Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Gain understanding. Help people find solutions. Improve the lives of those around you.

Learn how people think, feel and make choices. Gain deep understanding of psychological development and the psychology of behavioral problems. Master the processes involved in gathering, analyzing, interpreting and reporting data.

These foundational skills equip psychology majors to perform as exceptional leaders, researchers, organizers and motivators. A degree in psychology prepares you to guide, support and motivate people to live more fulfilling lives and improve interpersonal relationships. It also prepares you for graduate or professional school.

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate psychology program, in the division of arts and sciences, is available at the Misenheimer campus.


The psychology program curriculum requires a minimum investment of 40 semester hours (SH). It offers a broad range of courses in developmental and experimental psychology. Courses are offered in the psychology of children, adolescents and adults, including the psychology of adjustment and behavior problems and counseling. In experimental psychology, studies are offered in learning, cognitive processes, sensation and perception.

Many non-majors take classes in psychology as part of their general education or elective studies.

For students studying in other fields, the psychology program offers minor programs in developmental psychology, experimental psychology and social psychology. Students graduating in psychology often pursue graduate work in counseling or experimental psychology.

Requirements for a Major in Psychology (40 SH)

All students majoring in psychology must take the following three courses in the order listed:

  • PSYC 202 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 222 Statistics & Data Analysis
  • PSYC 490 Research Methods

Other courses required of all psychology majors are listed below. They need not be taken in the order listed:

  • PSYC 225 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 226 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 295 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 426 Sensation Perception  
  • PSYC 450 Personality
  • PSYC 501 Learning, or
  • PSYC 524 Cognitive Processes
  • PSYC 535 Capstone Seminar

Requirements for a Minor in Psychology (21 SH)

  • PSYC 202S Introduction to Psychology

Take an additional 18 semester hours of PSYC courses of your choice.

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Tuition & Fees

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Would you like to help people overcome adversity? Find satisfaction? Work well with others?

Use your psychology degree to find work in human resources, training, coaching or in the area of social work. Your bachelor’s degree also functions as a foundation for an advanced degree, empowering you to pursue a career as a therapist, counselor, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or an experimental psychologist. Whatever career you choose in this field, you’ll work with and benefit people, making this a great career choice for students who value purposeful work.

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