Investigate the nature of our human experience and human behavior.
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

Research Experience

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

Professional Preparation

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

Meet Our Students…

Justine Nelson

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology and Art

Class of 2016

Growing up in the small town of Incline Village has been a blessing in my life, teaching me the importance of connection with my community and the environment. We all have the capability to help each other grow, and my studies at SNC have shown me just how far we reach! . . . Read More

Nicole Ross

Major: English, Psychology, Teacher Education

Class of 2017

I loved reading with my mom when I was young, and even now that I'm older, I am just as excited to read and share stories. I decided to turn my passion for reading into a teaching career after my eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Wolff, inspired me. Now that I am at SNC, I have been able to volunteer and teach in classrooms all over Incline. I feel that my experiences here at SNC have allowed me to grow in nearly every aspect of my life. . . . Read More

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Please see the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS page for specific major course requirements.

Christina M. Frederick
Psychology Program Chair

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This major is offered in the SNC at LTCC program. Begin your college education at Lake Tahoe Community College, then transfer into SNC’s LTCC program and graduate with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited private non-profit college without leaving South Lake Tahoe.

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