Psychology, B.A.

Shippensburg University’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program prepares students for a wide range of careers through close relationships with faculty and plenty of opportunities for growth outside the classroom.

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What Will I Learn?

Students learn the basic concepts in a variety of areas in psychology. Students learn about human behavior and gain skills to engage in psychological research, interviewing, problem-solving and computer applications.

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Meet Lacey Carey

“The professors are amazing and understanding. They work hard to know all their students’ names and get to know them personally.”

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What are the requirements for this degree?

Students in this program are required to take one course from each of the core areas:

  • Developmental
  • Social/personality
  • Abnormal
  • Neuroscience
  • Cognition/sensation and perception
  • Learning/behavior

In addition, each student will complete a capstone experience through one of the following ways: Internship, Advanced Research or the Capstone Class (PSY 379).

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology qualifies you for a variety of entry level jobs in multiple areas such as:

  • Human resources
  • Therapeutic support staff
  • Probation officer
  • Market researcher
  • Psychiatric aide

With graduate degrees, career paths can include the following:

  • Clinicians and counselors
  • Human service workers
  • Experimentalists
  • Educational and school psychologists
  • Human factor engineers
  • Development psychologists
  • Social and personality psychologists
  • Environmental psychologists
  • Forensic psychologists

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

Students in our department explore various careers in psychology through relevant and engaging coursework, internships, research, community service, seminars, speaker presentations, workshops and develop multicultural perspectives on human behavior and understand ethical issues related to the practice of psychology.