Why do people act or feel a certain way? How does the brain influence behavior, and how can our behaviors change our brain? How do we learn, remember, and make decisions? These are some of the questions psychologists ask. Psychology is a broad field, blending natural science with social science and humanities. Our B.S. program emphasizes research-related skills and the scientific aspects of psychology, so it’s ideal for students interested in doctoral programs in psychology or medical school. It’s also a good choice if you have a strong aptitude for math and the sciences, regardless of your eventual career. You’ll be exposed to all areas of psychology and can participate in field experiences or hands-on research in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
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"Seton Hall’s psychology professors’ diverse range of interests help expose students to different fields of psychology and also trained us to think and inquire like psychologists. The Honors Program helps prepare students for graduate school by going through the process of performing a literature search and review, designing an experiment, then presenting results at the end of the year."Mae Anne P. Manzano ’16
Like the B.A. program, our B.S. program introduces you to all areas of psychology, including biological psychology, abnormal psychology, cognitive neuroscience and drug and alcohol abuse, among many others. You’ll start with a one-credit course designed to help you understand the major, learn about employment opportunities with a degree in psychology, and make sure psychology is the right major for you.
You’ll also take extra courses in math and science as part of your B.S. requirements, and you’ll acquire marketable skills in areas such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and verbal and written communication. An adviser will help you tailor the program to your interests and objectives.
Not only can you take engaging courses with world-class professors, you’ll also have opportunities to get hands-on experience. Most full-time faculty have active research labs and students can get first-hand experience with cutting-edge research in our cognitive, developmental, social, animal learning, and behavioral neuroscience laboratories. You can also complete a for-credit internship, where you might be placed in a clinic, hospital, courthouse, mental health center, counseling, community center or school throughout the state. These internships offer hands-on experience and for many students lead directly to post-graduation jobs.
Faculty members in the Department of Psychology are nationally recognized scholars with research expertise spanning the diverse areas of the field. Faculty research has been funded through awards from the U.S. Fulbright Scholar program, the Department of Education, the American Psychological Association, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. Faculty member distinctions include serving on the editorial boards for journals, serving as review panelists for the National Science Foundation, serving on the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) Board of Directors, presiding as President for EPA, and earning fellow status in both APA and EPA.
As one of the country's leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Seton Hall is a place that nurtures compassionate leaders who are prepared to make a difference in the world.
Seton Hall offers all the advantages of a large research university - a national reputation; challenging academic programs; notable alumni; state-of-the-art facilities; renowned faculty; and extensive opportunities for internships, research and scholarship - with all the benefits of a small, supportive and nurturing environment.
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