Psychology Major

Psychology is the science concerned with the human mind and how thoughts, impulses, and habits translate into manifest behavior. It goes beyond mental health and explores issues including emotions, productivity, development, perception, happiness, motivation, and creativity.

The psychology major at Southern Virginia offers students the opportunity to explore the “mystery” within these important areas. Because psychology is so diverse in its focus and research, it also prepares students for a wide variety of careers. It helps students develop universally useful skills such as communication, critical-thinking, and a proficiency for analyzing data. So if you’re curious about why we do the things that we do and are ready for a rewarding career, consider studying psychology at Southern Virginia.

Learning Objectives

The Learning Objectives for the psychology major at Southern Virginia are aligned with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) “Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.” Graduates of the psychology program are expected to demonstrate the following:

  1. Fundamental knowledge of psychological concepts and principles.
  2. Understanding of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including research methods.
  3. Familiarity with ethical standards and socially responsible behaviors.
  4. Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  5. Preparation for future employment and/or further education.

Program Coordinator: Prof. Alan Whitehead

Major Requirements (36 credit hours)

Major Core (15 credit hours):

Major Electives: an additional 21 credit hours from among the following:

Download the Psychology Major Checklist