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Why Study Psychology in America?

Dr Rhett Diessner from Lewis-Clark State College tells i-studentglobal why students should consider studying Psychology in the USA.


Why Study Psychology in America?

One good reason to consider studying psychology in America is the choices it offers: there are more colleges offering Psychology degrees than any other country in the world. But it’s not just quantity; America has many of the best Psychology programs in the world, and even in the smaller colleges in America the Psychology programs are excellent. There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in America in which a student can take Psychology courses. Likewise, there are close to 2,000 universities offering Masters and PhD degrees in Psychology and Counseling.

Studying Psychology can be a very satisfying experience. Most Psychology majors become counselors and spend their life helping others.  Research shows that having a meaningful life is much more conducive to true happiness than making a lot of money. However, as a clinical psychologist in America, one can have a meaningful life of serving others and still make a very comfortable living. A Psychology degree can also lead to an excellent job in the business world. Every large business has a Human Resources (HR) department, and HR loves to hire Psychology majors. In another direction, a Psychology degree is an excellent degree for applying to medical school. General practice physicians know that 40-80% of their work with patients is psychological work and medical school admit many Psychology majors every year.

Psychology at Lewis-Clark State College

Why Study Psychology at Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC)?

LCSC has an excellent Psychology program taught by highly motivated, caring, intelligent professors. Unlike many large universities, in which the professors are devoted to securing research grants, performing research, and typically not having as much time for their undergraduate students, LCSC professors find their lives fulfilled by being outstandingly effective teaching professors. LCSC students rate their Psychology professors very highly in the anonymous student course evaluations every semester. LCSC offers an internship program for every qualified Psychology major. This means that, during your senior year, you will be placed in a real agency, working with a real psychologist, doing real psychological work (such as counseling). We also have a very strong sequence of research courses, which prepare you to understand and perform research. Due to experiencing both an internship program and a research program at LCSC, our students find themselves to be much better prepared to be successful in graduate school than many of their cohorts. Nearly all (over 90%) LCSC Psychology majors either secure employment upon graduation or are accepted into master's programs in Psychology and Counseling.


The Beautiful Campus of Lewis-Clark State College

Lewis-Clark State College is a public institution (i.e. it is governed by the State of Idaho) that was founded in 1893. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of over 3,600 students and a very beautiful campus situated on 46 acres (.2 square km). In 2016-2017 international student tuition and fees is $17,620 with a $3,500 scholarship for all students with GPA 2.5 or better. After 1 semester at LCSC, based on GPA, this can rise to $5000 per year. The reputable magazine U. S. News and World Report ranked LCSC as the 5th best 4-year public college in the entire Western United States (which includes such large states as California and Texas). Parents love LCSC because it is in the small town of Lewiston (population in twin cities of Lewiston and Clarkston is just 55,000), in semi-rural Idaho, far, far away from the dangers of a big city. 

The Location of Lewis-Clark State College

Location of Lewis-Clark State College

LCSC is situated in the beauty of wild nature in the American Wild West. The campus is five-minute walk from the great Snake River, one of -longest and largest rivers in America and boasts a canyon that, upstream from LCSC, is deeper than the Grand Canyon.


Snake River Canyon

LCSC is also only a 15-minute walk from the beautiful Clearwater River, near where it flows into the Snake River.


Clearwater River

Additionally, the LSCS campus is only a 30-40 minute drive away from lovely Craig Mountain and Lake Waha.


Lake Waha on Craig Mountain, above 1000 meters

The Psychology Faculty at Lewis-Clark State College

Psychology Faculty at Lewis-Clark State College

LCSC’s greatest strength is not the natural beauty that surrounds it, but its faculty. The psychology faculty are award-winning teaching-scholars that are student-centered, friendly, supportive, and maintain high standards of educational excellence.


Dr. Rachelle Genthôs is our social psychologist. She will teach you everything you need to know about human interaction. She also teaches our courses on research methods, the history of psychology, and evolutionary psychology.


Dr. Rhett Diessner is our developmental psychologist, teaching courses on child development, positive psychology, and the psychology of sustainability (environmental-ecological).

Dr. Teri Rust (photo not available) is our statistics psychologist.  Some psychology majors do not enjoy numbers (after all, their goal is to become psychotherapists, not number-crunchers); but Dr. Rust has a fine reputation for helping students that are weak in mathematics come to a strong understanding of statistical concepts.


Dr. Judith St. Louis is our Addiction Studies expert. At LCSC you can complete a minor in Addiction Studies (ADS) and become a certified addictions counselor. You will have the bounty of taking many classes from Dr. St. Louis if you pursue this minor (which is a very good idea, as there are many jobs for addictions counselors; and in counseling psychology you will encounter many clients that also have chemical dependency issues).

If you have any questions about the LCSC psychology program please email Dr. Diessner, Psychology Program Coordinator, and you will promptly receive a response.