Engage in a wide-ranging and intensive exploration of the self.
Bachelor of Arts 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.
SNC at UCLA’s 2017 Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
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.
Meet Psychology Alum
Class of 2014
One of my jobs as the Psychology Department intern at SNC was to help with student advising, which got me interested in college prep and planning for high school students. Now I'm getting my MA in Counseling with an emphasis in school counseling, and a PPS (Pupil Personnel Services) credential for counseling K - 12. . . . Read More
“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 2016
I chose to major in Psychology because my personal experience got me interested in how we let ourselves think, why we accept difficult situations, and how we work toward viable solutions. I've been challenged on many levels in the program, and it's fine tuned my focus and determination to amazing levels. My senior research project has been the most strenuous journey of my academic career but it has paid off - all the students in my senior experimental design course have been accepted to present our research at the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference in May! . . . Read More
Class of 2018
Getting involved in a relationship that was extremely dysfunctional after high school really got me interested in the topics of mental health and well-being. Educating myself was the only way for me to heal after that terrible experience. My classes at SNC have transformed my way of thinking, especially my psychology classes. . . . Read More