Psychology at Carroll College



The Psychology Department seeks to support the betterment of humanity and the world via collaborative exploration of the human experience. We seek not only to discover how human beings best learn and thrive - but also how to change the lives of those with the greatest challenges.
The Psychology at Carroll College is truly unique. Characterized by small class sizes, specialized faculty members, and hands-on learning, our program simultaneously encourages academic excellence and life-changing experiences.

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About the Program

Here, you can learn to rock climb and paddleboard in Montana’s only Experiential/Adventure Therapy course, earn a career-defining Neuroscience Minor, and build lifelong friendships through participation in our highly-active Psychology Club. Or perhaps you’ll Study Abroad in India, Japan, or Norway; road-trip with peers and faculty members to prestigious national conferences; and/or spend your weekends kayaking with the Carroll Adventure and Mountaineering Program. Finally, our departmental emphasis on High-Impact Practices means that you'll be encouraged to conduct publishable research and complete a prestigious internship with nationally-recognized organizations like Shodair Children’s Hospital, Intermountain, Youth Dynamics, and Florence Crittenton Home

At Carroll, the future is yours to choose. And because our Psychology Department is well-integrated and close-knit, you’ll make your decisions alongside encouraging peers and with the support of enthusiastic faculty members who care deeply about your future and your well-being. You'll learn meaningful topics in exciting ways, eventually leaving our program with both the expertise and the life experience to secure the career - and life - that you deserve. 


The Carroll Difference

Carroll's Psychology Department is known for its collaborative and engaging approach to education. Students learn via a rich diversity of experiences - from collaborative classroom activities to brain dissections, foreign study excursions, community service, and wilderness excursions. Here, students don't simply learn about what it means to be human: they experience it directly.

The Psychology Department is deeply engaged in experiential learning. Students regularly participate in collaborative group activities, outdoor workshops, clinical case examples, brain imaging studies, research, and real-world evaluations of treatment interventions. We recognize that many students learn best via hands-on experience, and work hard to teach in a manner that is as interesting as it is valuable. 


The Possibilities  

The field of psychology is characterized by opportunities to make a real difference in the world, and offers a variety of avenues for doing so. Whether you choose to change lives via clinical work, conduct cutting-edge research, or consult with large organizations, you’ll graduate with a sought-after expertise that elegantly combines science and human service in order to strengthen the human condition. Graduates of our program consistently earn acceptance into respected graduate programs like Pacific University, the University of Montana, and the University of Oregon, and identify their time at Carroll as integral to both their graduate school and professional successes. But more importantly, our students describe their time at Carroll as empowering them to change the world.   

Should you choose to join us, you’ll leave here prepared for a career in anything from mental health and substance use treatment, to advertising, sales, human resources, public relations, law enforcement, or teaching. In other words, you’ll leave here with the tools to make a difference, and with the expertise necessary to ensure that you are well-paid for doing so.


"If you are interested in psychology at all, you MUST take psychology courses at Carroll College. Not only are the available courses diverse and fascinating, the professors teach with such a passion and utilize their broad range of experience and knowledge to provide the best education experience possible. The faculty within the psychology department will do anything to ensure their students are set up for success.The Psychology Department is by far the best educational program offered at Carroll College."

Sarah Swingley Helena MT, (Class of 2021-Winter)

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Tori Johnston discusses her internship at Shodair Childrens Hospital, where she got-to-run a group of student patients.

"Because it is AWESOME! Students develop numerous skills such as counseling practice, writing scientific papers, and running participants in research labs. I deeply feel that I am ready for the next stage in life after going through the psychology program at Carroll College and I'm excited for what is to come. Come and join our psychology family here at Carroll!"

Hannah Lesnick Kent, WA (Class of 2021)

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Hannah Lesnick discusses her experience of being a TA for the psychology department.

"Any degree can prepare you for a career, but a degree in psychology prepares you for a career while shaping the way you think. Learning these lessons doesn't just help for a career; developing these characteristics helps psychology students to have a healthy, happy life".

Anna Wurzer Fargo, ND (Class of 2021)

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Rachel Bectchel discusses her undergraduate research project conducted at Carroll College.

"A student at Carroll should choose to study psychology because it is applicable to everything we do. In every profession, people work with people and I think that a layer of understanding and empathy comes from learning about how people think. Even just a psych minor can be so beneficial to any major."

Payten Somes Spokane WA, (Class of 2022)

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