The Psychology Department is home to both the largest undergraduate major at Seattle University and a clinically focused Master of Arts (MAP) program. Both programs engage students in the rigorous study of all psychological life—the individual, social, cultural, biological, and ethical dimensions of human behavior and experience.
The programs are designed to provide knowledge and understanding of human experience and behavior and the methods psychologists use to gain this knowledge. Our unique undergraduate program includes Writing for Research in Psychology, a sequence of Statistics and Research Methods that offers students an opportunity to engage in their own research projects, and qualitative research courses. Our exceptional graduate program emphasizes deep inquiry of and engagement with the human condition; students interrogate their own positionality and develop the skills to help others.
A psychology major at Seattle University prepares students for careers in a wide variety of fields that engage directly with people around crucial human needs such as nursing, teaching, social work, human resources, criminal justice, law, and medicine, as well as for students who plan to work as therapists, counselors, or psychological researchers.
The SU Master of Arts in Psychology or MAP Program trains students to work effectively as ethically committed therapists. Its graduates provide care and support to adults and children, families, and individuals from diverse communities across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Why did you choose Seattle University’s Psychology program?
I initially chose this program because of its unique course offerings and great professors.
What has been the best part of your experience in Psychology?
The best part of my experience has been pursuing practicums in behavioral public health and social psychology!
How has Psychology supported you, especially during Covid?
The program has supported me during the pandemic by ensuring I have access to a community online, especially through my classes, practicums, and our international honor society, Psi Chi.
—Joanna Corpuz (she/her/hers)
Psychology Major, Class of 2022
Donations to the Psychology Department funds will be used to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve academic excellence. Your gift can provide the department with small grants to cover student expenses in completing research projects, with funds for students to take part in conferences, with money to support guest speakers and special events, or, if you wish, with tuition support for students experiencing grave financial hardships. You can donate to the department as a whole or you can designate your gift as intended for use specifically by the undergraduate or graduate MAP Program.