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When you major or minor in Psychology at Cabrini, you will learn about human behavior and how to apply that knowledge to personal, societal, and organizational issues.

In your core courses, you’ll learn research methodology, get hands-on laboratory experience, and gain assessment and evaluation skills.


Contact Information

Melissa S. Terlecki, PhD
Professor, Psychology

Iadarola Center, Room 101B

At a glance:

Total credits for major


Total credits for minor


Projected job growth to 2024*


Psychology Program Details

The course of study for Cabrini's Psychology major* is based on a generalist model that is designed to prepare students for a variety of fields within psychology as well as in related disciplines. Heavy emphasis is given to preparing students for graduate study and developing those skills necessary to function effectively in a field that is based on empirical research. Students take a wide array of courses fostering laboratory research, social and developmental skills, and neurological and clinical experiences. 

Emphasis is given to psychology as both a natural and social science within the framework of a liberal arts and sciences education. Students may pursue double majors and minors. The department works closely with the sociology, criminology, and social work programs to enhance the student’s career opportunities and allow for diversity of curricula and faculty. 

It is important for students who plan careers as professional psychologists to know that graduate training in psychology is often essential. Therefore, heavy emphasis is given to preparing students for future graduate training and specialization in our program.

*Classified as a Bachelor of Science beginning in the 2022-23 academic year.

Employment Outlook

Students who plan careers as professional psychologists should know that graduate training in psychology is essential. Therefore, heavy emphasis is given to preparing students for future graduate training and education in our program. 

Graduates have worked in a variety of fields, including careers as: 

  • Art therapists
  • Behavior specialists
  • Camp directors
  • Career counselors
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Counseling psychologists
  • Doctors
  • Educational psychologists
  • Forensic psychologists
  • Mental health technicians
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Parole officers
  • Professors
  • Public assistance workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Recreational therapists
  • Rehabilitation psychologists
  • Research assistants
  • Research analysts
  • Social workers
  • School psychologists
  • Sports psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Youth group workers
  • Youth ministry workers

Cabrini Psychology Major Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology (APA goals I, III) 
  2. apply basic research methods and the scientific approach to solving problems ethically in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and presentation skills (APA goals II, III, IV) 
  3. use critical thinking to apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues in a diverse world (APA goals I, II, III) 
  4. acknowledge biological and cognitive underpinnings in understanding the development of normal and abnormal thinking and behavior (APA goals I, II, III)
  5. explore pathways in psychology for career and professional development (APA goal V)                                                

*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for employment category: Life, physical, and social science occupations.