Explore the world of the human mind

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at St. Edward’s University engages students in the fascinating study of psychology, where they learn how to understand the brain and behavior. Psychology at St. Edward’s University is taught as an experimental science, with a focus on human beings functioning both alone and as members of society. 

Psychology majors are exposed to the rigorous scientific study of behavior.

Students will:
  • Receive training in research design, methods, and data analysis
  • Complete a course sequence that includes statistics, experimental psychology, and research and field experience
  • Gain the skills to effectively understand research findings and to produce professional-quality independent work
  • Develop a broad understanding of the human mind and behavior
  • Study of the human mind and behavior prepares students for careers requiring good communication skills and interaction with others. This includes work in social services, case management, consumer research and human resources.

Students majoring in Psychology at St. Edward's take a combination of core requirements including introductory coursework, developmental psychology, statistics, and research methods. Students also pursue different career emphases by choosing nine hours of Psychology electives to prepare for graduate school or human-services employment.

Outcomes

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. Many make a difference in the lives of others on a daily basis through their work. 

In the past, graduates have found roles in:
  • Research design and data analysis for state agencies (Texas Education Agency)
  • Medical testing companies (Merck)
  • Consulting firms (Ernst & Young)
  • Mental health agencies
  • Careers with children in therapeutic environments
  • Leadership roles in various organizations
  • Behavior analyst positions in government/state & local agencies

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.

Outside the Classroom

Psychology majors can explore career paths and practical application through fieldwork and service learning courses.

Research and Field Experience Course

The required Research and Field Experience course is an educationally-directed course in experiential learning under the supervision of Psychology faculty and professionals in the field. This course allows students to develop practical skills and test theories and principles they've learned in the classroom. 

Students can choose from two options, spending 150 hours in either their internship placement or their research project: 
  • Do an internship volunteering at a psychology-focused site in the community and address theoretical issues in an applied setting
  • Work directly with a faculty member on a research project to conduct an in-depth study in one of the major areas of psychology

Capstone Project

Students take a Capstone with Psychology Topics course. Often, the Capstone course is completed with the Research & Field Experience instructor from the previous semester. This will complete a two semester research/experiential course sequence, which is notable for a smaller liberal arts school. The combination of research and experiential learning gives students an opportunity to hone their abilities and develop skills valued by graduate schools and employers.

Meet the Faculty

 Our faculty are excellent researchers and educators. They share their passion for learning and create fun and dynamic experiences to engage students. 

"I encourage students to think about their courses within a broader context as well as how they intersect with the knowledge they bring to the classroom. My goal is to help them learn to think critically and see how new ideas can be applied to the world at large." - Michael Disch, PhD, assistant professor

"I train my students to become active learners by developing hypotheses, designing experiments to test those hypotheses, analyzing the findings and then reporting on the significance of those findings." - Russell J. Frohardt, PhD, professor

"I teach for three reasons. I enjoy it. My students like my style and methods. And I can’t think of another job that is this much fun." - Alan Swinkels, PhD, professor

"I strive to foster intellectual curiosity and critical thinking, and to promote attitudes of compassion, acceptance and pursuit of social change among my students. Their educational experience becomes more engaging, interactive and personally relevant when I employ collaborative learning that considers alternate perspectives, diversity in individual differences and societal implications." - Kelly E. Green, PhD, assistant professor 

About the Minor

Students who are interested in learning more about how the human mind works and why people do what they do are encouraged to pursue a minor in Psychology. Students who minor in Psychology must complete 18 hours of coursework.

Required Courses:
  • General Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology OR Child Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Three electives in psychology