Welcome to the Psychology Department at Marshall University!


Letter from the Chair


We are excited that you are here.  To those who are already members of the HERD family, we look forward to getting to know you and to working with you as you reach the goals you have set for yourself.  To those considering becoming a “Daughter or Son” of Marshall, we look forward to helping you make the best decision for you.

Just to share a bit, I have been part of the HERD family for many years, indeed before a lot of you were born!  I began my journey as a Marshall University Psychology major in the eighties and received by BA and MA here.  I then went on to become a Tarheel at UNC-Chapel Hill for my doctorate in developmental psychology and after completing my pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology at Columbus Children’s Hospital, I returned ‘home’ and have been here ever since.

As the chair of the Department, I am excited to encourage you to look at all the Department has to offer.  We have a vibrant diverse faculty who are passionate about educating the next generation of psychologists as well as preparing students in other disciplines to use the foundations of the field to further their careers in other areas.  Our faculty are active, productive scholars with strong commitments and investments in the community.  They are dedicated educators who love nothing more than working with individual students to clarify and reach their goals.  I encourage you to visit our Faculty and Staff page and learn more about what we do and to reach out to faculty members who teach in your interest areas. We are always happy to set aside time to talk about opportunities.

We are a department strongly committed to the principles of diversity, equity, social justice, and respect for all humans.  We are a Safe Space where all are welcome and encouraged to be themselves and to express their uniqueness.  We encourage supportive and respectful learning environments where no discussion is off-limits.  We celebrate our uniqueness in race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, and spirituality.  We encourage not only rhetoric but real work for justice and equity of resources and opportunity for all.  We stand with and for those without voice and we encourage our students to learn to do the same.  We stand for peace.

Our department has a large number of diverse options for majors and minors that can be used for a variety of career preparations.  These include:

BA in Psychology:  This major consists of a strong core of classes across the major disciplines of Psychology and a strong foundation in the Liberal Arts.  In addition to the required 36 hours of Psychology coursework, majors will learn critical thinking and will develop a strong base of knowledge and writing skills across a variety of areas.  Those who select this major often go directly into the job market after their undergraduate degree is conferred or go on to graduate school in a variety of disciplines such as psychology, law, and business.

BS in Psychology:  This major has the same core foundational courses as the BA but students are encouraged to take specific coursework to strengthen their foundations in science and math.  They also trade some of the foundational Liberal Arts courses for science and mathematics courses in other areas.  This major is brand new and prepares students to continue their studies in clinical or research-focused areas of psychology in graduate school and also is a good major for those considering medical school or advanced degrees in research areas such as the neurosciences.   Entrance into other areas may require additional pre-requisite coursework so students in this major with interests outside of psychology are encouraged to consult with appropriate advising to remain on track.

Accelerated Masters Degree:  This option is for junior psychology majors with a grade point average of at least 3.30.  Students in this program have access to graduate coursework at the undergraduate level.  Admission is by application and you can learn more at the Program tab.

MA in General Psychology:  This program provides advanced coursework in psychology for those intending to go on for doctorates or those looking to develop a strong behavioral science background for work in other disciplines.

MA in Clinical Psychology:  This program prepares students to work in the field of Clinical Psychology at the Masters level.  The American Psychological Association recently approved plans to move forward with the accreditation of Masters level programs.  We will watch these developments and keep majors apprised of progress but this change may expand the ability of individuals to practice in other states with a Masters Degree.

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.):  This is a competitive admission program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association and prepares students to work with populations that are in rural areas or are otherwise marginalized and subject to negative impacts of the Social Determinants of Health.  The program has a strong focus in rural practice but ultimately prepares generalist practitioners for work in a variety of settings.

Please click the Program Tab and select the program that interests you to learn more.  Also feel free to stop in Harris Hall 326 and say hello or get more information.  We have a very active department and lots of opportunities for students to become involved and prepare for their career.  Consider joining Psi Chi/Psychology club to get to know your fellow future psychologists better.

In closing, I have spent my career exploring the area of Psychology and I have only barely scratched the surface.  It is a dynamic and evolving field, dedicated to social justice and care of others and developing an understanding of all humans.  Come by and see us.  You will find something here for you.

Best wishes,

Marianna Linz, Ph.D.

Professor/Chair Department of Psychology



What is Psychology?


Psychology is the scientific study of human cognition, affect, behavior, and relationships. Psychologists seek to understand, predict and influence behavior in a variety of ways, including through research, education, counseling, and psychotherapy. Our department, located in Harris Hall on Marshall University’s robust and historic main campus, offers a variety of options to help you become exactly the kind of psychologist you want to be.

Our offerings include both an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts  and Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology .

Interested in taking your education beyond undergrad? Great! We offer the following graduate-level opportunities:

Master of Arts: General  Psychology with additional opportunities for Clinical Emphasis, for School Psychology Emphasis, and for a Statistics certificate.

Post-Master’s for School Psychology: Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

Doctorate: Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

We’d love to have you! Click the Programs tab at the top of this page to review more detailed requirements for each program, or the Advising tab to view our tracks which can guide you in selecting the courses that match your needs. Feel free to contact any of the faculty listed below with questions, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates and additional resources.

Contact Us

Department Chair
Dr. Marianna Linz
Phone: 304-696-2774
Email: linz@marshall.edu

Psy.D. Program
Dr. Keith Beard
Phone: 304-696-2781
Email: beard@marshall.edu

Undergraduate Program
Dr. Melissa Atkins
Phone: 304-696-2779
Email: stinson8@marshall.edu

Psychology Clinic Director
Dr. Penny Koontz
Phone: 304-696-2768
Email: koontz7@marshall.edu

MA Clinical Emphasis Program
Dr. Thomas Linz
Phone: 304-746-8995
Email: tlinz@marshall.edu

MA General Program
Dr. April Fugett
Phone: 304-696-2776
Email: fugett5@marshall.edu

MA School Psychology
Dr. Lanai Jennings
Phone: 304-746-2067
Email: jenningsknot@marshall.edu 

Administrative Secretary Sr.
Nancy Tresch-Reneau
Phone: 304-696-6446
Email: tresch@marshall.edu

Program Assistant III
Tracy Eubank
Phone: 304-696-2785
Email: eubank5@marshall.edu

“the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” – Carl Jung

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Department Announcements

Attention: The deadline for application to the Psy.D. program is December 1 for priority consideration. All materials must be received by this date. Please be sure to allow enough time for materials to arrive by this date.

Applications for admission to the Clinical Psychology Post Master’s Certificate are due by January 31st.

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