Major & Minor


Psychology is the science of the human mind and behavior, exploring issues like perception, emotions, development, happiness, motivation, creativity, and mental wellbeing.

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About the Psychology Major

The psychology major at Southern Virginia University dives deep into the mystery of the human mind: cognition, emotion, motivation, neuroscience, productivity, development, perception, happiness, creativity, and more.

Because of our small class sizes at Southern Virginia University, you will enjoy personal and professional relationships with your professors who have a wide variety of expertise in neuroscience, clinical and consulting experience, industrial/organizational psychology, research, addiction, and more.

Often paired with additional minors and concentrations, the study of psychology allows one to better understand oneself and others, be an informed consumer of research, and be prepared for leadership roles. These skills you develop can applied to a wide variety of careers inside and outside of traditional psychology.

In the major, you could find yourself role-playing to practice empathy, visiting a juvenile delinquency institution, learning how to be an effective sports coach, participating in a national research study replication project, or making a video that explores drug effects. With challenging upper-level classes often similar to graduate-level classes, you will be well prepared to continue your education in whatever field you choose.

Learning Outcomes

What you’ll learn in the Psychology major:

  1. Fundamental knowledge of psychological concepts and principles
  2. Understanding of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including research methods
  3. Familiarity with ethical standards and socially responsible behaviors
  4. Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills

Career Opportunities

There is a wide array of potential careers with a psychology degree, including jobs in counseling, marketing, social work, and more depending on your personal and professional goals. Learn where a career in psychology can take you.

  • Psychotherapist, Counselor, or Social Worker
  • Human Resources or Organizational Behavior Specialist
  • Marketing or Sales Manager
  • Information Specialist or Data Analyst
  • Academic, Guidance, or Admissions Counselor
  • Behavior Specialist or Case Manager

Getting Started in the Psychology Major

Follow these simple steps below to get a head start in the
Psychology Major today.


Begin by taking Introduction to General Psychology (PSY 105) in your first year

Contact Your Advisor

Get in touch with New Tab, Open Bio for: Professor Alison Caldwell-Andrews to discuss your interests and goals


Turn in a completed PDFDeclare Major Form to the Registrar’s Office

Questions? Contact the Registrar at

Psychology Faculty

Professor Jeff Batis

Jeff Batis

Professor of Psychology

Professor Alison Caldwell-Andrews

Alison Caldwell-Andrews

Associate Professor of Psychology; Psychology Program Coordinator

Professor Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Alan Whitehead

Associate Professor of Psychology

“There’s this idea that a psychology degree is not employable. That couldn’t be further from the truth. You cannot find a field that is more disparate in terms of what we look at. You could be studying how the ear works, you could be studying trauma, you could be doing forensics, you could be studying how apes behave. Psychology is everywhere, and there’s so much you can do with it.”

—Alison Caldwell-Andrews, Psychology Program Coordinator