Psychology Bachelor of Arts

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 University’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.


Our Majoring in Psychology course provides students with the opportunity to learn about the variety of ways you can use a psychology degree in the workplace.


Psychology majors choose one of three tracks—the general track, the applied track and the research track—to specialize their study based on career and educational goals.


Get involved at the professional level. Our majors frequently collaborate in research and lab work, as well as attend professional conferences.


A concentration in Neuroscience and interdisciplinary minors in Gender Studies and Psychology of Crime and Justice are also available.


The Psychology Department is housed in Briggs Hall, which features 6,000 square feet devoted to psychological science, including a computer lab, lab areas for research, and the Laboratory for Addictive and Impulsive Behavior.


Psych majors regularly present at professional conferences, such as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (San Diego), the Eastern Psychological Association (New York City), and the Association for Psychological Science (Boston).


We asked our students to tell us in five words or less why they love studying psychology.
“Deeper understanding of human behaviors”
Ellen Duddy ’17
“Research with approachable, supportive faculty”
Maria Rivera ’17
“Broaden how you view the world”
Conor O’Donoghue ’19
“Insight into real-life issues”
Jillian Skinner ’17
“Understand how and why humans operate”
Kelly Wagner ’20


PSYC 240 Psychology and the Law
Explore how psychological principles apply to legal issues while discussing topics such as the origins of criminal behavior, profiling, jury selection, eye witness testimony and the insanity defense.

PSYC 253 Drugs and Human Behavior
This course covers principles of pharmacology, including the effects of stimulants, opioids, psychedelics and other drugs, as well as the nature of addiction and drug abuse.

PSYC 352 Topics in Neuroscience
Discuss the latest research findings in areas such as electrophysiology, neuropharmacology, drug abuse, neurology, specific psychological disorders, and biostatistics.


Research experience

Our students regularly work alongside faculty on running studies, analyzing data, and presenting the results. Check out past student research in the Resource section below.


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

Graduate school & employment

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.

Meet the Faculty

Gerard Barron, Psy.D.
Associate Professor
Gerard Tobin
Associate Professor
Marilyn Livosky, Ph.D.
Matthew Weaver
Assistant Professor
Melissa Heerboth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Robert Hoff, M.A
Department chair and professor

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