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Available as a Major in:
Bachelor of Arts and
Bachelor of Science programs.

Available as a Minor in:

Any program.


Social Sciences

What is Psychology?

Psychology involves the study of mental processes and behaviour.

Psychologists study such phenomena as perception, cognition, emotion, personality, behavior, and interpersonal relationships. Psychology also refers to the application of such knowledge to various spheres of human activity, including problems of individuals’ daily lives and the treatment of mental health problems.

Psychology at Augustana

Augustana’s psychology courses are popular given the interesting topics, excellent faculty and small class sizes. We offer students a variety of courses and degree options.

Four year degrees in Arts or Science are offered with a major in psychology. These are the standard degrees required for many careers and for entry into Master or Doctoral programs. There are two primary differences between arts and science degrees: first, science students take more physiologically based psychology courses, and second, they take more science courses as options outside of their major, for example, in Biology.

Students choosing to major in other disciplines are welcome to complete a Minor in Psychology or to choose one or more courses as electives.

To ensure a well-rounded education, these programs are structured around a number of required courses designed to provide students with opportunities to strengthen their reading, writing, and oral presentation skills, as well as develop the critical thinking skills that will enable them to seek answers to the challenging questions of human behaviour.

View the Psychology Brochure (PDF)