Psychology: Major & Minor


Have you ever found yourself looking for your keys only to find them in your hand? Or why everyone stands quietly in an elevator staring at the flashing numbers? Or perhaps you’ve wondered at the moments where everything seems to be going your way. The study of psychology is what investigates these everyday situations and the questions which follow.

“Don’t become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin.”Ivan Pavlov

Psychology is the science concerned with the human mind and how thoughts, impulses and habits translate into manifest behavior. It goes beyond mental health and explores issues including:

  • Emotions
  • Productivity
  • Development
  • Perception
  • Happiness
  • Motivation
  • Creativity

The psychology major at Southern Virginia offers students the opportunity to explore the “mystery” within these important areas. Because psychology is so diverse in its focus and research, it also prepares students for a wide variety of careers. It helps students develop universally useful skills such as communication, critical-thinking, and a proficiency for analyzing data. So if you’re curious about why we do the things that we do and are ready for a rewarding career, consider studying psychology at Southern Virginia.

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Faculty Contacts:

  • Alan Whitehead, Ph.D. – Program Coordinator
  • Alison Caldwell-Andrews, Ph.D.
  • Jeff Batis, Ph.D.
  • Michael Gibbons, Ph.D.