Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Pre-Art Therapy

Psychology, the study of behavior and cognitive processes, is a diverse field, and the Shawnee State University's psychology program reflects that diversity with courses in a range of disciplines including developmental, social, clinical, cognitive, and biological psychology. Psychology is an immensely useful field of study, giving the student new insights into the ways that people feel, think, and behavior, as well as, the tools and methods to study these processes.

Art therapists are mental health professionals who use the creative process of art in order to improve the mental and emotional well-being of their clients. Art therapists work with persons of all ages and walks of life. Art therapists believe that the creative art-making process can be used to help people to satisfactorily resolve a wide variety of mental and emotional conflicts and problems. Art can help improve interpersonal skills, reduce stress and increase self-esteem. Art therapists work in a variety of media including drawing, painting, and sculpture.

The psychology pre-art therapy curriculum integrates pre-requisite coursework required for admission to a master of art therapy degree program with a traditional psychology major.

Degree Requirements Checklist

Degree Checklist (PDF)

Degree Requirements (PDF)

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This degree is coordinated by Dr. Rhoni Maxwell-Rader, Professor of Psychology. For additional information please contact Dr. Maxwell-Rader at (740) 351-3094 or


Career Examples

The psychology pre-art therapy curriculum is designed to provide psychology majors with additional coursework necessary for entrance to master of art therapy programs.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art as its primary mode of communication. It is practiced by licensed Art Therapists who work with clients of all ages. These clients may display a wide range of diagnoses including emotional, behavioral or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, brain-injury or neurological conditions and physical illness.

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