Think about it.

Whether you’re interested in why people behave and think the way they do, how social cues influence interactions, or how to effectively treat depression, autism, and a range of other disorders—it’s all psychology. Mercyhurst's Department of Psychology will prepare you to delve into the neurobiological, sociocultural, and emotional processes underlying human behavior. As a Psychology major, you’ll build a strong foundation in the traditional areas of psychological theory and experimentation, as well as the specialized areas within the field that address human development, behavior, thinking, motivation, learning, emotion, and social interaction. Coursework allows you to explore the mind, behavior and the links between them as you learn to understand and solve human problems—excellent preparation for careers both within and beyond the field of psychology.

Fast Facts

  • The Psychology Department is housed in Briggs Hall, which features 6,000 square feet devoted to psychology, including research space, a computer lab, classrooms, a conference room, and a student lounge.
  • Psych majors regularly present at professional conferences, such as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychological Conference, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. 

  • Our "Majoring in Psychology" course is unique to Mercyhurst University, providing students with the opportunity to learn about the variety of ways a Psychology degree can be used in the workplace.

Psychology affects everything we think, feel, say and do. So whether it's business, education, or political science, a psychology minor is a valuable addition to almost any degree program. Through the coursework, students gain a better understanding of human behavior and relationships, giving them better communication skills and a broader range of knowledge.

Seven courses are required for a minor in psychology including three CORE courses:

  • PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 291: Research Design and Statistical Analysis I (and lab)
  • Four electives in psychology


Our students regularly work alongside faculty on running studies, analyzing data, and presenting the results. 


Our grads have pursued graduate study in psychology, law, medicine, business, and many other fields, as well as careers in politics, counseling, autism support, education, and public health.


Psychology majors have completed internships with the Buffalo Bills, VA medical centers, local school districts, and residential facilities for people with disabilities.

Contact Us

Matthew Weaver, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Psychology
Office: Briggs 102B
Phone: 814-824-2733