School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Psychology majors

Dr. Wayne Priest psychology class

Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. It crosses many disciplines including biology, sociology and religion. Students elect to major or minor in psychology to prepare for working with people. By the time they graduate from the program, they will be prepared for graduate work in psychiatric social work, professional training in clinical or counseling psychology, working with families, personnel work in industry, pre-ministry, careers in the not-for-profit sector, working with handicapped individuals, or for careers in teaching and research.

Psychology (liberal arts emphasis)

This major is for students not planning to attend graduate school in psychology. Classes vary according to the individual, but typically include classes such as General Psychology, General Psychology Laboratory, Psychology Propaedeutics, Interpersonal Relationships, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Personality Theory, Philosophical Issues for the Psychologist, and an independent study course or research project.

Psychology (pre-professional emphasis) (37 hours)

The pre-professional psychology major is a recommended sequence geared toward the student who is majoring in psychology and plans to attend graduate school in psychology. The recommended program consists of psychology courses such as General Psychology, General Psychology Laboratory, Applied Statistics and Introduction to Research, Critical Issues and Theory in Psychology, and at least 26 hours from upper-division psychology courses.

What classes will I take?

  • Professional Issues for the Psychologist
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Theory
  • Abnormal Psychology

View the courses required for the Psychology Major.

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

  • Caseworker
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Teacher or Professor
  • Criminal Investigator  


To gain valuable experience, students have an opportunity to work in the psychology department and the local mental-health facilities, and to pursue relevant summer employment or internships.

Independent-study opportunities are available, including the chance to do original research and/or be involved in leading or facilitating assertiveness skills training programs for a variety of personnel, including Girl Scouts, individuals in an abuse shelter, or college leaders.

How can I learn more?

The academic catalog contains additional information such as course descriptions. To set up a meeting with a faculty member in this area, please contact the Admissions Office.