Program Overview:

Undergraduate Psychology Major

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior – how people perceive the world, think and act. In addition to the obvious benefits of an understanding of human behavior, the major in psychology emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills as well as practical experience in developing research ideas, analyzing data and communicating results. The psychology major reflects the richness of the field; courses focus on the primary areas of research and instruction—behavior and cognition, clinical, cognitive, personality and social. Core courses survey the field, statistical and research methodologies, and various sub-disciplines, while more advanced courses provide opportunities to explore specific topics in greater depth. Led by faculty who are active researchers, psychology courses at all levels combine the study of people with a focus on the analysis and interpretation of data.

A bachelor's degree in psychology can lead in a variety of directions; the subject is a useful major for students seeking or continuing careers in management and business, education and teaching, marketing and advertising, human resources, research, and consulting. Further study at the graduate level can prepare students for a career as a clinical psychologist. All students will find that the major provides knowledge about human behavior and methods of research that are valuable in a range of professions.

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology
  • Employ critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and scientific approaches to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
  • Write and communicate effectively
  • Exhibit quantitative literacy
  • Recognize the diversity of human experience through sociocultural analysis
  • Understand the ethics of psychological research and practice


Distribution Requirements

Psychology Major Requirements