- Bachelor of Science
With a major in psychology, you'll explore all aspects of the human condition and obtain valuable information for careers both within and outside of psychology as well as for your personal life. Stetson's psychology program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation for graduate school. We offer unique, hard-to-find opportunities to become directly involved working one-on-one with professors on psychological research.
Our psychology students have published journal articles and presented their research at professional conferences.
You will also gain practical experience by completing supervised internships at a variety of local facilities. Psychology majors learn knowledge and skills that are vital in some careers and helpful in all, and many students go directly into the job market after graduation.
Learn more about the Department of Psychology.
Psychology courses explore many fascinating aspects of the mind and behavior including mental illness, human sexuality, criminal behavior, how the brain and nervous system affect behavior, how children develop, how people communicate and solve problems, how media and video games influence us and even how people might behave during a zombie apocalypse!
We keep our classes small so that students can get to know their professors and receive personal attention and individual mentoring.
Qualified graduates of the Psychology Department may be accepted directly into any of Stetson University's two master's programs offered by the Department of Counselor Education—Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling.
Our experienced and successful faculty will help guide you through the journey of our Psychology program.
- Robert Askew, PhD, University of Washington
- Michelle Camden, MA, University of Central Florida
- Laura Crysel, PhD, University of Florida
- Michael Eskenazi, PhD, Kent State University
- Christopher Ferguson, PhD, University of Central Florida
- Sarah Garcia, PhD, Kent State University
- Danielle Lindner, PhD, University of Central Florida
- Richard Medlin, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Meredith Palm, PhD, Baylor University
- Camille Tessitore King, PhD, University of Virginia
Psychology majors learn to think critically, communicate clearly, understand themselves and other people better and complete challenging projects—skills that prepare them for a variety of careers.
As a Stetson psychology graduate, you will be ready to pursue opportunities in many different fields of psychology including
- Clinical Psychology or Mental Health Counseling
- Developmental Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology
You may also build a successful career in
- Public Administration
- Social Work
Amanda Price, PhD '10
Amanda began her research career conducting needs-assessment interviews with the homeless in Volusia County as part of Stetson's Community-Based Research program. For her senior research project, she worked with Dr. Camille King to assess differences in behavior and brain activation associated with social memory formation in rats. She was also a Russian Language minor, did a semester abroad at Oxford, and graduated magna cum laude. Upon graduation she pursued her interest in neuroscience as a research associate at SUNY Stony Brook, working on projects that examined the relationship between early life adversity and the epigenome in resiliency to stress. She then enrolled in a doctoral program in Human Genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she examined the relationship between epigenomic remodeling during human neurodevelopment and genetic risk for schizophrenia. Amanda received her PhD in 2018 and is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development in Baltimore, MD.
Sophia Sandoval '18
"I received an International Scholarship and I am now enrolled in the MSc Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health program at Nottingham Trent University in England. Additionally, I was granted Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) within the British Psychological Society which is the next step on my way to getting a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I am thankful for my time at Stetson, for being a part of the Florida Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, for surrounding myself with strong women whom taught me essential values such as personal and intellectual growth, philanthropic service to others, integrity, and lifelong commitment that have carried over into my academic, personal, and career life... The best part about my Stetson experience is that although I am no longer at Stetson University, I still have memories and principles that will always be a part of me."
Trinity Johnson '17
"While at Stetson University I was privileged to serve as Black Student Association president, adopted two minors in Africana studies and public health, became a teaching assistant, conducted research, presented at Southeastern Psychological Association Meeting, and formed lasting connections with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the DeLand community. The faculty of the Psychology Department continuously inspired me to push past my comfort zone and challenge myself in my academics. If it were not for my time in this department, I would not have the essential skills I needed to complete my Master of Public Health degree or eventually get into my doctoral program. I am prepared for my next steps in the journey as I pursue a PhD in Integrative Anthropological Sciences specializing in Sociocultural and Medical Anthropology."
The study of the human condition is a valuable foundation for many career paths, from health to politics to business, and it remains a primary undergraduate program for students planning to pursue additional educational credentials in graduate programs. Although outcomes and careers are remarkably diverse, nearly one-third of all graduates will end up in the health, social, professional or scientific sectors. Demand is high for recent graduates with nearly a half of all job postings going to candidates with 0-2 years of experience.
Source: Burning Glass Technologies 2019.
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