Students identify causes that influence thoughts, actions, and feelings, then can predict and modify human behavior.
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Marist Helps You Help Others
Psychology majors at Marist have varied interests but one thing in common—they want to help people, and our resources will help you do that. We offer extensive research opportunities, diverse internships, and a flexible curriculum to guide you toward your career goals. Our students are very successful in transitioning to work after college or graduate programs in fields as varied as research, psychotherapy, counseling, public health, law school, medical school, and more.
Learn From Experts in the Psychology Field
Our Psychology faculty are at the top of their field and have a diverse range of specialties. Our faculty is intentionally composed of professionals with a wide array of experiences, expertise, and training backgrounds, exposing our students to a variety of subdisciplines both within and outside the Psychology major. Meet a few of our faculty members below, or view all Psychology faculty>
Dr. Fredrick received their PhD in Experimental Psychology in 2017. Some of their current research includes bisexual microaggressions and quality of life, as well as LGBTQ+ individuals experience of structural stigma in the current political climate.
Dr. Trent received his PhD in Social/Personality Psychology. His research has focused on first impression judgements, and he is also interested in how different aspects of modern society (e.g., smartphones, social media, consumerism, etc.) influence human behavior. Dr. Trent particularly enjoys working with students on research projects they are passionate about.
Dr. Levering teaches and researches cognitive psychology, trying to better understand how we perceive, remember, and think. Regularly involving students in her research, she is currently focused on how we develop stereotypes about social groups based on physical or psychological traits.
Research With Faculty From Day One
Marist Psychology students are encouraged to participate in thoughtful research with faculty early on in their academic careers. Whether you choose to pursue a graduate degree or jump right into the field, undergraduate research is invaluable in progressing toward your goals.
Develop Important Skills to Succeed
Students integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion to support effective practices in their fields.
Experience hones workplace demeanor and guides ethical decision making in employment settings.
Students become engaging public speakers, able to read an audience and generate productive discussion.
Students master the technology platforms that will support their success in any work environment.
Students use empirical tools to develop hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and form evidence-based conclusions.
Customize Your Career Path
At Marist, we have mastered the art of pairing a well-rounded core education with unique classes specific to your goals and interests. What does this mean for you? It means your career opportunities are endless. Take a look at just a few academic paths and careers our students have explored.
Crime Scene Investigator
Public Health Administration
*formulas are examples of major and minor combinations that some students have explored en route to their corresponding careers. Each career in these examples requires more than only majors and minors, but are meant to convey the wide range of academic possibilities and career options available through Marist's Psychology Program.
Extensive Top-Tier Internship Opportunities
Internships are a core part of the Psychology curriculum. In an industry with increasingly high standards, field experience before entering the workforce is essential for helping our students excel in their careers. Here are just a few examples of internship opportunities our students are involved in:
Marist Psychology By the Numbers
99% of graduates from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.
According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage of psychologists is nearly $80K.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the psychologist career outlook is expected to increase by 14% over the next decade.
I absolutely loved studying Psychology at Marist! Through my studies, I figured out that I wanted to become a school psychologist, so I ended up staying at Marist to complete my MA in School Psychology. After that, I was certified and ready to work.
Psychology MajorRead Nicholas's story >
I feel greater appreciation for Marist even more now than I did my freshman year. The Hudson River is beautiful, and campus life is active and lively. The students are eager to learn, the classes are eye-opening and impactful, and we're able to have really important conversations about weighty topics.
Communication Major, Psychology MinorRead Marika's story >
Marist equipped me with the leadership skills I needed through practical experience. The experiences I gained...helped me develop skills I have used throughout my entire professional life, including the importance of standing up for the most vulnerable in our community.
Sports Communication Major, Mathematics Major, Psychology MinorRead Andrew's story >
I applied early decision to Marist. I could tell that people had a lot of school spirit. I liked that it was a liberal arts schools because I wasn't sure what I wanted to major in at first. Marist also has a really good study abroad program; the Florence campus was really important to me.
Social Work Major, Psychology MinorRead Maggie's story >
I love helping people, so I want to share these experiences with children and let them know that they, too, can have these opportunities. I want them to know that they're capable of more than they realize and that things can and do get better.
Psychology Major, Sociology and Music MinorRead Justin's story >
My education at Marist is what drives me to succeed. My personal story and experiences inspire me to keep being positive and not take anything for granted.
Psychology Major, Business MinorRead Qadan's story >
The Value of a Marist Education
At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.