Explore how the human mind works

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at St. Edward’s prepares you to delve deeply into the causes of human behavior. Psychology is taught as an experimental science with a focus on human beings as individuals who function both alone and as members of society.You’ll develop insights and core skills that translate to a variety of professional settings, including education, sales, human resources, marketing, research and social services.

As a BA in Psychology major, you’ll learn about:
  • Psychological theories
  • How to conduct in-depth research to gain a scientific understanding of human behavior
  • Treatments for a spectrum of psychological disorders

Analytical and problem-solving skills, communicating with clarity and empathy, and a desire to understand what makes people tick are valuable qualities for students pursuing this field.

Degree Plan

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the New College Bulletin (course catalog).

REQUIRED COURSES FOR MAJOR (31 CREDIT HOURS):

  • General Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Theories of Personality
  • Statistics
  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience or Learning and Cognition
  • Independent Research
  • History and Systems of Psychology

CAREER EMPHASIS (9 CREDIT HOURS):

Choose electives in Psychology to prepare for a career in Psychology; at least 3 hours must be upper division.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (UP TO 39 CREDIT HOURS)

MISSION COURSES (UP TO 13 CREDIT HOURS)

Consult an admission coordinator for credit transfer options.

Career Emphasis

Students select nine hours that support a career interest.

Suggested courses to consider: 

  • Marriage and Family
  • Group Dynamics
  • Counseling and Guidance
  • Counseling and Treatment for Substance Disorders
  • Special Topics in Psychology: Spirituality in the Helping Professions
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Adolescent Development 
  • Child Development
  • Group Dynamics

Outcomes

Graduates are knowledgeable of psychological facts and theories and are able to apply them in both academic and practical settings. With this diverse degree, graduates have the opportunity to pursue careers in human or social services, business or nonprofit management.

Professional paths include positions such as:

  • Case manager for a social service agency
  • Career counselor for students at a university
  • Researcher of consumer behavior for a marketing firm
  • Manager of a daycare center for children
  • Industrial/organizational psychologist helping a direct consulting firm, an executive search firm, a leadership center, a company, or a university
  • Criminal justice
  • Human resources professional 

Graduate studies typically are required for career advancement in psychology.

Our graduates frequently continue their studies and pursue fields such as:

  • Counseling
  • Social work
  • Human resources
  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Business
  • Social work
  • Special education
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Student success is largely dependent on the individual’s interest and personal involvement in the academic program.