The study of psychology involves students
in a wide-ranging and intensive exploration of the self.
B.A. in Psychology
Psychology in Breadth & Depth
Explore the field of psychology from cognition to social psychology. Learn about human development, neuroscience, sensation and perception, learning, counseling, abnormal psychology, less traditional areas, and more.
Experience psychology in practice. Our students intern with local organizations providing mental health and substance abuse treatment, grief counseling, equine therapy, and domestic violence services.
“What is beneficial about the Psychology department is its willingness to challenge your emotional and interpersonal intelligence. Psychology isn’t just about the emotions and thoughts that go through your brain, it’s WHY you have those thoughts.” – Teresa Rafello ’16
Each of our students designs and conducts an original empirical research project in their field of interest, from literature review through data analysis and presentation of results. Three courses are dedicated to learning about, preparing for, and completing independent research in psychology.
Our students present at top-tier undergraduate research conferences, including APS, WPA, and the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference. SNC student research has been published in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences, Student Pulse, and the Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal.
“The world of psychology is huge. You can do almost anything under the sun, so having professors who specialize in very different fields really helps us narrow down what we want to study in grad school.” – Katie O’Hara ’16
We offer popular graduate school preparation workshops, which discuss graduate school in psychology from choosing a school and successful application strategies to surviving life in – and after – grad school. Preparation for the MFT and GRE is included in the curriculum.
Our students graduate well qualified for graduate education and careers in their field. Recent alumni have gone on to post-graduate programs at Carleton University, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Northern Arizona University, and Prescott College.
“The level of academic rigor and emphasis on research in the Psychology Program motivates students. The faculty provide a level of support beyond any reasonable expectation to aid students in achieving their goals, whatever they may be.” – Sarah A. Fricke ’15
The Psychology Scholar Program
Fast-track your preparation for a professional future in your chosen Psychology specialty. Conduct original research, intern with a local psychologist, school counselor, or researcher, and be a teaching assistant in an SNC Psychology course. Build exceptional academic and experiential qualifications under the guidance of your dedicated faculty mentor.
The Psychology Scholar Program is limited to five incoming freshman each year. Apply early for priority consideration!
Class of 2014
The first to attend college in her family, Kallie Day came to SNC intending to finish her degree as fast as possible but quickly became focused on the unique learning community on campus. “We talk about the one-on-one," she said, "but I think that unless you have been here, and you have soaked it in through all of these people that you are around, the idea doesn’t have much of an impact.” . . . Read More
Major: English, Psychology
Class of 2012
After taking Psychology 101 in my first semester there was no going back, as I fell in love with the diversity of topics and the freethinking attitude that was promoted from day one. . . . Read More