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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 our 2013 and 2014 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.

Student Spotlight

Currently there are approximately 150 undergraduates majoring or minoring in psychology. Senior psychology major Tim Parks appreciates the opportunity to join faculty in research.

Faculty Research & Honors

    Sep 29, 2016

    Dr. Robin Valeri
    Professor of Psychology

    Dr. Robin Valeri, professor of psychology, and Dr. Kevin Borgeson, associate professor of criminal justice, Salem State University, had a chapter titled "Masculine Identities within the Skinhead Movement: How Straight Men, Gay Men, and Women Embody and Perform Masculinity in a Culture of Traditional Masculinity," published in Advances in Sociology Research: Vol. 19,(pp. 39-58).

    Using qualitative research methods and interviews, the chapter explores masculinities within the skinhead movement. Specifically this chapter examines how three sub-groups of skinheads, heterosexual men, gay men, and women each define and live masculinity within a culture that espouses a traditional hegemonic definition of masculinity. Skinheads present a tough, hard “don’t mess with me” image and a culture that promotes drinking, fighting, slam dancing, and the attributes of aggressiveness, competitiveness, restricted emotions, and limited affectionate behavior between men that are associated with traditional masculinity. Drawing on information from their online communications as well interviews with member of each of these subgroups, we will compare and contrast the extent to which each group embraces the traditional hegemonic masculinity associated with the skinhead movement in relation to skinhead identity, ideology and culture and examine how members of each of these groups, as they interact with other skinheads, embody, interpret, and perform some attributes of traditional masculinity while distancing themselves from others.