Psychology, Clinical/Counseling Concentration, BS

Psychology, Clinical/Counseling Concentration, BS

It’s more vital than ever to have well-trained, radically empathetic mental health professionals in the world.

This major is designed for students interested in clinical/counseling psychology or social work. Using a balance of theoretical and experimental work, our program will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of psychotherapy, human development, and cognitive science. All of this takes place within small, discussion-rooted classes, a hallmark of the liberal arts tradition.

Guided by our renowned, approachable faculty, you’ll hone your ability to wrestle with unfamiliar problems and ethical issues, the tools to investigate topics in-depth, and the communication skills needed to share information with others. We’re committed to providing you with hands-on opportunities, both in formal classes and through directed laboratory, field research opportunities at home and abroad, and independent study.


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Upon completion of the requirements for the bachelor of science degree in psychology, students will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of and be able to critically analyze the theoretical approaches, research findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • UNDERSTAND multiple research methods and statistical tools and be able to use them to design research and collect, analyze, and interpret data, as well as proficiently write a research report using standard APA format.
  • DEMONSTRATE an understanding of the multiple ways gender, culture, age, and sexual orientation affect psychological processes (e.g., perception, memory, learning, affect, social behavior, and development).
  • APPLY psychological theory and research to real-world problems and issues.

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"Being a Psychology major with a concentration in Clinical and Counseling taught me how there are a variety of ways people think and act, which comes with different approaches on how to address them. The Clinical and Counseling classes taught me that there is no perfect way of assisting everyone, but rather a combination. This program helped me to have a more open mind about the world and how we operate in it."

Victoria Jacobo, '22, Clinical/Counseling Concentration


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