Psychology



Bachelor of Science
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Through engaging classes, research projects, fieldwork, and volunteer opportunities, you’ll gain an understanding of the causes and complexities of behavior and how they impact society.

Who It's For

The psychology program is ideal for students who are interested in understanding human behavior, exploring why people do what they do, and developing the skills you need to pursue what you’re passionate about after graduation.

Key Benefits

  • Faculty-guided research projects give you the opportunity to explore your particular interests in depth. Many of our students present their research at regional and national conferences.
  • You’ll learn firsthand how course content relates to real-world contexts by volunteering in schools, healthcare organizations, and justice facilities throughout the community.
  • As part of the program, you’ll take a career-exploration course designed to help you discover your passions and outline a meaningful plan for the future.
Psychology Students Studying in the Commons
Psychology Professor Teaching Outside

About the Program

We offer a STEM-designated bachelor of science degree designed to help you develop critical thinking abilities, understand evidence-based research practices, communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and hone skills specific to your area of interest. Classes are taught by faculty with expertise in developmental, multicultural, social, environmental, quantitative, and counseling psychology. And you’ll have access to the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Laboratory in the Meldrum Science Center.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand how individuals perceive, influence, and relate to others.
  • Examine the differences between normal and abnormal behavior, and the complex nature of psychopathology.
  • Study how people change psychologically throughout their lives from social, cognitive, and neuroscientific perspectives.
  • Practice lab and field-based research methods and use them to generate theories of social behavior.
  • Explore the impact of diverse cultural contexts, internal and external influences, and issues surrounding mental health and health care systems.

Plan of Study

Throughout the program, you’ll study the foundations of scientific investigation, clinical and counseling psychology, cognitive science, developmental psychology, and social psychology. You’ll start by taking introductory level courses in Personality Theories, Brain and Behavior, and Thinking and Writing for Psychology. As you move through the program, you’ll be able to choose elective courses ranging from Social Justice and Mental Health to Abnormal Psychology, while participating in undergraduate research in the area most interesting to you.


Sample Courses

Environmental Psychology

You’ll learn how people are influenced by their physical surroundings, both in natural and built environments. You’ll think about how urban design and architecture influence behavior; why some people are more environmentally proactive than others; and how personal space, crowding, and privacy concerns influence our personal interactions.

Psychology of Game Design

Everyone plays games, but how do we capture the imagination of gamers? In this class, you’ll explore concepts of game design through a psychological lens, ultimately creating a game of your own.

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Career Opportunities

Our program provides you with the knowledge and tools you need to pursue your passions after graduating. Many of our students have continued their education in graduate school. Others have gone on to have successful careers in social service, research, business, education, and many other fields where they can use their understanding of human behavior, thought, and emotion.

Potential Careers

  • Mental health counselor
  • Child development specialist
  • Career counselor
  • Criminal investigator
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Public relations strategist
  • Human resources officer

Other Psychology Programs

We also offer a minor in psychology, which is a great addition to a neuroscience, sociology, justice studies, marketing, and pre-med studies.

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Psychology Student Studying in Park

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$13,663 ($6,831.50 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2016–2017)

  • Tuition: $32,104
  • Room: $5,208
  • Board: $2,982

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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