The Science of Studying

Two wins come from one professor’s study of studying: Better GPAs and valuable student research opportunities.

Program Overview

The diverse research interests of our psychology faculty — which include jury decision making, behavioral economics, childhood trauma, music cognition and personal relationships — allows Stonehill College to offer a flexible program that can be tailored to students’ goals.

In consultation with a faculty advisor, psychology majors choose their courses based on their specific interests. The program is also responsive to current trends. 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.

Sample Psychology Courses

General Psychology

This course explores the principles underlying physiological psychology, learning, perception, altered states of consciousness, human development, human memory and emotion, personality, social behavior, intelligence, and the behavior disorders.

Research Methods in Psychology

Writing-in-the-Disciplines Course
This course examines the research methods used in psychology, including naturalistic observation, field and laboratory experiments, and survey methods. It discusses ethical standards in research and critiques research articles. Students design, implement, write-up and present their research study at the College’s poster session.

Abnormal Psychology

This course employs the DSM-V system of classifying and describing emotional dysfunctioning. It explores the etiology, course, and treatment of major disorders. Dynamics and treatment modalities are approached from the psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and existential models. Examination of research and case studies, and a possible practicum experience.

Advanced Research Externship

The purpose of the advanced Research Externship is to provide upper-level (3rd and 4th year) students with opportunities to gain research experience working on large federally funded NIH grants at a large universities or medical schools. Students are expected to work 10 hours a week in a research lab at Brown University, Harvard University, or UMASS Medical School.

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.

Where Our Psychology Graduates Work

Our psychology graduates go on to explore careers in a variety of specialized fields in psychology or attend graduate school. Continue exploring where our graduates work.

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.

By the Numbers

Our psychology graduates go on to explore careers in a variety of specialized fields in psychology or attend graduate school.


The early career salaries for graduates of Stonehill's Pyschology program are among the top 4% in the field, according to College Factual

The faculty in the Psychology Department fosters a learning community that promotes student success. The professors’ doors are always open to answer questions, discuss course material or give guidance.”

Contact Information

Michael E. Tirrell

Michael E. Tirrell

Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychology Department Chair