Psychology Major

From broad exposure to basic psychology to an in-depth understanding of the methods used to conduct psychological research, you will broaden your knowledge of the field and its application to everyday life.

Students
Psychology students in class

A psychology major is an asset — whether your career goal is to become a clinical psychologist, counselor, social worker, or consultant;  to conduct behavioral research;  to become a college professor; or to enter professions such as business, law or medicine. Your expanded knowledge of human thought, emotion, and behavior is relevant to any career.

Develop the intellectual skills to help you generate and evaluate knowledge in many areas by learning and applying psychology research methodologies. Gain experience in the field and earn credit through an internship placement that pairs you with a working professional in the field.  View degree requirements for the major in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Program Options

The department offers options related to the undergraduate major in psychology.

Honors program in Psychology

The honors program in psychology gives you the opportunity to take advanced classes in research methods and data analysis over three semesters, as well as complete an honors thesis under the supervision of a professor in the department. View the Honors Page for more information. Click here to download an application.

Clinical Psychology

The clinical psychology area of focus gives you valuable hands-on clinical experience through small, specialized classes and internship experiences. View the Clinical page for more information. Click here to download an application.

Combined Major: Psychology and Sociology-Anthropology

Students interested in both psychology and sociology-anthropology can choose to complete a combined major that requires 68 units. View degree requirements for the combined major in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Research Pool

Students are encouraged to participate in research studies conducted by psychology department faculty and students. Some instructors give credit for participation, so contact your instructor for details.