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Psychology at Providence College

At Providence College, our psychology program is designed to provide not only a thorough and sound foundation in the principles of the discipline, but many and varied opportunities to apply that knowledge through independent and collaborative research. Our approach to the discipline is aligned with other sciences and anchored in rational discourse and empirical research methods, with the goal of understanding the biological, developmental, sociocultural, and individual aspects of behavior to reduce human pain and suffering, redress social injustice, and enrich the human condition. Our students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and experience to excel in graduate study or in a wide variety of careers, from human services to research, business, government, education, and many others.


Psychology Department
Science Complex 107A

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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Students majoring in psychology complete 12 psychology courses (39 credits) that together provide foundational knowledge, as well as varied breadth and depth of study in the student’s areas of interest. Introduction to Psychology and Research Design & Statistical Analysis I and II make up the foundational courses. Students then choose at least one course from each of four domains: Understanding Individuals, Understanding Biological Processes, Understanding Social and Cultural Contexts, and Understanding Developmental Processes. The curriculum is rounded out with a seminar course, an advanced laboratory course, and three electives.

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Become a member of PC’s chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honors Society in Psychology

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Conduct research in one of PC’s many psychology labs in the state-of-the-art Science Complex

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Present a poster at the annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity


Our faculty members are experts in an array of specializations. Areas like biopsychology and behavioral neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology, forensic psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychopathology, behavior therapy, social psychology, health psychology, cognitive psychology, Freudian psychoanalysis, and child development.



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For Prospective Majors

The deadline to declare psychology as your major and qualify for pre-registration is two weeks before the mid-semester date. Pre-registration is two weeks before the mid-semester date. Add psychology as a major.


Psychology graduates possess skills applicable to many careers in business, human services, and government. Graduate training in psychology broadens their opportunities, particularly in areas of mental health, education, industrial planning, and research.


of 2018-2022 psychology graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school


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Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.

Selected Places of Employment/Service

Acceleration Behavioral Therapies
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Bradley Hospital-Lifespan
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dell Technologies
Gray Matters
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Little Sisters of the Poor
Petrarca Law Offices
Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Rhode Island Hospital
Robert Half
The Broad Institute of MIT
Walt Disney World
Yale University School of Medicine

Selected Graduate Schools

Boston College
Brown University
Columbia University
Florida State University
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
New York University
Northeastern University
Rutgers University
St. Joseph’s University
The MGH Institute of Health Professions
Tufts University
UNC Chapel Hill
University of Connecticut School of Law
University of Florida
University of Tennessee
Villanova University
William James College


Christopher Bloom

Chair, Department of Psychology
Science Complex 107