Type of Degree: 
Bachelor of Science in Social Science
Average Time of Commitment/Completion: 
4 years

Why human beings do what they do has been an age-old curiosity. The study of social science and Psychology, in particular, is an attempt to answer this question.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology provides a broad liberal arts education, and students gain the knowledge and tools to study, understand, predict and manage behavior. Psychology emphasizes the study of the mind, brain functioning and behavior, as well as the interaction of the environment and behavior.

At St. Gregory’s, the approach to psychology is phenomenological in the sense that attention is given to understanding, rather than to explanations—to meanings, rather than to mechanisms of behavior. This approach explores and seeks to understand the historical and cultural contexts under which humans act and make sense of the world and themselves. This approach, drawing upon the rich tradition and values of St. Gregory’s Catholic and Benedictine roots, gives attention to the deeper values of human experience, which are carried by imagination and discovered through analysis and interpretation.

Psychology students are given opportunities to conduct research on topics of their interest and are guided through this process. As a result, they develop analytical, scientific and critical-thinking skills that are applicable in many different fields of employment. The study of Psychology at St. Gregory’s University is an excellent preparation for careers in counseling, Christian ministry, law enforcement and many other fields in which understanding of human behavior is crucial.

The program functions as a pre-professional degree that prepares students to pursue graduate level work in the field of clinical, counseling, educational and social-cultural psychology, as well as law, business and teaching. A Psychology minor complements any line of study.

Examples Of Careers/Jobs That Are Suited To This Major: 

Advocate/Organizer, Administrative Support Personnel, Career Counselor, Case Workers, Child/Adult Protective Services, CIA Analyst or Agent, Community Mental Health Professional, Counselor, Corrections Counselor, Crisis Intervention Services, Interviewer, Pastoral Ministry, Probation Officer, Sales/Marketing, School Counselor

Examples Of This Major’s Core Classes: 

PY 2193 - Introduction to Personality
PY 3113 – Developmental Psychology
PY 3143 – Abnormal Psychology
PY 3133 – Physiological Psychology
PY 4113 – Cognitive Psychology
PY 4333 – Spiritual Dimensions of Mental Health

Special Activities/Opportunities You’ll Experience At St. Gregory’s: 

Internships, as well as ands-on experience with faculty conducting research

Our Commitment To You: 

The Mission of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for productive personal reflection, insight, spiritual growth and health, and for the development of strong, supportive, healthy relationships among people at home, at work, in schools and in communities around the world.
At St. Gregory’s University, we study Psychology in the context of the whole person, including environment and culture, personality, biology and spirituality.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about becoming an SGU Psychology major, email our department at

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