Bachelor's Degree

Psychology Major (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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Admissions Information

Applying to Widener is easy—and free! Simply complete our Widener Application or the Common Application. You'll also need your official high school transcript and either an admissions essay or your SAT/ACT scores. We're a test-optional school, so there's no need to submit both.

Know you're interested in applying to Widener but unsure if you're ready to zero-in on a major? You can apply as an Exploratory Studies student with an undecided major. This program will help you start your college journey on the right foot while you explore which undergraduate program is the right fit for you.

When to Apply​

We accept applications on a rolling basis—there are no hard deadlines. Apply when you're ready and we'll take a look as soon as we receive your app. 

Key dates to keep in mind:​

  • October 1: FAFSA opens for the next academic year (Widener's school code is 003313)​
  • November 1: Early Action deadline and decision notifications begin​

What to Expect After Applying​

Once we receive your application and all materials, you can expect to hear back from us quickly. Along with your application decision, you'll also find out about any merit-based scholarship awards. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as soon as you apply—you don't need to apply separately.

Learn more about the application process

If you apply before November 1, you are considered an Early Action applicant which comes with benefits like:

  • Receiving your admissions decision by Thanksgiving
  • Early consideration for merit-based scholarships
  • Early notification of financial aid offers, including need-based awards
  • Priority enrollment for summer registration—where you sign up for classes!

All applications are non-binding, so why wait? Apply today!

Our admissions team will help you make the most of college-level credits earned after high school. We maintain strong partnerships and articulation agreements with numerous local community colleges and also accept a wide range of course credits earned at accredited colleges and universities.

Curious about how many credits may transfer? Email your transcripts to transfer@widener.edu and our transfer coordinator will personally review your coursework as an unofficial credit evaluation. Applicants are given priority during busy seasons, but you don't have to apply to work with our transfer coordinator. 

Transferring doesn't have to be a guessing game—share your stats and we'll take it from there! 

Learn more about applying as a transfer student

Widener University serves as a "second home" for students from around the world. We are located just outside of Philadelphia and close to New York City and Washington, D.C.—offering many unique professional and personal opportunities to explore.

Want to know what it's like to be an international student on campus or need assistance navigating English proficiency requirements? We're here to help, and our international admissions director will support you through the application process. 

This support doesn't end with admissions—our International Student Support team will serve as a valuable resource throughout your Widener journey—meeting Visa/immigration requirements, getting acclimated to campus, and much more.

Learn more about applying as an international student

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.

Faculty

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

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

Student Stories

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"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

Class of 2015
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

Class of 2017
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

Class of 2024
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

Class of 2022
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

Class of 2019

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Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

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