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.
Bachelor of Arts or 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 outcomes for the Psychology program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
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
The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Psychology. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are provided in the course descriptions.
Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement.
- PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
- PSY 105 Professional Issues in Psychology
- PSY 108 Human Growth and Development
- PSY 201 Writing in Psychology
- PSY 205 Career Development 1
- PSY 215 Psychopathology
- PSY 216 Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents
- PSY 230 Counseling Skills
- PSY 260 Behavioral Approaches to Change
- PSY 261 Biological Psychology
- PSY 262 Social Psychology
- PSY 270 Research Methods and Data Analysis I
- PSY 305 Career Development 2
- PSY 340 Advanced Counseling Skills
- PSY 341 Counseling Theories
- PSY 343 Research Methods and Data Analysis II
- PSY 380 Tests and Measurement
- PSY 405 Career Development 3
- PSY 450 Advanced Research Methods
- PSY 470 Internship
Three credits of psychology electives from among the following:
- 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 350-354 Advanced Topics in Applied Psychology
- MATH 140 Basic Statistics*
Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree under this program. Bachelor of Arts degree students must complete at least two courses in a foreign language at the intermediate level or above.
Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
A minor in Psychology is available. Please see an academic advisor for more information. For specific information regarding minor requirements, please consult the minors section of the catalog. The following courses will not count toward a minor in Psychology: PSY 206 and PSY 330.
Calendar of Events
- J.R. Mitchell Memorial Book Talk Series
- Wed Oct 29
- Greenspring Campus
- Career Opportunities in Psychology & Human Services
- Wed Oct 29
- Greenspring Campus
- Painting in Circles - An Artist Exhibition
- Thu Oct 30
- Greenspring Campus
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.