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What makes our program unique?

The psychology program at the University of Providence prepares students for life-long learning and advanced study in psychology by following the American Psychological Association Guidelines for Undergraduate Psychology Major programs. The core psychology classes in the major provide an introduction to the wide variety of topics in the field. Concentrations within the major allow students to focus their study in a particular area of interest: helping skills, social services, forensic psychology, or physiological psychology.

This program is also delivered online and can be completed in four years, with no necessary travel.

Learning Objectives

Psychology is the study of people and human behavior. While clinical work, such as counseling, is a major part of what psychologists do, there are many other facets to the field. To name a few, there are areas of psychology that focus on how our surroundings influence our actions (behavioral psychology), how we think and remember (cognitive psychology), how the brain is the source of all behaviors (physiological psychology), how groups influence our actions (social psychology), and how to improve athletic performance (sports psychology). Studying people in these areas helps us better understand ourselves as human beings and find new ways to address many of the problems we face today, both as individuals and as a society.

A psychology degree from UP assists students in gaining critical thinking skills by studying and applying various psychological paradigms to problem-solving combined with data analysis using the scientific method.

Career Preparation

By completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Providence students are prepared for positions in the mental health, welfare, legal, and corrections fields, and for entrance into graduate programs in psychology, counseling, law, business administration, and the health care fields.


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology




Helping Skills
Social Services
Forensic Psychology
Physiological Psychology


Student Story

“The smaller class sizes for the psychology program means that my classmates and professors become more than that; they’re my peers and mentors.”
-Robert Wright

Alumni Achievements

Fifty-five percent of 2018 graduating students had been accepted into a graduate program at the time of graduation.


Michelle Hill, MSC, LCPC, ACS
Robert Packer, Ph.D.
Ross DeForrest, Ph.D.
Heidi Gjefle, LCPC