The Department of Psychology's undergraduate program educates students in the major research findings and theories in the field of psychology and trains them to use an empirical approach for understanding human behavior. The program provides students with broad exposure to the basic concepts, theories, findings, and ethical issues of psychology; education in the scientific method including hands-on research opportunities; strong critical thinking and written communication skills, including the ability to evaluate and convey the evidence for claims regarding human behavior; and applied experience through internship and practicum opportunities at partnering organizations.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Develop skills in critical thinking, research design and statistical analysis.

  2. Develop effective communication skills in speaking and writing.

  3. Gain a broad understanding of scientific explanations for human behavior.

  4. Learn to be ethically and socially responsible in a diverse world.

  5. Build a foundation for many different career paths.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Psychology may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Psychology provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Hospitals, rehab facilities and healthcare providers

Market research firms and public relations

Media, communication and journalism

Large corporations (e.g. for human resource management)

Schools and educational institutions

Federal, state, and local government agencies

Colleges and universities

Nonprofit agencies

Private research organizations

Consulting firms and think tanks
Alumni Jobs


Data analysts

Human resource managers

Law enforcement

Liability and coverage investigator

Vocational manager

Special education coordinator


Behavioral therapist

Policy advisor
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
Introductory courses (201-202)

2nd Year
Methodology courses (301-303) and/or core courses (304-309)

3rd Year
Remainder of methodology/core course and specialty courses (400s)/ interest seminars

4th Year
Remainder of specialty courses, honors courses/interest seminars

Major Credits
Required   44
Electives 12

Total 56

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking

Data analysis

Experimental research

Understanding and communicating complex scientific facts

Counseling and therapy


Human resources

Interpersonal skills

Marketing research and analysis

Experiential learning opportunities

Research (lab/fieldwork)

Career-oriented courses

PSY 401 & 409

Peer programs
Specialized Courses



Psychology and Law

Intimate Relationships


Group Dynamics

Cultural Psychology

Psychology of Trauma
Add A Minor Or Certificate



Communication Disorders


Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

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