Program Overview


Major in Psychology

Designed for students who desire to learn the fundamentals of behavioral science within the context of a traditional liberal arts education. Students receive a comprehensive exposure to the foundations of psychological theory and application, and are introduced to laboratory and field research. It prepares students for a wide variety of professional and business careers, and provides the necessary foundation for graduate study in psychology or related disciplines (e.g., social work, counseling, law, education).

Honors Program

Provides more motivated and accomplished students with the research experience necessary for graduate education in psychology and other scientifically or professionally oriented fields.

Dual Degree

The Dual Degree in Teacher Preparation (DDTP) program enrolls a substantial number of Psychology majors. The program is designed to enable students to earn a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and a Teaching Credential in an accelerated amount of time.

Dual Degree in Teacher Preparation


We offer a wide variety of interdisciplinary programs developed and supported by our own faculty.


A natural complement to majors in business, nursing, exercise and sport science, pre-professional programs in law and medicine, as well as other majors in the social and physical sciences. The minor is designed to be flexible, allowing each student to follow his or her individual interests in psychology.


An interdisciplinary minor in gerontology provides students with an understanding of the many aspects of the aging process and gives them the knowledge to pursue a career in the growing field of gerontology. The USF Interdisciplinary Committee on Aging,  founded and chaired by Prof. Lisa Wagner, developed the gerontology minor.


An exciting and expanding field of study that examines how the actions of the brain and nervous system determine behavior, and how behavior affects who we are. By its nature, neuroscience is interdisciplinary, encompassing elements of diverse fields such as biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, exercise and sport science, and philosophy.

Associated Interdisciplinary Minors

In addition to minors offered by the department, our faculty members independently administer two minors:

Asian Pacific American Studies

An interdisciplinary program of study concerned with significant concepts and realities that bear on Asian Pacific American identity and culture. Special attention is focused on the advocacy of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent residing in the United States.

Asian Pacific American Studies Minor

Supported Interdisciplinary Minors

The interdisciplinary focus of the Department of Psychology is further reflected in the development of curriculum and the involvement of faculty in the following programs:

African American Studies

Prof. Pamela Balls Organista serves as a founding and current member of the African American Studies advisory board. She teaches African American Psychology, one of the primary distribution courses that can be applied toward the minor. Prof. Kevin Chun and adjunct faculty member Prof. Jerry Boucher teach elective courses that can be applied toward the minor.

African American Studies Minor

Child and Youth Studies

An interdisciplinary program that will provide students with a scholarly and experiential understanding of childhood and adolescence. The minor, open to all majors, educates students about the physical, psychological, spiritual, social, and cultural aspects of human development during the first 18 years of life.

Child and Youth Studies Minor

Gender and Sexualities Studies

Offers a global, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender and sexualities. The Department of Psychology regularly offers a course in the psychology of gender. Prof. Susan Heidenreich and Prof. Saera Khan have both taught and advised in the gender and sexualities minor program.

Gender and Sexualities Studies Minor