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Are you a good listener? Empathetic? A problem solver? If the answer is yes, a degree in psychology may be ideal for you. As a psychology student at St. Bonaventure, you can choose to master the art or science of psychology. You will become capable of appreciating and implementing the role and value of a scientific approach to understanding behavior and mental processes. 

A degree in psychology in conjunction with appropriate elective courses provides a strong foundation for a broad list of career and graduate school opportunities. You will develop the skills to understand and evaluate human behavior, decision making, personality, group behavior, and mental illness among other topics. 

Psychology Program Advantages

  • Career Advantage: In 2013, 100% of SBU psychology graduates went on to employment or graduate school. 

  • Exciting Coursework:At SBU, professors encourage curiosity. You will excel by researching topics that interest and excite you.

  • BA or BS: The art and science of psychology. St. Bonaventure offers both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (BA) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (BS), as well as a Psychology minor.

  • Small Class Size: An 11:1 student to faculty ratio means that your professors will work with you 1:1 to identify and provide the best opportunities and resources to match your interests and ambitions.

  • Research: At SBU, you will develop independent research projects, get involved with faculty research, publish research studies, and present alongside faculty at national conferences.
  • Experience: 90% of psychology students participate in two or more high-impact activities including internships, field experience, community service, study abroad, and capstone experiences. 

  • Student Clubs: Build your resume and become closer with classmates by joining the Psych Club and Psi Chi, an international merit-based honor society. 

Psychology Careers

Psychology students are in demand. With a psychology degree from St. Bonaventure, you will be prepared for a range of careers in human services, social services, post graduate studies in psychology, business administration, health care, law school, medicine, veterinary medicine and others. Take a look where recent graduates have gone and see how you can prepare for a career in the following fields:

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Art & Music Therapy
  • Social & Market Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Testing/Test Development
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Teaching
  • Information/Library Science

Learn more about the career areas in psychology and what employers are looking for.

Faculty Research & Honors

    Oct 16, 2017

    Dr. Charles Walker
    Professor Emeritus in Psychology, Psychology Department, School of Arts and Sciences
    As part of his "My Brother's Keeper" Series, Dr. Charles Walker recently delivered an address to the faculty and students of Villa Maria College on "Compassion & Happiness: Creating Well-being for Yourself & Others."

    Oct 16, 2017

    Dr. Robin Valeri
    Professor of Psychology, Psychology Department, School of Arts and Sciences
    An article titled "An Analysis of Skinhead Websites and Social Networks, A Decade Later" by Dr. Robin Valeri, Nicole Sweazy (SBU 2017), and Dr. Kevin Borgeson will appear in the Fall 2017 Issue of Michigan Sociological Review. The research examined five Skinhead identities (Traditional, Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice (S.H.A.R.P.), Racist/Nationalist, Gay, and Other) and cultures as presented on the web and on social networks. On the web, Traditional Skinheads followed by Gay Skinheads and Racist/Nationalist Skinheads are the most prevalent. On social networks, Traditional Skinheads and Racist/Nationalists are the most prevalent. The most dominant cultural element, regardless of Skinhead identity, was music, with references to beer, clothes, scooters, and tattoos varying by group. Racist/Nationalist webpages were more likely than any other group to have been updated recently, include recruitment information, and have links to Other Skinhead groups. The results suggest a diversity and complexity to Skinhead culture. As is demonstrated by the diversity of Skinhead groups on the web, in terms of nationality and ideology, the Skinhead movement has proven that it can adapt to incorporate newer social issues such as the vegan, animal rights Skinhead group while retaining ties to older ideals and political movements, as reflected in the continued presence of Traditional Skinheads, Racist/Nationalist Skinheads, and S.H.A.R.P.s. Given their ability to stay connected technologically with youth, their tough and proud image, and the social/political adaptability of the movement, we predict a long future for the Skinhead movement.

    Sep 26, 2017

    Dr. Charles Walker
    Professor Emeritus in Psychology, Psychology Department, School of Arts and Sciences
    Charles Walker, Professor Emeritus in Psychology, presented his research on "Conditions for Creating and Sustaining Social Forms of Flow" at the World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association held in Montreal, Canada. He is also writing a chapter on social flow for Peifer & Engeser's "Advances in Flow Research & Theory" to be published by Springer Inc. in 2018.

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Psychology major Tim Parks appreciates the opportunity to conduct research alongside professors.

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