Our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is a demanding program that emphasizes a scientific approach to the study of behavior and mental processes supported by research and internships. The psychology major prepares students for graduate work in psychology
and related disciplines, and it provides the foundation for numerous careers in psychology, clinically related fields, and human resources.
We designed our psychology program to develop each student’s individual interests, building on their unique strengths to prepare students for a variety of opportunities after graduation from Bellarmine. The faculty work closely with students to
provide the support and assistance needed to help them identify and meet their career goals.
We offer three program options:
“Ten years ago I stepped onto Bellarmine’s campus a 17-year old soccer player from St. Louis, eager to earn a degree in psychology to help kids with disabilities. Today, I stop onto campus to teach those same lessons to
my very own psychology class. I leave campus to go run my own company as a therapist for children with autism and as the president of Wicked Sheets. How did I get here? One word: Bellarmine. The determination to accomplish these
goals comes with your diploma.”
Alli Truttmann, MA, CPT ‘06President and Founder, Wicked Sheets
Psychology majors have gone on to a broad range of graduate programs in various areas of psychology, medical school, allied health, law school, business administration, and social work. Some of our most recent graduates have pursued graduate degrees at
the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Spalding University, and Indiana University. Many have started careers in human services and human resources immediately after graduation at
such places as Maryhurst, Lantech, Home of the Innocents, Kindred, Mercer, Humana, and YUM! Brands.
We encourage students to join the Psychology Club. The purpose of the Psychology Club is to gather students with an interest in psychology by providing networking opportunities to discuss topics of interest. The Psychology Club also increases student
awareness of careers in psychology. In addition, members participate in at least one volunteer opportunity to show his/her commitment to the Bellarmine community and to the community at large. We also have events such as movie nights, guest speakers,
bake sales, and public awareness booths. Membership is open to all interested students. Our chapter of Psi Chi, the international Psychology honor society, has an annual induction.
Pamela Cartor, Ph.D. (website) (email)Ann Jirkovsky, Ph.D. (website) (
email)Joy Jacobs-Lawson, Ph.D., Chair (website)
email)Stella Kanchewa, Ph.D. (website)
email)Courtney Keim, Ph.D. (website)
(email)Jean Lamont, Ph.D. (website)
(email)Hank Rothgerber, Ph.D. (website)
(email)Christy Wolfe, Ph.D. (website)
Emeritus Faculty: Don Osborn, Ph.D. (website) (email)
The Bellarmine University Psych Bowl Team won the 2017 Kentucky Psychological Association’s Psych Bowl competition, making this their 10th win in the last 12 years! Psychology faculty are actively engaged in research and in supporting research opportunities
for students. Below is a selection of Spring 2017 student research projects presented at the Bellarmine Celebration of Undergraduate Research:
Bellarmine University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.