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Students expand upon classroom knowledge through participation in faculty research or independent studies.


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

    May 2, 2018

    Dr. Robin Maria Valeri
    Professor of Psychology, School of Arts & Sciences
    Dr. Robin Maria Valeri, Capt. Christopher Ward (New York City Fire Department) and Dustin Kowalik (SBU class of '20) presented their research, "Assessing the Human Threat to Members of the Fire Service," on April 18 at the 2018 Intelligence Liaison Officer Conference in Utica, N.Y. On April 14 and 15, Valeri completed training at the National Fire Academy as a Youth Firesetter Program Manager.

    Feb 21, 2018

    Dr. Robin Valeri
    Psychology Professor, Psychology Department
    In January 2018, Dr. Robin Valeri had two co-authored research methods case studies published by Sage: Valeri, R. M. & Borgeson (January 2018). Understanding the Complexity of Gay Skinhead Identity Through Case Studies. Sage Research Methods Cases. Valeri, R. M. Sweazy, & Borgeson (January 2018). Exploring Skinhead Identity and Culture Through a Content Analysis of Skinhead Webpages and Social Network Pages. Sage Research Methods Cases.

    Feb 7, 2018

    Dr. Robin Valeri
    Professor, Psychology Department
    In November 2017, Dr. Robin Valeri, together with Erik Furgal (SBU 2017) and Samantha Gier (SBU 2019), presented "The State of the Islamic State: From Physical World to Virtual Reality" at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, in Philadelphia, Pa.

    Valeri also presented, along with Kevin Burgeson (SBU 2017), Josiely Reyes (SBU 2017) and Cynthia Symons, "Lifting the Veil: Religiously Motivated Hate Crimes Against Veiled Women" at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. 

    Valeri and Burgeson also recently co-authored the book "Skinhead History, Identity, and Culture" New York, N.Y.: Routledge. On November 8, 2017, Valeri was asked to present a talk on "The Proliferation of Hate" at the Prendergast Library, Jamestown, N.Y.

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Mentored research

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

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