Psychology Major and Minor

Our Psychology Department allows students to examine, and directly engage in, research that contributes to our understanding of human behavior, mental processes and emotional experience.

The diverse research interests of our Psychology faculty  — which range from jury decision making and group metacognition to father-daughter relationships — allows Stonehill College to offer a flexible program that can be tailored to students’ goals.

In consultation with a faculty advisor, Psychology majors design their own curriculum sequence based on their specific interests. The program is also responsive to current trends. Recently, in response to growing interest, sports psychology was added to the curriculum. Other sequence options include:

  • School psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Industrial-organizational psychology
  • Graduate school experimental psychology
  • Master’s level counseling psychology

Professors also encourage students to explore psychological principles for personal enrichment and to better help them provide meaningful community service.

Knowledge Rooted in Research

In addition to learning basic principles in the core courses, psychology classes get students fully involved in the science by designing and conducting research, analyzing data and presenting findings. Some students have presented their work at the New England Psychology Association convention, the Eastern Psychology Association convention and the American Psychology Association.

At the same time, advisors help match students with internships than can further advance their mastery of the sequence they’ve chosen. Students also are given the opportunity to pursue individual interests through elective courses. Together, the core courses and the electives prepare them for graduate work and for a variety of career paths.

Graduate-Level Resources from the Start

The research facilities at The Thomas and Mary Shields Science Center are of a caliber usually only found in graduate school programs. This $34 million, 89,000 square foot building houses state-of-the-art technology for use in psychology research and students can use just about any resource that is available to faculty. Workspaces include several one-way observation rooms, a playroom for children’s psychology research, counseling rooms and computer labs.