Turn on your brain.
Major in psychology at the University of Mary Washington, and you’ll have classes and labs with committed faculty who are authorities on aspects the human experience. Transform classroom knowledge into professional experience through research projects, internships, or even spend a semester learning applied behavioral analysis at the New England Center for Children. Meet the challenge as you prepare yourself for higher study or a career that makes a difference.
Areas of Study
Psychology majors study traditional areas of psychology and its recent trends and theories. They receive extensive training in methodology and statistics. Many students join faculty-led research teams and conduct yearlong research projects. The psychology major emphasizes developing skills in critical thinking, writing, oral communication, and research.
An understanding of yourself and others puts you in line for jobs such as business research, social work, human resource management, computer applications, counseling and case management in social service and mental health organizations, and more. Or aim for graduate work for a future in fields like forensic psychology, counseling, and research.
Psychology majors must take at least one out-of-the-classroom course, called the Out of Class Requirement. You may do a yearlong research project with a faculty member, then present your work at a conference. Or you can find a relevant internship or opportunity for community service.
Psychology majors may qualify to join the Psi Chi honor society. Learn more about earning academic honors for your major.
Major Requirements (effective Fall 2023)
The major in psychology requires 37 credit hours, beginning with general psychology. You will take core courses in statistics and research methods and explore a wide breadth of psychological domains including social/psychopathology/personality, biological, cognitive, developmental, and human diversity. Finally, you will do a research capstone and an out of class capstone.
Those interested in psychiatric healthcare, pharmacology, or related graduate training may be interested in the neuroscience minor.
The Department of Psychological Science offers three named scholarships, each of which may have more than one recipient in an academic year.