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Psychology (BA)

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Do you ever wonder why people or animals behave a certain way? Do you ever wonder what they’re thinking? Are you always trying to figure out what makes them tick? As long as we have an interest in understanding the behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals, psychology will remain an important scientific field. The Psychology program at SVSU offers hands-on research experience with faculty mentors and development of professional skills not often found in other programs. In addition, students have opportunities to gain presentation and publication experience as undergraduates, setting them apart when beginning careers or applying to graduate school. Recent surveys of SVSU psychology alumni indicate 94% of graduates found employment, with 61% of those planning to attend or having completed graduate school or professional training. With careers for psychology graduates including scientific research, education, healthcare, industry, criminal justice, data analysis and international relations, plenty of career opportunities exist for SVSU Psychology graduates.

Cardinal Points

  • 94% of SVSU Psychology graduates have found employment. 

  • 61% of SVSU Psychology graduates plan to attend or have completed graduate school or professional training. 

  • Opportunities for students to gain hands-on research, presentation, and/or publication experience as undergraduates. 

  • 11 SVSU Psychology faculty actively involved in a vast range of research topics are available to mentor students in their own related research interests. 

In the SVSU Psychology program, you can study areas such as neurophysiology, sensory processes, perception, cognition and motivation. Other areas of focus include the nature of development, personality, mental disorders, cultural diversity and social influence. Core and foundational courses include biological foundations of psychology, learning & cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and personality and social psychology, as well as two related lab courses. You can also earn college credit while obtaining research experience in psychology.

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Our Students After Graduation...

Employers

Midland Medical Center
Sound-a-Sleep Lab
Perspectives Therapy Services
Bayfield Assisted Living
Morley
Autism Centers of Michigan
Riverbend Rehab
Centria Heathcare
Florida International University
Local psychology clinics

Graduate Programs

Michigan State University
Eastern Michigan University
Central Michigan University
Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ)
Oakland University
Wayne State University
Marymount University
University of Toledo
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
University of Pittsburgh
Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Career Opportunities

Law School
Peace Corp
Behavioral Technician
Data Analyst
Social Work
Counseling
Behavioral Specialist
Medical or Veterinary School
Research Assistant
Speech/Language Pathology
Criminal Justice
Sleep Technician
Human Resources Specialist
Psychometrist

  • 14% job growth for psychologists, clinical psychologists, mental health and abuse counselors, and research psychologists (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Glassdoor.com)

  • The yearly median pay for those with a bachelor's degree in psychology is $55,000 (Verywellmind.com)

  • In the SVSU Psychology program, you can study areas such as neurophysiology, sensory processes, perception, cognition and motivation. Other areas of focus include the nature of development, personality, mental disorders, cultural diversity and social influence. Core and foundational courses include biological foundations of psychology, learning & cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and personality and social psychology, as well as two related lab courses. You can also earn college credit while obtaining research experience in psychology.

Cardinal Successes

The stories below offer insight into how our students have turned their SVSU education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Alissa Rutkowski Assists in planning congressional meetings & performs policy research

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Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.