Psychology, one of the most popular undergraduate majors at Saint Louis University,
is the study of the human mind and how it works. Undergraduate students in SLU's psychology degree program can pursue either a Bachelor
of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.
Major in Psychology
If you choose to pursue SLU’s undergraduate degree in psychology, you’ll study the
behavior and experiences of individuals, families, organizations and institutions.
Additionally, you’ll examine how biology, development, thought processes and social
factors influence the human condition.
Professors in SLU's Department of Psychology encourage students to challenge their
intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills. You’ll explore your academic
interests through research, service and study. You may also have the opportunity to
be an undergraduate research assistant in a faculty member's research lab.
The B.A. option provides a broad understanding of psychology as a preparation for
professional schools, non-research-oriented graduate school programs, professional
master’s programs in counseling, or as a general liberal arts career preparation.
The B.S. option is a more research-intensive program. Students learn research methods
needed to study psychological processes and disorders. The program is designed for
students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology.
Both the B.A. and the B.S. include coursework in the study of cognitive neuroscience,
developmental psychology, social and personality psychology, and applied psychology.
SLU graduates have used their psychology degree as pre-professional training to go
on to the fields of medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work,
education or law. Your strengths in understanding and reasoning about human behavior
will also prepare you for entry-level positions in many additional fields.
An undergraduate degree in psychology can also prepare you to continue your studies
as a graduate student with plans to become a psychologist, a profession that requires
SLU’s 27 psychology faculty members hold the highest degree possible in their fields
and teach courses in clinical, social and developmental psychology, as well as cognitive
neuroscience and industrial and organizational psychology.
They conduct and publish research with graduate and undergraduate students and are
nationally known for their contributions to psychology and related fields.
Minor in Psychology
To pursue a minor in psychology at SLU, you must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours
in psychology including “PSY 1010: General Psychology,” as well as one course from
each of the four concentration areas: cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology,
social and personality psychology, and applied psychology.
SLU’s psychology department operates the Center for the Application of Behavioral
Sciences and the Psychological Services Center. The first studies human resources
and behavioral science to help organizations structure themselves for success, while
the Psychological Services Center provides outpatient counseling, psychotherapy and
Both centers give psychology students an opportunity to put their knowledge to good
use and improve the lives of others.