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Deepen your Understanding in Human Behavior 


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.

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:

  • Students study the content of the major subdisciplines within psychology. Through studying these subdisciplines and their associated theories, research methodologies, and scientific findings, students learn how behavior is affected by an individual’s genetic background, physical state, cognitive and socioemotional processes, and cultural environment.
  • The content of psychology is based on science; therefore, majors begin to understand, evaluate, and apply research. They also have the opportunity to design and participate in research.
  • Psychology students learn about psychological disorders and the clinical application of psychology. They develop the knowledge and skills to help others solve personal problems, develop professional opportunities, and lead richer, fuller lives.
  • Students identify their career goals, plan the appropriate career paths to achieve those goals, learn professional ethics, and acquire skills essential to their professional interests. Psychology majors develop the intellectual, interpersonal, and technical skills to obtain employment relevant to their degree or to pursue graduate studies.

Graduates of the Psychology program will:

  • Think critically about major theories, concepts, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Conducting research by choosing appropriate research designs and statistical analyses, interpreting and communicating research results, and applying ethical standards.
  • Helping others by using psychological knowledge, counseling theory and skills, and ethical standards.
  • Analyzing how sociocultural differences affect their personal and professional interactions.
  • Planning and pursue their ongoing career and/or professional development.


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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Psychology Majors

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.

Courses and Tracks


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 1 credit
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
PSY 108 Human Growth and Development 3 credits
PSY 136 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4 credits
PSY 201 Writing for Psychology 3 credits
PSY 205 Career Development I 1 credit
PSY 215 Psychopathology 3 credits
PSY 230 Basic Counseling Skills 4 credits
PSY 260 Behavioral Approaches to Change 3 credits
PSY 262 Social Psychology 3 credits
PSY 305 Career Development II 1 credit
PSY 355 Experimental Design and Analysis I 4 credits
PSY 363 Cognitive Psychology 3 credits
PSY 370 Biological Psychology 3 credits
PSY 450 Internship 3 credits
PSY 455 Experimental Design and Analysis II 3 credits
PSY 480 Senior Seminar: Diversity in Psychology 3 credits


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

PSY 208 Human Sexuality 3 credits
PSY 216 Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents 3 credits
PSY 250-254 Topics in Psychology 3 credits
PSY 326 Special Topics in Cognitive Psychology 3 credits
PSY 327 Special Topics in Developmental Psychology 3 credits
PSY 328 Special Topics in Personality Psychology 3 credits
PSY 329 Special Topics in Social Psychology 3 credits
PSY 333 Tests and Measurement 4 credits
PSY 340 Advanced Counseling Skills 4 credits
PSY 341 Counseling Theories 3 credits
PSY 350-354   3 credits
PSY 405 Career Development III 1 credit
PSY 420 History and Systems of Psychology 3 credits
PSY 470 Senior Research Thesis 4 credits

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.


Minors and Other Options

Minors and Other Options

Minor in Psychology 

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.

Minors at Stevenson

BA Option

Students also have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. The student must fulfill all SEE requirements, program requirements, and complete two semesters of a foreign language from the point of placement or completion of 202 level.

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