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Psychology Program (Major, minor)

Department overviewPsychology (M., m.)

What is the Psychology Program?

The Psychology Program structures coursework and field placements to integrate experiential learning with rigorous study of psychology as the scientific study of human beings.

The program's curriculum does not emphasize any single school of thought. Instead, it provides a broad-based education in psychology that gives students completing the program the skills and self-confidence to use a variety of perspectives in their work with people.

Why study psychology at Saint Martin's?

Psychology at Saint Martin’s is deeply aligned with the Benedictine principle of service to others. This foundation offers students a rigorous, yet compassionate, environment for developing their skills as creative, thoughtful leaders in the mental and social health fields.

Additional benefits include:

  • One 15-week required internship for all majors in both research and applied tracks
  • Research projects generated and carried out by students. Faculty act as guides
  • Faculty exclusively staffed by clinical and experimental professionals. All faculty are trained as practitioners as well as researchers
  • Approximately 60 percent of graduates move directly into entry-level social service positions. Remaining graduates pursue advanced degrees in counseling and social work
  • Participation in Psi Chi, the psychology honor society for exceptional students
  • Student leadership opportunities through Saint Martin's Psychology Club

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our psychology outcomes website.

What can I do with this major or minor?

A Bachelor of Arts in psychology prepares graduates for advanced study in counseling and social work, along with careers in a variety of health and human service fields including:

  • Mental health services
  • Law enforcement
  • Teaching
  • Art or music therapy
  • Crisis work
  • Labor relations

In addition, an array of professions utilizes the skills of critical and scientific thinking about behavioral experiences that are developed as a participant in the Psychology Program. These include fields such as:

  • Business
  • Law school
  • Banking
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy programs
  • Social work

For a complete list of professional applications, visit For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?


  • 12 semester hours of lower-division courses including:
    • MTH 201 Introduction to Statistics
    • PSY 205 Child and Adolescent Development
  • 30 semester hours of upper-division courses such as:
    • PSY 320 Social Psychology
    • PSY 430 Learning, Cognition, and Behavior
  • 12 additional upper-division elective courses in psychology


  • Six semester hours of lower-division courses
    • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
    • PSY 240 Research Methods
  • 15 semester hours of upper-division courses
    • PSY 320 Social Psychology
    • PSY 335 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY 420 Personality Theories
  • Two additional upper-division courses in psychology

In addition to required courses, Saint Martin’s offer a variety of interesting and unique electives courses such as Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Psychology and Law and Trauma and Recovery.

For a complete breakdown of psychology courses and requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research / internship opportunities

Students may take as many as twelve internship credits while completing their degrees. Students pursue internships consistent with their own interests in a variety of settings. These include school counseling, youth outreach, parent and family support, juvenile and adult corrections, drug and alcohol counseling, youth recreation leadership, mental health counseling, case management, social welfare casework, elder services, halfway house and shelter work, vocational rehabilitation, and personnel work.

Internship locations include:

  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Military/JBLM
  • Thurston County prosecutor's office
  • Crisis Clinics
  • Haven House

In addition to internship opportunities, Saint Martin’s psychology students are encouraged refine and present their senior capstone research projects at such venues as:

  • Western Psychological Association conferences
  • American Psychological Association (APA) conferences

Related fields of study

Counseling Psychology (Master of Arts) | Social Work (M.) | Criminal justice (M., m.) | Community services (M.) | Communications studies (M., m.) | English (M., m.) | Religious studies (M., m.)

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