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Whether you want to become a PhD-level psychologist helping people at a mental health facility or embark on a career in consumer research at a Fortune 500 company, a Bachelor of 艺术s in 心理学 will prepare you.
心理学 majors graduate with an understanding of the human experience and why people think, act and feel the way they do. They know how to design and conduct research studies and analyze the results using statistical methods. They have exceptional communication skills, which prepare them for work in social services, case management, consumer research and human resources.
Our students don’t stop learning in the classroom. They have access to the university’s state-of-the-art observation, biofeedback and human interaction labs. And all of our students are given opportunities for professional-level research and field internships.
Whatever direction you pursue, you’ll graduate prepared to make a difference in the lives of others.
What do our graduates do?
心理学 majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.
- 研究 and planning analyst for a community college district in San Diego
- Coordinator in the People Department on the flight operations/technology recruiting team at Southwest Airlines
- Chief of staff at a global tax firm
- Research assistant at the Terrorism 研究 Initiative
- Psychometrician at Elsevier, a global information analytics company
- Director of Forensic and Family Services for Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center
- Policy analyst at the Texas 刑事司法 Coalition
- 毕业 students at The University of Texas at Austin, Stanford University, Columbia University, the University of Houston and more
From 心理学 Major to PhD
After graduating from St. Edward’s, Victoria Rodriguez ’11 began working toward a PhD at Stanford University. Read about how 她的旅程 has been filled with opportunities, challenges, dreams and a lot of hard work.
The Classroom and Beyond
As a 心理学 major, you’ll graduate with practical experience you can put on your resume. Whether you choose a research assistantship, teaching assistantship or field internship, you’ll get a head start on your career.
If you want to learn the science behind psychological studies, you’ll pursue a research assistantship. As you help your professor with a study, you’ll learn the fundamentals of research design and have the chance to develop your own project: designing the study, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing an American Psychological Association-style manuscript.
For example, St. Edward’s students have recently explored how cues to status affect college students’ preferences for relationship partners, and how different types of distractions affect working memory. To get the full research experience, you’ll travel to a conference like the Southwestern Psychological Association or the Society for Personality and 社会心理学 and present your work. These meetings give you a chance to see research that other undergraduates, graduate students and professors have conducted, network with graduate school in mind, and decide if a career in research is right for you.
Teaching assistantships strengthen your understanding of the material in the class you’re serving and develop your interpersonal skills. At St. Edward’s, all classes are taught by professors, but student teaching assistants help tutor and lead study sessions. You’ll expand your communication and people skills by helping other students learn the material.
In a field internship, you’ll apply your knowledge of psychology in a professional setting. While you’re there, you’ll complete a product – a handbook, institutional report or presentation – that the organization can keep using after you move on. Your internship site depends on what you’re curious about: child development, mental health and mental illness, counseling, criminal justice, LGBT+ issues or politics, to name a few. Students have recently interned at these Austin organizations:
- Center for Child Protection
- Lone Star Victims Advocacy Program
- Austin Family Institute
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- QWell Community Foundation
- Therapists in private practice – several of them St. Edward’s graduates
Whatever setting you choose, you’ll discover how the psychology you learned in class translates into the world of work, and you’ll build your portfolio of professional skills.
主要要求： The BA in 心理学 requires 31–32 hours of major courses, which include a combination of introductory and advanced topics. In addition, students choose 9 hours of career-emphasis elective courses that help prepare them for future interests, such as graduate study or their career path in psychology.
选修课： Students are free to complete 26 hours of elective courses in any area of study they choose. These courses do not have to relate to the 心理学 degree.
普通教育 Requirements: The 心理学 degree requires 57 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.
View and download the full degree plan for our 心理学 major （PDF）。
A few examples of the 心理学 major courses students take:
- 社会心理学 – Examines how people interact with and are influenced by others, including topics such as conformity and obedience, nonverbal behavior, person perception, leadership, and attraction.
- 变态心理 – Addresses the causes, consequences, and cures for maladaptive behavior, such as depression, mood disorders, antisocial personality disorder, or schizophrenia.
- 生物心理学 – Delves into the function and anatomy of the nervous system and the role it plays in directing perception, emotion, thought, memory, and motor behavior.
Our Faculty and Student 支持服务
Our distinguished faculty members are excellent researchers, educators, and practitioners who get to know their students as individuals. They share their passion for learning and create fun and dynamic experiences that challenge and inspire students to achieve their potential. Meet a few of them ...
“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.”
“I create an environment in which both learning and the learners are highly valued. My classes typically include a mix of lectures, hands-on activities, videos, small and large group discussions, and individual and group assignments. I am consistently amazed by my students’ enthusiasm and diligence. Witnessing their intellectual growth and academic achievements is highly rewarding.”
“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.”
– 凯利即绿色, PhD, assistant professor
“Teaching is an amazing opportunity to share information and participate in the personal and professional development of students. In and out of the classroom, I strive to help students hone their critical thinking, master certain skills and knowledge, and gain a deeper understanding of their potential.”
– Jessica Boyette-Davis, PhD, assistant professor
Along with personal attention and mentorship from your professors, you'll have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support your success. We encourage you to take advantage of these resources that help you thrive and excel:
- Academic counseling and advising
- Supplemental instruction and tutoring
- Career preparation and advising
- Writing Center consultation
- Health and wellness counseling
- Student disability support
The study of psychology enhances our understanding of how people think, feel, and behave. It provides valuable insight for every area of work and life, and aligns with any field of study. Students 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, which requires 18 hours of coursework
- Adolescent 心理学 OR Child Development
- 3 electives in psychology
Are you a current student? 联系 your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.