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Delve into the Behavior of Humans and Animals

Psychology Major

Division of Natural Sciences

At Bridgewater, you’ll delve deep into the physiological, behavioral and mental processes of both humans and animals. The study of psychology can apply to clinical, counseling, educational, industrial or social settings. Through psychology, you can play a central role in the fields of health, sports, politics and business.

The best way to learn about psychology is to do psychology – apply it in labs, presentations, research, brain dissections, internships, experiments and other types of engaged learning. Get ready.

Activities and Clubs

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the international honor society for psychology majors. If you have a GPA of 3.0 or above and are at the sophomore level or higher, you are eligible for membership in Psi Chi.

Lab Research

Recent lab research subjects included:

  • Sensation and Perception (effects of light)
  • Development (animal, impact of drugs on brain development)
  • Social (bullying, gossip, status)

Professional Associations

Attend the Virginia Psychological Association’s annual meeting with the department. Attend – and even present at – the annual meeting of the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society.

You also have the opportunity to complete local internships at places such as:

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Bridgewater Retirement Community
  • Center for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Commonwealth Center for Child and Adolescents
  • Community Services Board
  • Department of Social Services
  • Gemeinschaft Home
  • Mercy House
  • Rockingham County Public Schools
  • Sentara RMH (Rockingham Memorial Hospital)

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with your psychology degree?

Like our recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • Albert Einstein School of Medicine
  • Baylor University
  • College of William and Mary
  • Dartmouth University
  • George Mason University
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Princeton University
  • State University of New York, Binghamton
  • Towson University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington University

And pursue a career as:

  • Allied Health Staff
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Case Worker/Manager
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Counselor
  • Gerontologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Researcher
  • Medical/Science Writer
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Neuroscience Lab Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Advisor
  • Residential Counselor
  • Task Force Coordinator
  • Technical Writer
  • Therapist
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in the field of psychology from the American Psychological Association.

Visit the Department Homepage

Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Alan Eby, Department Chair
540-828-5627
leby@bridgewater.edu