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Engage in the scientific study of behavior. Enrolled students enjoy a robust curriculum strengthened by research into individual and social problems.

In order to help students pursue their career aspirations, the psychology program offers a number of options for students to be successful in a variety of fields from business, communications, and social services to medicine, dentistry and physical therapy.

Consider psychology as a major if you are intrigued by these questions:

  • Why do people behave in particular ways?
  • What is the best way to help someone struggling with a particular disorder?
  • What is the relationship between thought and action?
  • How do people develop their personality traits?
  • How do childhood experiences shape an individual?

I’ve learned so much from my time at the crisis hotline and even more from the amazing faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Core coursework encompasses statistics, biology, and human behavior. Sample courses include:

  • Close Relationships
  • Using Robots to Understand the Mind
  • Psychology of Childhood
  • Decision Making
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Health Psychology

View official B.A. requirements .

Practical Experience

The psychology program offers a huge variety of experiential learning opportunities as supplements to the curriculum.

  • Work side-by-side with faculty and graduate students on cutting edge research  — topics include substance use, autism, ADHD, romantic relationships, prejudice, memory, and decision making
  • Take part in the PRIDE summer research experience — a seven week program where students work closely with faculty and graduate student mentors on an original research project
  • Challenge yourself as a Renée Crown University Honors student
  • Join the Psychology Club to network and collaborate with students in the program

Study Abroad

Enhance your resume and your college experience with a semester abroad. Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S.,  Syracuse Abroad  has more than 100 programs in 60 countries. 

Psychology majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence, London, Madrid , and Strasbourg, and to World Partner programs DIS Copenhagen, Kansai Gaidai University (Osaka, Japan), Tel Aviv University, University College Dublin , the University of New South Wales, and the University of Queensland .

Summer programs of interest may include: Health Psychology: Mind, Body, Culture (London), Italy and the Italians: A Cross-Cultural Study (Florence), Abnormal Psychology (Madrid), and Cross-Cultural Psychology (Madrid).

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in psychology, you’ll be prepared for a number of careers, including:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Industrial psychologist
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Mental health and substance abuse social worker
  • Research psychologist
  • School psychologist

Or pursue a graduate degree. Recent graduates of the program have attended many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

The College of Arts and Sciences Career Services will work with you to find out where you want to go after graduation and provide the tools to help you get there.