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B.S. or B.A. in Psychology

A degree in psychology provides the foundation for a variety of career paths. With a degree in psychology, one might expect to find work in such fields as education, sales, marketing, social work, data analysis, administration, and many more. Earning a bachelor's degree in psychology also may position students for further study at the graduate level.

Program Highlights

  • Volunteer Research Assistant opportunities
  • Collaborate with professors with expertise in particular fields of psychology
  • Research presentation opportunities at psychology conferences
  • Oak Lawn Children's Museum research internship
  • Chapter affiliate of Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology

What skills will I gain as a Psychology major?

  • Knowledge of psychology: You will learn to seek out relevant, useful information about a psychological phenomenon or process.
  • Scientific inquiry and critical thinking: You will scrutinize published and unpublished scientific evidence about a wide range of psychological issues, and you will gain experience at testing your own hypotheses.
  • Ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world: You will study why and how past psychologists pushed the ethical boundaries with their research. Importantly, you will study modern approaches to doing no harm and practicing beneficence in scientific research and in professional practice. You will learn that psychological lenses are also ethical and moral ones and that knowledge must combine with purpose and principle.
  • Communication: You will learn how to become adept at expressing ideas through speaking, professional writing, data analyzing and scientific reporting.
  • Professionalism: You will be prepared to interact confidently with others in local and global professional organizations. You will become a more effective citizen and an asset to your community.

For more information, please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog.

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Why study psychology at Saint Xavier?

  • SXU is a unique place to learn about psychology. We have been part of Chicago history for over 170 years. Generations of our graduates have gone on to be problem-solvers for the sake of improving the human condition.
  • Our faculty include experts in the history of psychology, cognitive, developmental, social, clinical, motivational, research methodology and data analysis, among other areas.
  • We combine this breadth with the advantages of a small department. You will come to know your professors as individuals as they will with you as an individual and and student.
  • We aim to reveal what sparks your curiosity and help to guide you on your own quest for psychological understanding.
  • You will work closely with your fellow students and form lifelong friendships.
  • Our University comes from a tradition of faith, service and value for the individual, service and intellectual inquiry.

Psychology Major and Minor Requirements

Graduation with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology requires completing 37 credit hours in the major with a grade of C or better. Transfer students must complete at least five 300-level psychology courses at SXU.

Students planning to minor in psychology must complete, with a grade of C or better, five courses (15 credit hours) in psychology beyond Psychology 101. At least three of the five courses must be from the 300-level and at least three of the five courses must be taken at SXU.

Suggested Academic Plan

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