The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at St. Edward’s trains you to study and understand the brain and behavior while developing essential communication skills. Our Psychology program — the most popular major on campus — encourages experiential learning through professional research opportunities and field internships.
Faculty and students benefit from new state-of-the-art research facilities that feature high-tech observation, biofeedback and behavioral labs. Our well-equipped psychology labs give you more complex research opportunities than do most undergraduate programs. What’s more, you’ll learn from professors who are experts in their fields and have earned numerous national, regional and local awards for teaching and research excellence.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
BA in Psychology majors are exposed to the rigorous scientific study of behavior — both in individuals functioning alone and as members of a society. You’ll receive training in research design, methods and data analysis. You’ll complete a course sequence that includes statistics, experimental psychology, and research and field experience. And you’ll gain the skills to effectively understand research findings and to produce professional-quality independent work.
Students also develop a broad understanding of the human mind and behavior. This makes them well-suited to careers that require good communication skills and interaction with others — including social services, case management, consumer research and human resources.
Our BA in Psychology graduates enjoy a wide range of professional employment. Several have become noted researchers and educators, earning doctorate degrees and academic appointments in psychology and neuroscience. Others work in industry, performing research design and data analysis for state agencies (Texas Education Agency), medical testing companies (Merck), and consulting firms (Ernst & Young). And many make a daily difference in the lives of others through their work in mental health agencies. A psychology degree can also lead to careers with children in therapeutic environments, leadership roles in various organizations, or behavior analyst positions in government agencies or prison settings.
Many students expand their job possibilities through graduate study in related disciplines. Advanced degrees are required to become a licensed psychologist or teach at the college level. Close interaction with faculty members at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions, research and fieldwork — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. MAJOR CORE COURSES (31-32 CREDIT HOURS):
• General Psychology
• Adolescent Psychology or Child Development
• Theories of Personality
• Social Psychology
• Research Methods
• Abnormal Psychology
• Behavioral Neuroscience or Learning and Cognition
• Research and Field Experience in Psychology
• History and Systems of Psychology
Choose 26 hours minimum of electives
V. CAREER EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (9 CREDIT HOURS):
Choose electives in Psychology to prepare for a career in Psychology; 3 hours must be upper division.
VI. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
Psychology majors complete internships each year with prominent mental health organizations, school districts, businesses and nonprofits — locally and throughout the United States. Internships are excellent opportunities to learn new skills, explore your passions, and collaborate and network with professionals. An internship experience is an outstanding addition to your résumé and can give you a distinct advantage for graduate school or your career path in psychology.
Students have gained on-the-job training at organizations such as these:
- Any Baby Can
- Austin Film Society
- Austin Independent School District
- Austin Travis County Integral Care (formerly MHMR)
- Capitol Area Food Bank
- Child Protective Services
- For the Love of Christi (grief support)
- Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office
- Travis County Sheriff’s Office
- Various law firms, early education centers and neuroscience laboratories
At St. Edward’s, you’ll have multiple opportunities to conduct professional-level psychology research typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities. Performing scientific research will enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills, and prepare you for graduate studies and your chosen profession.