Learn scientific methods for understanding the human mind, behavior, and emotion. Apply your knowledge and skills in a wide range of careers to improve people’s lives.
About the Program
A psychology major will equip you for a future in fields such as counseling, social work, clinical psychology, nonprofit administration, education, medicine, law, and business. It will also prepare you for advanced study in social, physiological, cognitive, or developmental psychology.
At Mills, your professors will help you chart a path toward your career goal and mentor you one-on-one along the way. Your individualized program may encompass courses on infant development, memory, personality, and more. In small, interactive classes, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the scientific study of human behavior, hone practical skills, pose research questions, and present your ideas before an audience. View our program details for in-depth information on course work for the psychology major and minor.
Our collaborative, hands-on laboratories will enable you to work alongside faculty who are active researchers and to acquire experimental, clinical, and professional skills. Under the guidance of your faculty mentor, you’ll analyze data and share findings at professional conferences. You’ll also be encouraged to participate in an off-campus internship in the San Francisco Bay Area, rich with opportunities in schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and clinics. Throughout your studies, your experiences will provide personal and professional growth and embolden you to advocate for yourself and your ideas.
You may complete the psychology major as part of a bachelor’s-to-master’s accelerated degree program at Mills that leads to an MA in infant mental health in just one year of study beyond your BA.
Courses You Could Take
Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being
Stress and Disease