Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

  • Overview

    Psychology is the science of human behavior and mental processes.

    Our psychology major curriculum is grounded in the American Psychological Association’s 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.
    • Clinical/counseling concentration available for interested students.
    • Diverse internship opportunities.
    • Individual senior research projects with one-on-one mentoring.
    • Strong preparation for career and graduate studies.
  • Curriculum

    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.

    Clinical/Counseling Concentration

    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.

    Psychology Minor

    A minor in psychology is available and requires students to take 20 credits.

  • Some of our faculty
    • Josh Schoenfeld

      Associate Professor of Psychology, Chair of Psychology Department

      PhD, University of Arizona
      MA, University of Arizona
      BA, Columbia University

      • Clinical psychology research and practice

      • Relationships and health

      • Clinical science in the public domain

      Learn more about Josh

    • Marion Young

      Assistant Professor of Psychology

      PhD, West Virginia University
      MS, Morehead State University
      BS, Emory & Henry College

      • Maternal obesity/Maternal depression

      • Fetal/Infant/Child Development

      • Epigenetic mechanisms impacting development

      Learn more about Marion

    • Nina B. Eduljee

      Associate Professor of Psychology

      PhD, Temple University
      MA, University of Georgia
      MA, University of Bombay, India
      BA, University of Bombay, India

      • Motivational beliefs and classroom strategies used by college students

      • Predictors of academic success for college students

      • Cross-cultural comparisons of attitudes towards computers

      Learn more about Nina

    Josh Schoenfeld

    Associate Professor of Psychology, Chair of Psychology Department

    PhD, University of Arizona
    MA, University of Arizona
    BA, Columbia University

    • Clinical psychology research and practice

    • Relationships and health

    • Clinical science in the public domain

    Learn more about Josh

    Marion Young

    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    PhD, West Virginia University
    MS, Morehead State University
    BS, Emory & Henry College

    • Maternal obesity/Maternal depression

    • Fetal/Infant/Child Development

    • Epigenetic mechanisms impacting development

    Learn more about Marion

    Nina B. Eduljee

    Associate Professor of Psychology

    PhD, Temple University
    MA, University of Georgia
    MA, University of Bombay, India
    BA, University of Bombay, India

    • Motivational beliefs and classroom strategies used by college students

    • Predictors of academic success for college students

    • Cross-cultural comparisons of attitudes towards computers

    Learn more about Nina

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  • Student Stories
    • Adam Hawkes '14

      “The program is structured well and teaches students skills in a wide range of areas while exposing them to several different facets of psychology. It is also designed in a way that gives students the skills to effectively conduct research, which is then tested in a senior research project.” Read more about Adam.

    • Bobby Michaud, '14

      “My favorite psychology class was clinical psychology, which Dr. Joshua Schoenfeld taught. Clinical psychology taught me to look at the world in a new way. Psychology is a great science, and this class has given me many tools that I use to evaluate the world.”  Read more about Bobby.

    • Lindsey Le Gervais

      “My senior thesis and presentations helped me formulate what my research interests would be, how to write like a researcher, and how to handle each step of the research process.” —Lindsey Le Gervais ’10, doctoral candidate at University of Connecticut. Read more about Lindsey.

  • Career Moves

    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.

    Graduate Study

    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.