Department of Psychology
In the Department of Psychology, we study the individual and the individual’s behaviors and mental processes. Using scientific methods and empirical evidence, students think critically and creatively about human behavior.
We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in psychology. In addition to a wide range of elective courses from which to choose, we expose students to psychology as a liberal arts discipline, promoting the convergence of ideas and theories to support the interests and goals of our students. We introduce you to the major perspectives that predominate in psychology today, including the biological, learning, cognitive, developmental, sociocultural, and psychodynamic perspectives.
The faculty in the Department of Psychology is comprised of accomplished experts and scholars who match their passion for psychology with a dedication to teaching and mentoring. Their areas of interest include neuroscience, animal behavior, gonadal hormones (e.g., testosterone) and their effects on complex behavior, memory and eyewitness testimony, psychotherapy and rehabilitation, and aging.
You’ll find our psychology alumnae achieving great things all over the country, and as part of the Saint Mary’s sisterhood, they serve as valuable professional connections. Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees at Loyola University Chicago, Vanderbilt University, and Colorado State University. With a degree in psychology, you’ll be well prepared for graduate school, as well as a diverse range of careers, like some of our alumnae: a director, a grant writer, and an administrator, all for nonprofit organizations; and in health services, an ABA therapist at a center for autism; substance abuse counselor; crisis intervention specialist; and a residential advisor for a long-term structured residency for people with schizophrenia.