Psychology BA
Psychology is the scientific study of thought, behavior, and experience. Many people associate psychology with psychological therapy and the practice of clinical psychology. There are also many other important areas of scientific psychology, such as cognitive, developmental, industrial/organizational, and social psychology. What these subfields of psychology have in common is the use of the scientific method to understand human behavior and apply that understanding to the development of theory and practice. Psychologists are increasingly making use of neuroscience methods and theories to understand psychological phenomena. As a profession, psychology is related to fields such as health, education, marketing, human resources, social work, and more. The principles of psychology are relevant to almost all areas of human endeavor, and the career paths of psychology students reflect this wealth of possibilities.
Degree Types: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Minor

Degree Options

  • Four B.S. options: Biological and Evolutionary Science, Business, Neuroscience, Quantitative Skills
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Criminology
  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Spanish
  • French and Francophone Studies

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You want to better understand people’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
  • You want to learn about how the brain works, how it malfunctions, and how it recovers.
  • You are interested in child development, mental health, personality, social interactions, organizations, and neuroscience.
  • You want a career as a psychologist, counselor, social worker, or other human services professional.
  • You want a broad understanding of human behavior to help you pursue a career in any of many fields.


  • Clinical psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Industrial/organizational psychology
  • Social psychology

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

  • Bank of America and BofA Securities
  • Camp Pegasus
  • Centre Safe
  • Institute for Organizational Mindfulness
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Research labs
  • and many others based on student interests
Students in CAMS/HIST 199 Roman Cities at Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy in June 2022
United Kingdom

Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Business
  • Clinical/counseling
  • Forensics
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Psychology specialties
  • Public policy
  • Social work
Behavioral Health, Consulting, Education, Human Resources, Management, Psychology analysis (FBI), Research, Service (Teach for America)

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This program is housed in the Department of Psychology
 at Penn State University Park and Penn State World Campus.
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