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Do you find yourself trying to “figure out” and help those around you?

The Psychology major at Stevenson University helps students develop a detailed, integrated, and science-based understanding of behavior, including mental processes. As a student in this major, you'll learn how to apply this understanding to have a positive impact on the lives of others.

  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    If you are interested in how humans think, feel, and act, our program will help you develop a scientifically based understanding of behavior and mental processes in both humans and animals.

    There are four components to the program:

    • Clinical application of psychology, where students learn about people with psychological disorders and how to help them
    • Research, where students use science to broaden their understanding of behavior and development.
    • Experiential learning, which includes field placements and internships.
    • Professional development, when students identify career goals and develop the intellectual, interpersonal, and technical skills for obtaining employment or moving on to graduate school

    What Will You Learn?

    • Think critically about major theories, concepts, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
    • Conduct research by choosing appropriate research designs and statistical analyses, interpreting and communicating research results, and applying ethical standards.
    • Help others by using psychological knowledge, counseling theory and skills, and ethical standards.
    • Analyze how sociocultural differences affect personal and professional interactions.
    • Plan and pursue ongoing professional development.

    A complete listing of learning objectives for the Psychology program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    Why Study Psychology?

    To best prepare its students for their future careers, the psychology department offers a broad curriculum, learning experiences and professional activities beyond the classroom, and a high degree of student-faculty interaction and collaboration. This major will give you a detailed, integrated, and science-based understanding of behavior, including mental processes. You'll also learn how to apply this knowledge to benefit human welfare—which you can do before you even graduate through field placements in such organizations as mental health and addiction treatment facilities, forensics and law enforcement, hospitals and medical facilities, nursing homes, educational settings, human resources, and more.

    Career options for recent bachelor's graduates include human services provider, public relations specialist, research assistant, law enforcement officer, research program coordinator, and teacher. You'll also be prepared to enter graduate school; recent graduates are attending M.A. or M.S. programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, pastoral counseling, and counselor education; M.S.W. programs in social work, and Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs in clinical psychology.

    • Learn about how a person's behavior is affected by his or her genetic background, biology, cognitive development, socio-emotional development, and social and cultural environments.
    • Take advantage of the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research, either with an SU faculty member or another research facility.
    • Gain the skills you need to help people solve their personal problems, cope with mental illness, and lead richer, fuller lives.
    • Prepare yourself to enter the working world or pursue graduate study.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    Course Sequence


    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Psychology. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    FYS 100 First Year Seminar
    PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
    PSY 108 Human Growth and Development
    PSY 136 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
    PSY 201 Writing in Psychology
    PSY 205 Career Development I
    PSY 215 Psychopathology
    PSY 230 Basic Counseling Skills
    PSY 260 Behavioral Approaches to Change
    PSY 261 Biological Psychology
    PSY 262 Social Psychology
    PSY263 Cognitive Psychology
    PSY 270 Research Methods and Data Analysis I
    PSY 305 Career Development II
    PSY 333 Tests and Measurement
    PSY 343 Research Methods and Data Analysis II
    PSY 341 Counseling Theories
    PSY 405 Career Development III
    PSY 450 Internship

    Six credits of psychology electives (at least one at the 300-level or above) from among the following:

    PSY 208 Human Sexuality
    PSY 216 Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents
    PSY 250-254 Topics in Psychology
    PSY 326 Special Topics in Cognitive Psychology
    PSY 327 Special Topics in Developmental Psychology
    PSY 328 Special Topics in Personality Psychology
    PSY 329 Special Topics in Social Psychology
    PSY 340 Advanced Counseling Skills
    PSY 350-354  
    PSY 420 History and Systems of Psychology
    PSY 470 Senior Research Thesis

    Last Updated: 06/25/2018

  • Tracks & Minors


    The minor in psychology requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a PSY prefix. Students majoring in counseling and human services may count up to three psychology courses required by the major toward a minor in psychology. Courses ineligible for the psychology minor include:

    • PSY-206 Child Development (except for education majors)
    • PSY-330 Educational Psychology (except for education majors)

    General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

    Last Updated: 06/25/2018

Earn a Minor

Embark on a career in Human Resources. Students majoring in Psychology can prepare for employment in the human resources field with a professional minor in Human Resources, opening doors to careers in human resources management; employee recruitment, training, and development; employee compensation and benefits; or labor relations. 

Professional minors

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Psychology program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Behavior Technician
  • Developmental Disabilities Aide
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Research Assistant

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

career services


Research Opportunities Fall 2018
Help out your fellow psychology students by completing their research! As psychology research opportunities for Fall 2018 obtain approval by the Institutional Review Board, they will be posted on the SU Portal. To access these opportunities, go to the psychology page through the portal and click on the "Research Opportunities" tab. You will find both student and faculty research projects conducted to fulfill requirements for their research courses in psychology. 

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