Psychology is the science of the human mind and behavior, exploring issues like perception, emotions, development, happiness, motivation, creativity, and mental wellbeing.
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.
Begin by taking Introduction to General Psychology (PSY 105) in your first year
Get in touch with Professor Alison Caldwell-Andrews to discuss your interests and goals
Turn in a completed Declare Major form to the Registrar’s Office
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“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.”
– Professor Alison Caldwell-Andrews