Program Introduction

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology apply the science of understanding and explaining thoughts, emotions and behavior to solving real-world problems. Topics include stress, biological influences on behavior, growth and development of children and diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Elective courses may be used to specialize in a number of areas of psychology and to gain hands-on experience in research labs. The degree prepares students for graduate school and employment in a range of fields, including clinical, applied and experimental areas of psychology and related fields such as education, law, human resources and health care.


The Psychology major comprises the following optional concentrations:

  • The Child Psychology concentration is designed for students who are interested specifically in children and adolescents. Topics include child development, psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence, children's cognitive processes, personality development and child-related research experience. The concentration prepares students for graduate study and employment in a range of fields, including clinical psychology, school psychology, school counseling and employment in settings such as child development centers and related agencies. 
  • The Counseling Careers concentration is designed to prepare students for employment in a range of fields and for master's-level study in all fields of counseling. Topics include human adjustment, stress and coping, human development, personality, psychological disorders, treatment and intervention techniques, psychometrics, psychopharmacology and clinical or counseling-related research experience.

Students interested in other career paths within psychology may pursue the major without a concentration.

This Program is Right for You if You

  • have good research and writing skills;
  • are a good problem-solver;
  • have well-developed, higher level thinking abilities for analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information.

This Program Will Teach You To

  • Describe the basic theoretical perspectives, principles, concepts, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand and use fundamental data analysis techniques.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods/tools in psychology and evaluate the adequacy of research designs.
  • Write effectively in the discipline.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.