Major in Psychology


What do Psychology Majors Study?


Psychology is the discipline concerned with behavior and mental processes and how these processes are affected by an organism's physical state, mental state and external environment. Its early beginnings emanate from philosophy, natural science, and medicine. Today, undergraduate study of Psychology is very broad, including courses related to biology, individual psychology, theories of counseling, and the study of the effects of sociocultural surroundings on human behavior.


At Chestnut Hill College, Psychology is one of the largest and most comprehensive majors offered. In addition to a B.A. degree, students can pursue both masters and doctoral level studies right here at the College. Also, for the most exceptional and committed students there is a combined program which allows one to receive a B.A. in Psychology as well as an M.S. in Counseling at an accelerated pace. In all Psychology disciplines, students will learn from some of the best minds in the field, all of whom bring years of teaching and fieldwork experience to their classrooms.


Students who qualify with a 3.2 career GPA and 3.5 major GPA, who are of junior or senior standing, who have completed at least four psychology courses and who rank in the top 35% of their graduating class, may be invited to join Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society, an affiliate of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.


For more information on the Clinical and Counseling Psychology Master's Program and the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.), please visit their respective pages on our website.  


What are the requirements for a Psychology Major?


Psychology majors complete a minimum of 12 courses (36) credits to qualify for a B.A. degree. Requirements include:

  • General Psychology (PYSCH 101)
  • Quantitative Methods in Psychology
  • Research Design in Psychology
  • Psychological Measurement
  • Senior Seminar in Psychology
  • ONE or more courses in EACH of the following content areas:
    • Applied Psychology - Psychology of Women, Psychology and the Law, Forensic Psychology, Social Psychology, Educational Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology - Psychology of Child Development, Adolescence/Adulthood and Aging
    • Clinical Psychology - Theories of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Theory and Practice of Psychological Counseling, Group Process and Leadership
    • Experimental Psychology - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, Physiology of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, Drugs and Behavior, Pscyhology of Health, Stress and Coping


What do Psychology Majors go on to do?


Considering that understanding human nature and behavior are integral to all aspects of people's endeavor, there are many opportunities to apply what is learned in Psychology. Often, undergraduate majors go on to earn graduate degrees in specific areas to work in a variety of fields according to their interests and talents. Clinical psychologists and counselors are able to practice therapeutic techniques in hospitals, mental health clinics or services, in colleges or universities, research laboratories, or in private practice. Some psychologists choose to concentrate on research endeavors and find academic institutions where they can focus on an area of interest, such as human development, psychological testing, physiological psychology, or industrial/organizational psychology. In industry, law or other settings, psychologists can be consultants on organizational problems, environmental issues, public policy, consumer issues, advertising, sports or survey research and opinion polls.


The opportunities to find a meaningful and interesting future using training in psychology are numerous, varied and interesting. These include:

  • psychiatrist
  • clinical psychologist or psychoanalyst
  • licensed clinical social worker or specialized counselor
  • college professor
  • sports psychologist
  • organizational consultant
  • forensic psychologist
  • survey or polling expert


Internships for Psychology Majors?


There are numerous companies and mental health institutions in the Philadelphia region in which Psychology majors have an opportunity to pursue internships in their junior or senior years. In fact, it's not uncommon for an internship to lead to full-time employment after graduation.


If you are interested in becoming a psychology major at Chestnut Hill College, please contact Meredith Kneavel, Ph.D ( To apply, please visit Admissions.