Explore human development, psychological disorders, personality issues and counseling, and prepare for a rewarding career with a degree in Psychology.

Program Overview

Why do people behave the way they do? What leads to personality disorders? How can human behaviors be changed?

These are just a few of the questions you’ll explore as a Psychology major at Dean College. Ideal for students who are interested in developmental, clinical, educational or social psychology, Dean College offers both an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Built on a solid liberal arts foundation, the Psychology curriculum combines theory and practice. You’ll study human development, psychological disorders, personality and counseling. You’ll develop a strong understanding of everything from human development and the learning process to abnormal behavior and counseling theories and techniques.

You’ll also put theory into practice with applied psychology and case studies embedded throughout your courses. You’ll learn how to understand and analyze problems, family relationships, workplace and institutional dynamics, and social trends that influence individual behavior.

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About the Psychology Program

Learn more about majoring in the Social Sciences at Dean College.

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Q&A With The Program Coordinator

Get your questions answered by Dr. Kristin Holster, Program Coordinator for the Social Sciences.

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School of Liberal Arts Faculty

Gain valuable insights from our School of Liberal Arts faculty, who are here to help you every step of the way.

Psychology Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
SOC 113 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 202 Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective 3
PSY 240 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 245 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 3
PSY 250 Social Psychology 3
PSY 332 Personality 3
PSY 333 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 334 Brain and Behavior 3
PSY 495 Senior Capstone 3
LAS 415 Critical Theory 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Courses 6
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
Total Credits 48

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
PSY 132 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 33
Total Credits 33

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2021-22

Beyond the Classroom

Dean College students learning in class As a Psychology major at Dean, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply what you’re learning.

As a Psychology major at Dean, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply what you’re learning.

  • Learn from frequent guest speakers who provide insights into the field and its practical applications.
  • Participate in hands-on projects to immerse yourself in the real world of psychology.
  • Complete a required for-credit internship, senior seminar and capstone research project to gain the experience you need to take the next step.

A strong understanding of human behavior opens the door to a successful future in psychology and many other professions. With a major in Psychology from Dean College, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to pursue graduate school or a successful career in human services, management, counseling, education, health, sports, the corporate world or many other fields.

Live and Study Together

Dean College students connecting in a residence hall Experience your first year of college while living with your classmates through CONNECT, a living learning community for social science majors.

Inside the classroom, you will learn together and collaborate on projects. You’ll make connections to the materials you’re studying as well as to each other, building relationships with your peers, faculty and staff and forming your identity as a social sciences major. The community you share will extend beyond the classroom, as you live together in Wallace Hall. Here, you’ll receive the traditional first-year residential experience, while also participating in unique social, academic and career development programs to help you make the most of your education. 

Uniquely Dean

A Dean College professor helping a student in the library. Discover the unique programming that the Dean College Psychology program has to offer.
  • Learn in classes that are engaging and hands-on, and that connect your interests with your career plans.
  • Delve deep into an area of particular interest by completing a capstone research project.
  • Prepare to take the next step with programs and events like social sciences alumni career panels, writing workshops and graduate school exploration.
  • Pursue an advanced degree through one of our master’s degree affiliation programs.
  • Learn from practitioners in the field who are committed to your success. Dean College was ranked #5 in Best Undergraduate Teaching in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Colleges, North category.