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Psychology, B.A. (Madrid)

Psychology is the science of human behavior, encompassing a wide range of methods and topics, from brain function to cultural influences.

The SLU-Madrid psychology program offers a four-year comprehensive foundation in the science of psychology, in an international environment that promotes both intercultural experience and understanding. The program provides substantial and viable opportunities for students to become fluent in both Spanish and English through academic study, immersion experiences, bilingual clinical practica at local facilities and other cultural experiences.

Psychology at SLU-Madrid

Major in Psychology

As a psychology major at SLU-Madrid, you will be part of a strong liberal arts program that prepares students for careers and graduate school in psychology, as well as other disciplines. SLU-Madrid psychology majors benefit from small class sizes, close mentoring by faculty, and a unique multilingual and multicultural focus in all courses.

For information about the assessment of student learning in this program, please see the University-wide website.

Curriculum Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is a 120-credit-hour program that requires 31 credit hours of psychology coursework.

Major Requirements (31 credit hours)

  • PSY 1010 General Psychology
  • PSY 2050 Foundations of Research Methods and Statistics (four credit hours)

Four upper-division psychology courses; including at least one course from each of the following topic areas (12 credit hours):

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social/personality psychology
  • Applied psychology 

Psychology electives: 3000 or 4000-level psychology courses (nine credit hours)

One capstone course selected from the following (three credit hours):

  • PSY 4965 Capstone Practicum
  • PSY 4969 Critical Thinking about Psychology

Minor Requirements

The minor in psychology requires 18 credit hours of coursework.

  • PSY 1010 General Psychology
  • One course from each of the following areas:
    • Cognitive neuroscience
    • Developmental psychology
    • Social/personality psychology
    • Applied psychology
  • At least one course taken at the 3000 or 4000 level

Psychology graduates work in a wide variety of contexts, including clinical, legal, organizational, educational and research settings in both the private and public sector. They can also pursue graduate studies in specific professional areas, such as clinical, counseling, forensic, experimental and industrial-organizational psychology. In addition, a degree in psychology prepares students for careers in fields such as health care, human resources, education, law and business.


With degrees from around the world, our psychology faculty make the classroom experience unique with their diverse backgrounds, knowledge, expertise and dedication.

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing a quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40% lower than at comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at


To be admitted to the major, you must have at least a 2.00 cumulative average and complete a declaration of major form, available in the Office of the Registrar. Upon acceptance to the program, you will be assigned a departmental advisor.

You’ll also be required to obtain a grade of "C" or better in PSY 1010 General Psychology, as well as earn a one semester GPA at Saint Louis University of at least 2.00.

Graduation Requirements

To be certified for graduation, you are required to:

  • Have at least a 2.00 cumulative average, a 2.00 average in the major and a 2.00 average in the minor or related elective hours.
  • Complete 30 of your final 36 credits at Saint Louis University (either the Madrid or St. Louis campus).
  • Submit the online application for degree before the beginning of the semester in which you intend to graduate.

Psychology in the real world

Take Part in a Practicum Experience

Students majoring in psychology put their knowledge and language skills into practice in the workplace as part of a practicum experience. Whether shadowing a clinical psychologist, taking part in brain activation research using a Magnetoencephalography (MEG) machine or helping conduct group psychotherapy sessions, practicum students gain valuable hands-on experience, acquire practical skills and learn to relate academic material in a professional environment.