Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

General

Program Description

Are you interested in a scientific understanding of why people think and behave as they do? If you answered “yes,” then a psychology major may be the right choice for you.

Overview

Your inside track to a rewarding career in psychology starts here. Our psychology major undergraduate curriculum stresses a variety of areas important to employers and for future graduate work. You'll gain knowledge in: 

  • Communication skills
  • Scientific research
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural competency

Psychology majors may choose to study this field out of personal interest in understanding human behavior, as a developmental sequence for future graduate studies, or as preparation for careers in fields such as mental health counseling, forensic psychology, family therapy, human resources, and more.

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Program Highlights

Here, you'll meet your second family of faculty, staff, and students while working on industry-shaping research and learning leadership skills to become a well-rounded professional in the field.

Student Faculty Mentorship

Our small class sizes mean faculty and students can build meaningful bonds. These bonds enable faculty to serve as caring and knowledgeable mentors to help you achieve unique learning and career goals. Before long, your professors and classmates will feel like a second family. 

Industry-Shaping Research

You'll conduct original research in a laboratory and senior research classes and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty on their research with projects like the Summer Research and Creative Activities Program. Through these opportunities, you'll acquire experience and skills valued by graduate schools and employers.

Practicum and Internship Program

Our practicum/internship program involves three unique steps designed for your success:

  • A professional development seminar
  • Practicum
  • Internship

In the end, you'll have unique experiences to set you apart in the psychology field, and a network to put you a step ahead when you hit the workplace. 

Your Inside Track to Success

Thanks to a diverse set of influential skills, you'll hit the workplace a step ahead of your peers.

Recent Employers and Industry Connections 

  • Elwyn
  • Haverford School District
  • Penn Medicine
  • PeopleShare
  • SOAR
  • Horizon House
  • ARC of Chester County
  • Livengrin
  • Gaudenzia

Outlook and Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Behavioral Neuroscientist
  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • Child Psychologist
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Forensic Psychologist

Job Placements

More than 50% of students who participated in a practicum or internship are offered a job at their placement.  

Workplace Settings 

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Businesses
  • Counseling Agencies
  • Schools
  • Corporations

Sample Internship Focuses 

  • Sports, orthopedic & rehabilitative medicine
  • Drug & alcohol rehabilitation
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Business & HR staffing

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the psychology program.

"Widener helped me realize my track. The faculty in the psychology department provide a safety net and make it their job to find you a place in the field." Christie Birchall

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university with a Main Campus in Chester, PA, and law schools in Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington DE.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university with a Main Campus in Chester, PA, and law schools in Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington DE. Read less