Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


About the Department

The emphasis of the Southwestern Psychology Department is twofold.

First, the program is designed to provide the experiences necessary to prepare students for graduate school in animal learning and behavior, behavioral neuroscience, child psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, counseling psychology, developmental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, personality and social psychology, and social work.

Second, students are prepared for careers in human services upon completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Students not wishing to pursue graduate study in psychology will find the major to be useful preparation for a number of other professional programs, such as those in law, medicine, and social work, and for careers in human services and related fields.

The Psychology Department faculty strongly encourages majors to get involved in department activities as soon as possible. We urge you to make an effort to get to know all faculty members and to take classes from as many different faculty members as possible. It’s also helpful to get to know other psychology majors, as study groups and access to older students in the department can be an excellent source of advice and information about courses, registration and areas of focus.

Several extracurricular opportunities exist for getting involved in the department. From collaborating with faculty on research projects to attending Psi Chi-sponsored events (e.g., the beginning of the year picnic, or helpful panel discussions on getting in to graduate school, or careers with a B.A. in psychology), and from doing semester-long or summer-long internships, there are numerous ways for students to involve themselves in the psychology community at Southwestern.