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Psychology and Sociology

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Advancing the understanding of human behavior and social interaction

The Department of Psychology and Sociology prepares its students for post-baccalaureate careers or graduate school and gives majors and non-majors alike a strong behavioral and social science foundation that will be useful in whatever career they choose.

 The core value underlying our mission is the conviction that psychology and sociology offer research-supported principles that help us understand human thinking and behavior and for solving many individual, interpersonal, and societal problems. The life-span developmental perspective, sensitivity to diversity, and experiential learning are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Program Outcomes

Students will receive skills in understanding psychological concepts, ideas, and ways of thinking which ultimately can enhance their chances for meaningful living and responsible work.

Specifically, graduates of the program will able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology — including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and career issues.
  • Develop a career plan and professional skills that utilizes their knowledge, skills, and values gained in the psychology major.

Teaching Excellence

One-third of our faculty have received the Lavine Award for teaching excellence.

Formats and Locations

The B.A. in Psychology are offered in a traditional, on-campus format at our main Duluth campus. The minor in psychology is available in a traditional, on-campus format and online.

Application to the program (traditional undergraduates only)

Traditional undergraduate students must first be accepted to St. Scholastica. Visit our traditional undergraduate admissions section for more information.

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Contact Us

Kären Petersen Ph.D., Program Chair

The College of St. Scholastica
School of Sciences
Tower Hall, Room 3646
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone: (218) 723-6031