Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Are you a curious and naturally empathetic person who appreciates how others’ life experiences affect them? Psychology majors study the way people think, move, and behave. They learn how people turn adversity and negative experiences into positive outcomes and develop techniques to motivate others to do the same.
Why be a Psychology major?
Here’s what makes the Mount’s Psychology major unique:
- Small class sizes: Psychology is an intimate subject and often brings about deep class discussions. We think it’s better to learn Psychology this way rather than in an impersonal lecture hall. So join the circle and let’s talk and learn from one another.
- Research opportunities: Whether built into a class or through a paid summer opportunity with a professor, Psychology majors have numerous opportunities to dive deep into a subject and impact the field they love.
- Psych from all angles: Our Psychology majors are challenged to view how psychology affects different age groups, developmental levels, social patterns, and biological and cognitive perspectives. All of this to say, your knowledge of Psychology won’t be one-sided.
What to expect as a Psychology major
35+ credits of Psychology | C+ GPA
Learn about Psychology major academic requirements and courses here.
As a Psychology major at the Mount, you’ll start off with General Psychology to help you get a feel for the subject and establish the foundations of psychological study. After that, you’ll begin to take upper-level classes like Psychology of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and more. Along the way, you’ll also have room for electives like Psychology of Stress, Autism, Health Psychology, or Psychology of Death and Dying.
In your junior or senior year, you’ll take part in an internship designed to give you more exposure in the field with real world experience. Finally, you’ll conclude your time in the major with a senior seminar that focuses on developing practical skills for readiness for graduate school or work in your area of interest.
Throughout your courses, you’ll notice a dedication to helping others that takes its root in community service. The applications of psychology itself are rooted in helping and serving others, and you’ll find numerous opportunities to put your skills into practice both inside and outside the classroom.
Be prepared for your future
Your first exposure to your future will be through your required internship. You’ll work with our dedicated Psychology career counselor in the Career Center to help you find the right internship for your goals. In the past, our students have interned at organizations like Access: Supports for Living, Anderson Center for Autism, Office of Family and Children Services, Center for Hope, and more.
After graduation, you’ll be prepared to put your Psychology major to use by attending graduate school to further your career in social work, counseling, and human resources or even venturing into law school or business.
Here’s how some of our Psychology alumni are using their degrees:
- Karina Cabrera Bell ’01, Founding Partner & Managing Partner of OpenAccess and CEO and Founder of Reach Mama Network
- Erica Stanzione ’09, Director of Marketing & Development for BluePath Service Dogs
- Aleschia Velasquez ’11, Director of Pre-College Programs at Barnard College
- Kayla Grappone ’11, School Psychologist at Lawrence Township Public Schools
- Jackie Caio ’11, Assistant Clinic Director at Family Service League of Long Island
- Stephen Stephens ’15 MBA ’18, Behavior Specialist at the Center for Discovery
- Samantha Bundalian ’16, School Counselor at New York Military Academy