A psychology degree can take you anywhere

Whether you’re interested in a career in research, behavioral health, social work, counseling or some other profession, psychology provides excellent preparation.

Our psychology majors have a track record of success in multiple career paths (see Career Opportunities tab below). Consistently accepted to among the best graduate and professional schools, they’ve demonstrated their versatility by excelling in a variety of professions.

Want to be a writer or an attorney? You’ll need to ensure your words resonate. Are you a future business manager or consultant? You’ll have to understand what motivates people and how they interact in groups. These are just a few ways psychology is critical in many careers. For more, click here to access information on the American Psychological Association website.

Real-life experience

Your faculty advisor will help you refine your interests and find a meaningful practicum or internship. You’ll design and conduct your own research and have the opportunity to present it at conferences.

Add another major or minor to gain complementary skills in areas such as management, neuroscience, a foreign language, mathematics, creative writing, health care studies, religious studies or one of our interdisciplinary minors. All of these add value to your psychology major and broaden your opportunities after graduation.

A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.  

Here are some of the courses that psychology majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna.  

  • Principles of Psychology 
  • Developmental Psychology 
  • Social Psychology 
  • Personality  

Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors. 

Recent graduates have enrolled at:

Doctoral Programs

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Indianapolis
Kent State University
Washington University
Chestnut Hill College
Penn State University
University of Missouri
Washington State University
East Tennessee State University
Saint Louis University
Pacific University

Masters Programs

University of Pittsburgh
University of Pennsylvania
New York University
Bryn Mawr College
Columbia University
Drexel University
University of Connecticut
Rider University
University of New Haven
Catholic University
West Chester University
Rutgers University
Bucknell University
University of Baltimore
Temple University
Seton Hall University
Towson University
University of South Carolina
Arizona State University

Recent graduates with a BA/BS in psychology have worked at:

Northumberland Children and Youth Services - caseworker
TEKsystems (IT staffing) - recruiter
Center for Social Development and Education (Boston) - research assistant
YP (phone apps) - digital marketing sales executive
PA Counseling Services - family based therapist
Inline Plastics - marketing communications coordinator
Nebraska Respite Network - coordinator of respite services
Community Hope (NJ) - behavioral health counselor
Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc - financial consultant
Geisinger Medical Center - research assistant
Northumberland County Juvenile Court - program coordinator
Philhaven Behavioral Health - therapeutic support staff
US Army - 2nd Lieutenant Infantry
Friedman LLP - HR assistant
PA State Correctional Institution - drug & alcohol treatment specialist
St. Luke's Hospital - geriatric mental health technician

James Briggs, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Email Address briggsj@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4388

Tom Martin, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Professor of Psychology


Jennifer Asmuth, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Email Address asmuth@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4713

Kathleen Bailey, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology


Samuel Day, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Email Address days@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4434

M. L. Klotz, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology


Gretchen Sue Lovas, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Email Address lovas@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4029

Helen Kiso, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology


Erin Smith, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Email Address smithen@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4185

Crystal VanHorn

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant


Do I need a doctorate to get a job?

Only if you want one.

The doctorate is mainly for people who want to teach in a university, do grant-funded research, or specialize in a specific area of psychology.

Although many Susquehanna students have gained admission to doctoral programs, the large majority of careers in psychology require a bachelor's or master's degree instead.

With a psychology degree, it's not a question of what you can do, it's about what you're interested in doing.

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