Psychology, B.A.


The psychology major provides preparation for diverse career paths, including those that require graduate study.

You will complete coursework from broad subdisciplines within psychology and take a sequence of research methods and statistics courses that enable you to conduct your own research studies.

Many students elect to intern with community partners in a variety of settings. As a graduate, you may pursue careers in research, mental health, ministry, rehabilitation, advocacy, social work, human resources, public health, occupational/physical therapy, among other degree specializations.

In alignment with the university mission, the faculty is concerned with the “development of the whole person” and provide one-on-one mentoring as students select vocational and career pathways.

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Learning Outside the Classroom


We strive to offer many ways for you to learn inside and outside the classroom.

  • Student Activities & Organizations

    You will be challenged to take advantage of independent and collaborative research opportunities that explore a range of psychological topics.

    In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. Attended by thousands of psychologists and mental health professionals, the convention lets you attend seminars, workshops and discussions focused on important issues and advances throughout the field.

    Qualified psychology students are invited to become members of the LRU chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Psi Chi was founded in 1929 for the purposes of "encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.” It is one of the largest honor societies in the United States, having more than 1,100 chapters. 

  • Internships & Careers

    Internships with area agencies and organizations provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace while learning from respected professionals.

    A psychology degree prepares you for graduate study and/or entry into a variety of human services opportunities. As a liberal arts major, psychology furnishes a learning environment that prepares you for a diverse array of professions in healthcare, human services, not-for-profit agencies and business.

    After the completion of a graduate education, psychology students find careers in clinical psychology, counseling, research, human services, policy and advocacy and education.

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of career counseling and job placement programs offered through the university. Advising is also available for students who wish to pursue careers in research, mental health, ministry, rehabilitation, personnel work and agency counseling.

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Major Requirements

The Psychology major provides preparation for diverse career paths, including those that require graduate study. Students complete coursework from broad subdisciplines within psychology as well as take a sequence of research methods and statistics courses that enable them to conduct their own research studies. Many also elect to intern with community partners in a variety of settings. Graduates may pursue careers in research, mental health, ministry, rehabilitation, advocacy, social work, human resources, public health, occupational/physical therapy, and more. In alignment with the University mission, the faculty is concerned with the "development of the whole person" and provide one-on-one mentoring as students select vocational and career pathways. The Psychology major earns a B.A. degree.

Honors

Students majoring in Psychology may elect to pursue honors work in Psychology. To graduate ''With Honors in Psychology,'' students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.3 and complete  and , including defense of a thesis, The honors courses may count as part of the forty-four credits needed for the major.

Yer Vang

All of the professors in the psychology program have impacted me in various ways. Their expertise keeps me interested and confirms my decision to pursue this field.

Yer Vang '20, Psychology

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