The goal of Maryville’s Psychology program is to educate you about the guiding psychological principles of human behavior through inquiry, investigation, critical thinking and reflection.
Learn more about our programs: Psychology, B.A., Psychology, B.A. with a concentration in Rehabilitation, Psychology Minor
About the Psychology Program
Our program is designed around the guidelines suggested by the American Psychological Association to provide a strong foundation in the broad theoretical issues of contemporary psychology, as well as applied, practical experience. Critical thinking is emphasized throughout the program as is the ability to understand psychological research. In addition to the core areas of psychology, including human development, clinical, social, biological and cognitive, we also offer unique electives in the areas of sport psychology, forensic psychology, trauma, and multicultural psychology. This combination allows students to explore areas of particular interest.
Our low student-faculty ratio allows us to focus on experiential learning. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects as well as design and conduct independent projects. In addition, all majors have the ability to complete an internship in an area matching their unique interests. We have strong relationships throughout the St. Louis area, and last year our students performed 7,500 hours of service at over 40 sites, many of which are non-profit. The learning opportunities afforded by these experiences are invaluable when applying for a job or for admission to a graduate program.
Maryville psychology graduates, with uniquely customized programs of study and applied learning experiences, are well-prepared and competitive for numerous career opportunities and graduate studies in areas such as counseling, social work, and law. Some of our alumni now work as child support specialists, child services workers, social workers, substance abuse counselors, support managers for people with developmental disabilities, community support workers, and human resources directors.