The better you understand the human mind and how people may think and react in any given situation, the more successful you’ll be throughout your life. A psychology degree offers you that and more.

If you minor or major in psychology at Dominican University, you’ll get a well-rounded psychology education that’ll prepare you for a wide range of jobs or for further study if you want to pursue a more advanced degree. And you’ll have the opportunity to customize your program to match your interests and professional goals.

There’s a lot to love about our psychology degree.

  •  You’ll have the opportunity to join an international psychology honor society
  •  During practicum you’ll get lots of hands-on experience
  •  A psychology internship will give you valuable real-world experience
  •  You’ll undertake a research project and contribute to the body of scientific knowledge
  •  You’ll have the opportunity to present your original research at the Hudson Valley Undergraduate Psychology Conference, which is one of the few undergraduate conferences that offers speaking presentations to students
  •  If you complete your senior seminar a year early, you might even get to present your original research at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, which is our regional psychology conference

If you want great career prospects in a mental wellbeing role, the Dominican University psychology degree is for you.

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A well-rounded psychology program that’ll prepare you for an incredibly diverse range of rewarding careers

The highest levels of personal support

Staff who are committed to your success

The finest small-college athletic program in the region

A spirited campus environment

Close proximity to New York City and three major airports

The Dominican Difference

I truly enjoyed my time as a student at Dominican University. The passion and expertise the faculty and staff in the psychology department share for their field of work was extremely motivating and ultimately the reason I want to pursue a career in Psychology. The professors were always eager to help and genuinely wanted to see their students succeed. After graduating I am confident that I will be well prepared for graduate school all thanks to the professors at Dominican University. 

Shannon Stapleton, ‘20  

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Job Opportunities

Many who minor or major in psychology choose to work in the mental health field, but psychologists also work in research programs, schools, with sports teams, in business, and even marketing and advertising. With a bachelor and/or graduate degree in psychology, you could pursue the following careers:

With a bachelor and/or graduate degree in psychology, you could pursue the following careers:

  • Management occupations
  • Community and social service occupations
  • Educational instruction and library occupations
  • Healthcare and technical occupations
  • Office and administrative support occupations

Examples of specific jobs include:

  • Behavioral health technician
  • Caregiver
  • Case manager
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Career counselor
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Clinical psychologist
  • School psychologist
  • Experimental psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Industrial/organizational psychologist

A good understanding of human psychology can benefit you no matter the field you enter or the kind of career you pursue.

What You’ll Learn

By completing a psychology degree, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the mind and human behavior including how people develop, think, feel, and act. The Dominican University psychology program follows the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for undergraduate psychology education, which means by graduation, you’ll be prepared to enter the workforce or pursue an advanced degree.

Degree Details


Tuition

The cost of attendance is an estimate of what it will cost to attend Dominican University for an academic year.

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Curriculum

Course structure

Whether you major or minor in psychology, you’ll complete 7 core courses, for 21 credits:

PS 101S General Psychology I
PS 102S General Psychology II
PS 331 Psychological Statistics 1
PS 343 History and Systems of Psychology
PS 441 Experimental Psychology
PS 472 Senior Seminar and Research
PS 480 Advanced Topics in Psychology<

You’ll also choose an additional 24 credits worth of courses from such areas as developmental psychology, social psychology, cultural psychology, and applied psychology.


Department Staff

Michael G. Ainette, Ph.D.

Michael G. Ainette, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

David Chun, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

David Chun, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Blair Hoplight, B.S., B.A., Ph.D.

Blair Hoplight, B.S., B.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Kelly M. Johnson, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Kelly M. Johnson, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Department Coordinator, and Associate Professor of Psychology

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