Southern Utah University’s Psychology bachelor’s degree program explores the fascinating science of behavior and mental processes. Students may choose a research-focused course of study or the clinical/counseling focused option. A research focused major can lead to the more scientific aspects of a career in Psychology. A clinical/counseling focus to the major is more in line with a future in counseling or human services. In addition, by taking the courses for a human services specialization, students can earn a social work license, which opens doors in the human services field for Psychology majors.
Psychology professors are deeply involved in helping students choose courses that support their career goals and form strong mentoring relationships with students in classes that typically average just 20-30 students. All Psychology professors are heavily involved in research and give students many opportunities to take an active role in their research undertakings, including presenting research findings at professional conferences.
Internships are another great strength of the SUU Psychology bachelor’s program. Although internships are not required, the department has a dedicated internship coordinator who helps interested students find the ideal opportunity to support their long-term career objectives. The Psychology department maintains strong relationships with organizations throughout Cedar City and the southern Utah region, and at any given time there are as many as 100 internships available.
By the time you complete this highly experiential Psychology bachelor’s degree program you will be well prepared to take the next step in your future, be that into the workplace or on to graduate school.
Nearly half of all Psychology majors are employed in business and industry, primarily in human resources, management, and sales. Many have jobs in social services with both government and nonprofit agencies.
Those who go on to complete a master’s degree may find employment as a counselor, school psychologist, social worker, or other such position.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Psychology graduates can anticipate the following careers to have these prospects through 2022:
|Position||Anticipated Growth||Median annual salary|
|Human Resources Manager||13 percent||$99,720|
|Substance Abuse Counselor||31 percent||$38,520|
|Psychiatric Technician or Aide||5 percent||$27,440|
|Manufacturing Sales Representative||9 percent||$57,870|
Psychology of Culture – Gain an appreciation for the intricacies of cross-cultural research and how it is used.
Research Design – Understand the key issues involved in the design and interpretation of psychological research.
Abnormal Psychology – Explore behaviors typically classified as abnormal and treatment strategies typically employed to treat patients with these behaviors today.
Contact information for department resources
Dr. Britt Mace
Name: Tessa Nicole Salisbury
Graduated: Class of 2008
Current job: Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, Brigham Young University
"My experience at SUU was beyond wonderful and SUU easily became my second home. While a student at SUU, I was given opportunities that greatly expanded and increased my knowledge of psychology as well as further developed my clinical skills. The opportunities and individual attention I received at SUU significantly aided in getting me where I am today."