Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Psychology is the science of human behavior and mental processes.
Our psychology major curriculum is grounded in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major.
At a Glance
- Dynamic curriculum blends academics and real-world applications.
- Enthusiastic, dedicated faculty with broad expertise.
- Faculty-student collaboration in classroom and research.
- Two optional concentrations available for interested students:
- Behavioral Neuroscience
- Diverse internship opportunities.
- Individual senior research projects with one-on-one mentoring.
- Strong preparation for career and graduate studies.
Saint Joseph’s psychology degree is grounded in the APA’s guidelines, with a particular focus on:
- Providing students with a broad understanding of psychology’s core areas, including: learning, cognition, personality, social processes, and human development.
- Teaching students to understand and apply scientific thinking and research methods to psychological questions, and to extend these critical thinking skills to other areas of endeavor.
- Introducing students to applied areas of psychology, e.g., clinical, counseling, health, and educational psychology.
- Instilling in students the values of scientific psychology, e.g., intellectual curiosity, respect for empirical evidence, ethical action, appreciation of human diversity, and social responsibility.
This optional concentration is designed for students with a particular interest in careers in clinical/counseling psychology and other areas of mental health and human services. The concentration provides a solid foundation for graduate work or employment in these fields.
Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration
This optional concentration focuses on the biological determinants of human behavior, and is designed for students with a particular interest in the complex interactions between the brain and the environment and their impact on behavior. This concentration would be ideal for students who are interested in careers in research in academics, government, or industry, and other areas of mental health.
A minor in psychology is available and requires students to take a minimum of 18 credits.
SOME OF OUR FACULTY
Students interested in applied work can choose from a variety of off-campus internship sites. Recently, students have completed internships at the Center for Grieving Children, Youth Alternatives Ingraham, Windham Primary School, Sweetser, and Spring Harbor Hospital.
The psychology major emphasizes broadly applicable skills such as critical thinking, quantitative ability and writing, so our graduates are also well prepared for employment in diverse areas including communications, business, advertising, human resources, and social services.
Psychology students emerge from Saint Joseph’s program well-prepared for graduate study in psychology and related fields; recent graduates have gone on to master’s and doctoral degree programs at University of Connecticut, University of Southern Maine, University of New England, Tufts University, University of Vermont, Springfield College, Duquesne University, Harvard University, and more.