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 psychology may be the major for you.

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Program Overview

Your inside track to a rewarding career in psychology starts here. Our 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

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. 

Faculty

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

Lori Simons
Practicum and Internship Coordinator, 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

Our professors infuse their teaching with the latest trends, technologies, and research, which will put you a step ahead when you hit the workplace. You'll be equipped with skills to enter a variety of fields based on your personal interests

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Elwyn
  • Haverford School District
  • Penn Medicine
  • PeopleShare
  • SOAR
  • Horizon House
  • ARC of Chester County
  • Livengrin
  • Gaudenzia

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.  

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

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Financial Aid

Our financial aid team takes the guessing game out of applying for financial aid. To determine your financial aid package, including scholarships and grants, apply and complete the financial aid process. You might be surprised at how much we can offer in assistance.

Next steps to apply

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