Psychology (BA)

Two psychology students reading from a textbook

There’s a reason Psychology is one of the nation’s most popular majors: it prepares students for successful careers in virtually every field! How?

  • By understanding the connection between human thinking, emotion, behavior, and social environments
  • By cultivating strong critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills

These are the skills today’s employers seek most! USF’s Psychology program takes it a step further: We blend foundational knowledge with personalized learning experiences, giving you the opportunity to find your fit within this vast, marketable field.

Our curriculum is designed to give you maximum course flexibility along with the academic rigor needed to build your competency in the field. In addition to foundational Psychology courses, you will work with your academic advisor to select specialty courses that match your interests with areas of job growth. Such courses include:

  • Sports Psychology
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Health Psychology, and more

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

Get Real Experience — 3 Options

Your field experience will also be tailored to your career interests. You can:

  1. Conduct your own Research Study under the supervision of one of our expert faculty members
  2. Travel! Enroll in our Special Studies course and experience an immersive, cross-cultural experience in Haiti. The coursework is centered on understanding the Haitian population, needs within their communities, and current mental health issues. The course culminates in a mission trip to Haiti where you will participate in direct service work in the local community.
  3. Participate in a Directed Study Internship where you can learn from professionals. Partner sites include:
    • Salvation Army
    • Bowen Center
    • Turnstone
    • Easter Seals/Arc of Northeast Indiana
    • Caring About People
    • Children’s Autism Center

This is an up and coming program and the opportunities are incredible. I worked with Dr. Monica Heller on her research and analyzed data from Cincinnati public schools. Helping inner city students get access to information showed me how tangible and impactful the work can be.

Austin Macy ’17
Master’s candidate in School Psychology at Ball State University

Career Outlook & Success


of USF Psychology graduates find employment in the field or go onto graduate school.


median pay per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


expected job growth for doctoral-level psychologists by 2026

Added Value

USF Psychology professors are true experts in the field. For example:

  • Dr. Monica Heller is a research scientist and expert in human growth and development
  • Dr. Mike Martynowicz is a veteran research scientist whose research centers around self-regulation, motivation, and learning in educational settings
  • Dr. Rolf Daniel is a forensic and clinical psychologist with expertise in addiction and substance abuse
  • Dr. Carl Jylland-Halverson has expertise in trauma-related conditions and has years of
    experience providing counseling services around the globe

Plus, they will mentor, guide, and advise you.

Be Part of an Active Student Community

Psychology majors bond through shared experiences such as:

  • Travel, via class trips to Chicago to see social service and community health organizations in action
  • Professional development, like attending the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference
  • Get Psyched! – USF’s new student-led Psychology Club

Ready to start?

I want to learn more

Program Director

Dr. Monica Heller
260-399-7700 ext. 8424