Bachelor's Degree

Psychology (BA)

Are you interested in a scientific understanding of why people think and behave as they do? If you answered “yes,” then a psychology major may be the right choice for you.

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Program Overview

Your inside track to a rewarding career in psychology starts here. Our psychology major undergraduate curriculum stresses a variety of areas important to employers and for future graduate work. You'll gain knowledge in: 

  • Communication skills
  • Scientific research
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural competency

Psychology majors may choose to study this field out of personal interest in understanding human behavior, as a developmental sequence for future graduate studies, or as preparation for careers in fields such as mental health counseling, forensic psychology, family therapy, human resources, and more.

Program Options for Psychology Majors

Our flexible curriculum allows for a variety of double majors and minors allowing students to personalize their degree.

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Psychology majors can participate in the following pathways:

You'll have a comprehensive understanding of knowledge in psychology while working towards earning a degree in one of our pathway programs.

Psychology majors who have demonstrated excellence in course work become eligible to apply for the Honors in Psychology program. In this program, you'll complete an independent, empirical research project under the supervision of a faculty member, and get to formally present your unique research to the department.

The Psychology Department also offers a minor comprised of an introductory course, a laboratory course, and six advanced psychology courses.

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Program Highlights

Here, you'll meet your second family of faculty, staff, and students while working on industry-shaping research and learning leadership skills to become a well-rounded professional in the field.

Student Faculty Mentorship

Our small class sizes mean faculty and students can build meaningful bonds. These bonds enable faculty to serve as caring and knowledgeable mentors to help you achieve unique learning and career goals. Before long, your professors and classmates will feel like a second family. 

Industry-Shaping Research

You'll conduct original research in laboratory and senior research classes, and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty on their research with projects like the Summer Research and Creative Activities Program. Through these opportunities, you'll acquire experience and skills valued by graduate schools and employers.

Practicum and Internship Program

Our practicum/internship program involves three unique steps designed for your success:

  1. A professional development seminar
  2. Practicum
  3. Internship

In the end you'll have unique experiences to set you apart in the psychology field, and a network to put you a step ahead when you hit the workplace. 

Clubs & Organizations

Psychology majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside fo campus, including the Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology, and many more.


Learn from professors whose leadership, thinking, and research are shaping the psychology field.

Lori Simons
Practicum and Internship Coordinator of Psychology Department

"Psychology majors are more interested in psychology when it is applicable to their own development and when they can observe its contribution through service-learning, practicum or internship, and independent research with faculty."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Thanks to a diverse set of influential skills, you'll hit the workplace a step ahead of your peers.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Behavioral Neuroscientist
  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • Child Psychologist
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Forensic Psychologist

Job Placements

More than 50% of students who participated in a practicum or internship are offered a job at their placement.  

Recent Employers

  • Elwyn
  • Haverford School District
  • Penn Medicine
  • PeopleShare
  • SOAR

Workplace Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Businesses
  • Counseling Agencies
  • Schools
  • Corporations

Sample Internship Focuses

  • Sports, orthopedic & rehabilitative medicine
  • Drug & alcohol rehabilitation
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Business & HR staffing

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the psychology program.

Headshot of Patton Vo

When I was struggling with my own identity, Widener never turned its back against me. And that’s exactly the type of experience I want to provide other students.

Patton Vo

Patton's Story
Dante DiBattista stands in front of a powerpoint screen speaking to a room of Widener students

I attribute much of what has happened to me to Widener.

Dante DiBattista

Dante's Story
Kennedy Shaw stands on campus on a blue sky day, with Founders Hall behind her and the Old Main dome visible in the background

Freshman year was a great year. Even though I was not physically on campus, I felt at home. I love it here. I was shocked with how much love I received online and I knew it would be 1,000 times better in person.

Kennedy Shaw

Kennedy's Story
Hannah Berard stands on top of a mountain and signs "I love you"

Widener has helped me take my academics and what I’ve learned in classes and apply it not just in the Chester community, but to the whole world in general.

Hannah Berard

Hannah's Story
Psychology major Christie Birchall leads group

Widener helped me realize my track. The faculty in the psychology department provide a safety net and make it their job to find you a place in the field.

Christie Birchall

Christie's Story

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