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Psychology

About Our Program

Our psychology program uniquely covers the entire spectrum of the human mind and behavior from community psychology to biopsychology and everything in between. With a foundation in experimentation, you’ll ask the age-old question, “Why do people think and behave the way they do?” 

In our interactive classrooms, you’ll explore behavior and the mental process as you play the role of a juror in Psychology of Law, examine milestones across the lifespan in Developmental Psychology, and explore the belief behind Bigfoot’s existence in Psychological Science and Critical Thinking--just to name a few of your nearly 30 course options. 

In the research lab, you’ll work side by side with your faculty mentor to explore a topic that piques your interest. Students have examined topics like memory, social cognition, sleep, coach-athlete relationships, and virtual reality. 

As one of the most applicable disciplines, psychology can be utilized in many careers. Graduates from our program have pursued careers in counseling, social work, business, school psychology, law, and medicine.

Program Offerings

  • Major
  • Minor

Department

Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

From hands-on research to applied learning experiences, you’ll gain the practical skills needed for a wide range of psychology-related careers and opportunities.

Research

Dig deeper into psychology topics or pressing issues through research, either during the semester or as part of a paid summer fellowship. Recently, our students have conducted studies on memory and trauma, nanoparticles, learning, virtual reality, infant communication, coach-athlete relationships, sleep and hoarding, and juror decision-making. 

You might even get to investigate the effects of remote learning like Alexandria Szabo ’24. While working with professor Serge Onyper, she’s conducting research on Zoom fatigue and how remote learning impacts sleep, physical activity, and mental well-being. 

Senior Year Experience (SYE)

Turn your passion into a project with a Senior Year Experience. For example, Gabby Diaz ’21 combined her interests in psychology, global studies, and public health to conduct a year-long research project. With the help of professor Cathy Crosby, she examined international students' sense of community at American college campuses by conducting focus groups to determine if their culture played a role in how they cope with a crisis.

Internships

Learn by doing in a real-world environment. Our majors intern and conduct research with a wide range of organizations, including: 

  • Syracuse Veteran Affairs Medical Center
  • Maplewood Care and Rehabilitation Center
  • Hands of Hope
  • Curley Company
  • Syracuse Behavioral Health Care
  • Camp Baker
  • Butler Hospital
  • Harpswell Coastal Academy
  • Praytell Agency
  • Rose Hill Treatment Center

Volunteering

You can also gain experience while making a difference through service work. Students studying psychology have volunteered at:

  • Reachout, a local crisis hotline.
  • Renewal House, an agency that provides support for victims of domestic violence.
  • Canton Bear Packs, a garden share program that connects St. Lawrence county with locally-grown food.

Study Abroad

Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including Denmark, Sweden, Australia, London, and Austria.

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that our majors are involved in, including: 

  • Healthy Minds Network
  • Pre-Health Club
  • Self Care Club
  • Active Minds
  • American Chemical Society
  • Environmental Action Organization 
  • Spectrum
  • The Advocates Program
  • Asian Student Union
  • Adaptive
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • PLEN
  • Her Campus
  • Singing Saints
  • Dance Ensemble

Why St. Lawrence for Psychology

Graduate Programs

St. Lawrence students who studied psychology have pursued graduate programs at:

  • SUNY Albany School of Social Work
  • Pennsylvania State
  • University of Maryland
  • Syracuse University 
  • Northeastern University
  • New York University
  • Boston University
  • University of Denver

98%

of St. Lawrence graduates majoring in psychology are employed or continuing their education within a year

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Natural science disciplines you can study at St. Lawrence; unlike other institutions, our program covers the entire spectrum of psychology-- both the natural and social sciences

11:1

student to faculty ratio

Careers

St. Lawrence students who studied psychology have pursued careers as:

  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Educators
  • Account Executives
  • Brand Managers
  • Fundraising Officers
  • Research Analysts 
  • Psychiatrists
  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • Behavioral Interventionists
  • Human Resource Representatives

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Program Requirements & Courses

Explore psychology major requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.

Complementary and Related Programs

If you’re interested in psychology, you might also like these programs.

Laurentians working with local youth

Community-Based Psychology

In our seminar-internship course, you’ll focus on the community aspect of psychology as you put your education into practice. Students have interned at local non-profit organizations and hospitals like Head Start, United Helpers, Maplewood Nursing Home, and  substance abuse-related treatment settings.

Faculty member doing research on a rat with students

Every Aspect of Psychology

We pride ourselves on offering courses that cover the field of psychology. Study brain and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, development, personality, abnormal psychology, and social behavior. Explore the application of psychology through sport, community, clinical, cultural, legal, and environmental psychology.

Gum wrappers

Effects of Chewing Gum

What kind of research happens here? A team of psychology students joined forces with their professor to find out if chewing gum helped improve the cognitive ability of students. They found that chewing gum moments before an exam (but not during) helped improve a student's performance. Their research has been cited in scientific journals and major media outlets.

Connect With a Current Student

No one knows our program better than our current students. Connect with a Psychology major to learn about their faculty mentors, favorite classes, or unique experiences. No question is too big or too small—ask away!
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Erika Tillis.
Class of 2022

Erika Tillis (she/her)

  • Londonderry, NH
  • Londonderry High School
  • Psychology major, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Communications double minor

Campus Involvement

President Psi Chi Honor Society, Treasurer of Kappa Delta Sigma, Manager for Calling All Saints, Advocates, SLU Connect-Communications and Media, Sophomore Bootcamp

Keenan Wilson.
Class of 2023

Keenan Wilson (he/him)

  • Frances Town, New Hampshire
  • ConVal Regional High School
  • Psychology major, Public Health minor

Campus Involvement

Club Ski, Club Basketball, Pre-Health Club, Campus Kitchens, Admissions Ambassador, Physics Teaching Assistant, Chemistry Teaching Assistant

Gabby Smith, wearing an orange puffy jacket, stands in front of a hilly landscape.
Class of 2022

Gabby Smith (she/her)

  • Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
  • Whistler Secondary School
  • Psychology and Business in the Liberal Arts double major, Sports Studies and Exercise Science minor

Campus Involvement

Alpine Ski Team, President of Women on Wheels (WOW), Club Soccer, Advocates, Admissions Ambassador, Student-Athlete Advisory Council, Psi Chi National Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society Member, SLU Peer Health Network, SHIELD Support Team Member, SLU Connect

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