When it comes to choosing a program, the best part about the Psychology program at Stonehill College is that it can take you where you want to go — whether that means majoring in psychology, minoring in it, or even creating an interdisciplinary minor with it.

Majoring in psychology provides you with the critical thinking skills that will take you where you want to go. The early career salaries for graduates of Stonehill's Psychology program are among the top 4% in the field, according to College Factual.

Over the course of your four years as a psychology major, you’ll develop your analytical skills and learn how to communicate effectively. In addition, Stonehill fosters critical thinking, free inquiry and the free interchange of ideas, so that when you graduate, you’ll be able to think, act and lead with courage to create a more just and compassionate world.

With the ability to customize your degree with an interdisciplinary minor or continue your education with a master’s or doctorate degree...where will your path take you? 

The Psychology Major at Stonehill 

The psychology major at Stonehill is 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.

The major requires the completion of three required courses, seven additional courses including two electives, and a final capstone project.

In addition, many psychology majors choose to complete an internship, which helps them further advance the mastery of their chosen sequence. Advisors work with students in choosing internships.

The knowledge I gained from my psych classes at Stonehill helped make the learning process at Women & Infants much quicker and easier. Already being familiar with the basics allowed for a smooth transition … I was able to really jump right in.

The Psychology Minor at Stonehill

A minor in psychology introduces students to the various methods and theories that psychologists utilize in investigating behavior and mental processes. The minor in psychology requires the completion of six courses.

Interdisciplinary Studies Major 

The Interdisciplinary Studies program is an option for students who seek to accomplish intellectual goals beyond an existing major. It requires an expression of creativity and self-motivation, and a foundation of intellectual commitment.

Interdisciplinary studies majors at Stonehill College prepare a program proposal with substantial intellectual content. Formulated with faculty advisors — one of whom will be designated as principal advisor — it must reflect the objectives of a liberal arts education.

Interdisciplinary Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary studies minor gives students the opportunity to explore, in some depth, a well-defined question or topic beyond the major. It provides students with maximum flexibility to propose a course of study, composed of classes and other academic experiences, as a path to conduct an interdisciplinary inquiry that may or may not be related to the major or disciplinary minor.

Students submit a proposal for an Interdisciplinary minor that includes no less than four and no more than five academic units. Given the depth of study required, a student will only complete one interdisciplinary studies minor during their academic career at Stonehill.

Pair Your Psychology Degree with a Master’s Degree

Pair your psychology degree with a master’s degree. Regis College and Stonehill College have arranged for the preferred admission of Stonehill students to earn acceptance into two master degree programs at Regis: MA in Counseling Psychology and MS in Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Regis College will provide you with the skills you need to become an effective practitioner, prepared to meet the increasing demand for qualified mental health counselors to serve in hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers and private companies.

  • Application fee waived
  • GRE/MAT requirement waived
  • Guaranteed admissions interview with the Counseling Psychology Program Director
  • Preferred admission without the competition of the rest of the applicant pool for qualified applicants
  • Students may take two (2) free cross registration graduate level courses at Regis during the junior and/or senior year for Stonehill credit prior to acceptance into the program (course must be pre-approved by Regis program-specific program director and Stonehill academic advisor prior to enrollment)
  • Option to delay enrolling in the MA program for up to two (2) years if accepted in the senior year

Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) 

Stonehill psychology majors who are interested in learning how to effectively apply behavior-analytic procedures to solve behavioral problems of social importance and improve conditions for those who exhibit problematic behavior and skill deficits can apply to the MS in Applied Behavioral Analysis program at Regis.

  • Application fee waived
  • GRE/MAT requirement waived
  • Preferred admission without the competition of the rest of the applicant pool for qualified applicants
  • Stonehill students may take one (1) free cross registration graduate-level courses at Regis during senior year prior to acceptance into the program for credit
  • Option to delay enrolling in the program for up to one (1) year if accepted in the senior year

Graduate School for Psychology Majors

Many Stonehill psychology majors choose to continue their studies and pursue advanced degrees. Here are some of the degrees psychology majors earn:

  • Doctor of Philosophy/PhD (Ph.D. in Clinical, Cognitive, Counseling, Developmental, Experimental, General, Industrial/Organizational, Social, etc.)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Master’s Degrees (M.A., M.S., M.Ed., in Clinical, Cognitive, Community, Counseling, Developmental, Experimental, General, Industrial/Organizational, Social, etc.)

Psychology Major Honors

Psychology majors can be honored in two ways at Stonehill.

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in psychology, with chapters at more than 875 colleges and universities across the country. The organization was founded in 1929 for the stated purpose of “encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of Psychology.”  Psychology majors who are in their junior or senior year, have at least a 3.5 in their Psychology courses, and are in the top 25% of the class overall are eligible to apply.

Stonehill’s campus-wide honor society, Lambda Epsilon Sigma, recognizes students from all areas of study. Students who have demonstrated a well-rounded thirst for knowledge are invited to apply.