Siena's psychology program prepares students for entry into graduate programs and/or careers in academic and professional psychology. It also provides an excellent background for entry into fields such as law, business, and the health professions.
Siena’s psychology program focuses on skill development necessary for careers in the helping and health professions. Here, you’ll develop strong critical thinking, scientific reasoning, communication, and micro-counseling skills, as well as experience in research and data analysis.
Studying psychology at Siena
As a psychology major at Siena, you’ll take a wide range of courses in child, adolescent, and adult psychology, as well as courses in personality, abnormal and physiological psychology, perception, testing, and research methods. You’ll also get plenty of hands-on experience in laboratories and internships, as well as through independent research and opportunities to collaborate on faculty research.
Our psychology faculty
At Siena, you’ll learn from faculty who are experts in their field. Their expertise spans the spectrum from clinical and counseling psychology to cognitive, experimental, and school psychology. Our professors are also active in research interests that include romantic relationships, bullying and school violence, health psychology, and stereotypes and prejudice.
Life after Siena
Siena’s psychology graduates have had considerable success in competitive graduate programs, including those at the University of Connecticut, Seton Hall University, St. John’s University, SUNY Albany, and Lehigh University. Our alumni also have launched successful careers in psychology practices, counseling centers, human resources departments, colleges, and school systems.
"I loved the interactive psychology professors and enjoyed the conversations we had because they cared about our opinions and thoughts." Ellen Lowndes '13
Faculty with expertise in a variety of psychology fields including clinical, counseling, cognitive, social and school psychology.
Critical skill development, including: Critical thinking, scientific reasoning, information literacy, written communication, oral communication, microcounseling skills, empirical research method, as well as data analysis and interpretation.
Students may opt to complete independent research via our advanced research class or by completing an honors thesis.
Requirements for the Major (31 credits)
PSYC100 - General Psychology 3 credits
PSYC260 - Social Psychology 3 credits
PSYC300 - Research Methods in Psych I 4 credits
PSYC200 - Child Psychology 3 credits
PSYC205 - Adolescent Psychology 3 credits
PSYC210 - Adult Development 3 credits
PSYC215 - Theories of Personality 3 credits
PSYC220 - Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSYC240 - Learning 3 credits
PSYC340 - Human Cognition 3 credits
PSYC350 - Physiological Psychology 3 credits
PSYC355 - Sensation and Perception 3 credits
PSYC310 - Tests and Measurements 3 credits
PSYC400 - Research Methods in Psych II 3 credits
PSYC490 - Seminar in Psychology 3 credits
Psychology electives ( 6 credits)
Auxiliary courses (7 credits)
ATDV110 - Statistics for Social Science 3 credits
BIOL140 - Gen Biology for Social Sci 4 credits
Courses in Computer Science and the other social sciences are recommended. Students who plan to attend graduate programs are strongly encouraged to take Research Methods in Psychology II (PSYC—400).
Psychology majors are encouraged to work closely with their faculty advisor in planning academic programs consistent with their interests and career goals.
The freshman retention rate is 91%
For the Class of 2013, 100% of graduates are employed or in graduate school
One in three psychology students participate in an internship
Only 1% of undergraduate psychology programs have a nationally certified school psychologist on the faculty… and Siena is one of them!
Employers of our Graduates and Student Internship Sites
Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls
Behavioral Health Recovery Center
Center for Child Study
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Coolidge Unified School District
Equinox Domestic Violence Services
Fortitude Sport Psychology Counseling
Hope House, St. Mary’s Promise Program
Human Resources Associates
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
National Alliance on Mental Illness
New York City Department of Education
New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons
North Colonie Central School District
Northeast Parent and Child Society
Parsons Child and Family Center
Where our Alumni Get Graduate Degrees
New York University
North Carolina State University
St. John’s University
University of Connecticut
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Pittsburgh
Job Titles of Recent Graduates
Behavioral Health Case Manager
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Human Resource Manager
Speech and Language Pathologist