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Undergraduate Major Psychology (BA)

Analyze and Explore the Mind as an SNHU Psychology Major

Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and become well-versed in major psychological concepts, human behavior and research methods. Develop critical thinking and versatile skills important to communicating effectively in many formats. Enjoy small class sizes and easy access to expert faculty and dedicated advisors.

See Yourself Succeed as a Psychology Major

As a psychology major at SNHU, you can tailor your BA program with electives focused on your area of interest in psychology. Each path prepares you for careers in community, school and business settings and creates a solid foundation for graduate studies.

Elect the BA in Psychology alone or choose a concentration in:

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Mental Health

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in psychology at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Affordability. SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. (This scholarship amount is only for students who do not need a visa to study in the U.S.)
  • Innovative programs. Study abroad at little or no extra cost.
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands.
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine.

Internships & Outcomes

Throughout your undergraduate psychology studies, you'll gain a thorough understanding of psychological principles and how to apply them to social and organizational issues. At the conclusion of your BA program, you'll be able to:

  • Understand human thought and behavior concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, trends and ethical issues
  • Demonstrate psychological knowledge, skills and values during experiential learning experiences
  • Develop insight into behaviors and mental processes and apply effective management and improvement strategies
  • Apply fundamental research methods in psychology, research design, data analysis and interpretation
  • Use major research methodologies to critique, analyze and interpret results of psychological research
  • Display effective written and oral communication skills, correct use of APA format and extensive computer skills

You may choose to engage in any number of practical learning experiences as an intern or volunteer, including the opportunity to gain firsthand experience at organizations such as the Concord Mental Health Court, Manchester Mental Health Center or Riverbend Community Mental Health. Or, you may work with faculty on research, presentations and publishing.

Upon graduation, your SNHU BA in Psychology opens up a world of opportunities. If you're eager to join the workforce, you might consider the fields of case management, community outreach, or dozens of others that stress interpersonal relations and human resource management.

Our psychology undergraduates are also accepted into master's and doctoral programs in both psychology and related disciplines.

Curriculum

In addition to taking seven required and four elective psychology courses, you'll take core liberal arts courses and 21 credits of free electives. This coursework will enhance your knowledge and understanding of applications in psychology, as well as help you develop strong communication and critical thinking skills.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in psychology program includes:

  • General education
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

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Campus Undergraduate Costs

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.