570-674-6316,