Psychology Degree

Students in classroom

Program Description 

The psychology major at Rockhurst University fosters both scientific and critical thinking. The program promotes the application of research methods to understand how and why organisms do what they do. The major is designed to familiarize students with several different areas of psychology.

All students are required to complete a course from each of the following areas: applied, biological/experimental, cultural/social, as well as developmental psychology. Psychology is a widely applicable discipline, therefore students can have second majors in many different areas such as English, business, criminal justice and biology.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology 
  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena 
  • Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research 
  • Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry 
  • Demonstrate psychology information literacy

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Practicum opportunities 
  • Student-faculty research 
  • Course honors options 
  • Psi Chi (Psychology National Honor Society) 


Graduates of the psychology program go on to pursue careers as:  

  • Behavioral assistants 
  • Staff at residential facilities for children and adolescents with mental illness and behavioral health challenges  
  • Survey analysts