To inquire about this program:
Dr. Gary Verna| 423.869.6773 | [email protected].

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.  For a detailed account on the current job prospects for mental health counselors in the U.S. labor market please see here: U.S. Department of Labor Statistics; Mental Health Counselors.

At LMU, Psychology students learn to apply psychological knowledge and theory to benefit the individual, community, and democracy.  The program encourages the development and application of psychology knowledge in the broadest possible manner by developing skills in research and in real-world application of research findings.


Special Features

Students in the Psychology program are engaged in a well-rounded curriculum that examines multiple aspects of behavior including biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental and social.  The faculty-to-student ratio creates an environment of genuine support and individual attention, while the challenging academic program truly prepares students for employment or advance studies following graduation. 


Four Year Plan

Psychology- Four Year Plan

In addition to the general psychology track, tracks are also available in Practice,

Research/Cognitive, and Pre-medical.


Course Offerings

Courses necessary for a psychology major at LMU exceed the requirements of the American Psychological Association.  Psychology course offerings include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
  • Research in Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • History and Systems in Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychological Tests and Measurements


Many students choose Psychology as a minor, or seconday field of study, that can enhance career opportunities in a wide variety of professions. The required courses for a Pscyhology minor are:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Child & Adolescent Development or Adult Development
  • Adult Development
  • Research in Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • One additional psychology elective


Internship Opportunities

Psychology faculty guide students toward a variety of valuable, practical internships in the field of mental health counseling at multiple facilities including:

  • Blount Memorial Hospital Emotional Health & Recovery Center, Maryville, TN
  • CRCC Centers, Middlesboro, KY and Corbin, KY
  • Helen Ross McNabb Center Children & Youth Center, Knoxville, TN
  • Knox County Detention Facility, Knoxville, TN
  • Pineville Schools, Pineville, KY
  • Peninsula Lighthouse Center, Knoxville, TN
  • Peninsula Psychiatric Hospital, Alcoa, TN
  • Tennova Hospital A&D Unit, Knoxville, TN


Career Opportunities

Psychology graduates often find employment in entry-level mental health counseling positions and also in fields such as marketing, human resources, public relations, case management, sales, rehabilitation, education, administration support, health care, probation and parole.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, job prospects for mental health counselors are particularly good for those living in rural areas or other communities that are underserved by mental health practitioners.  For more detailed information on current job prospects in the U.S. labor market please see here: U.S. Department of Labor Statistics; Mental Health Counselors


Alumni Success

Our graduates are working in mental health areas that include:

  • Community mental health
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Corrections
  • Child and family services
  • School psychology and school counseling
  • Social services
  • Residential treatment facilities


Clubs & Organizations

Our majors can participate in a variety of activities through membership in the Psychology Club and may qualify for membership in Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology.