Psychology Major & Minor

Where degrees in psychology can take you.

A major in psychology provides an appropriate background for a variety of professions in which an understanding of the principles of human behavior is important.

Graduate study in medicine, law, human factors, neuroscience, or social work, as well as in psychology, might all follow an undergraduate major in psychology.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors
  • Rehabilitation counselors
  • Advertising sales agent
  • School and career counselors
  • Social and community service managers
  • Market research analyst
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
  • Social workers
  • Technical writers


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be over 36,000 new job openings in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)


Putting psychology to work.

Hartwick psychology students thrive in their lives and careers. Many go on to study at some of the top graduate schools in the nation.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • John Mezzalingua Associates, LLC
  • Springbrook
  • RCS Learning Center
  • The May Institute
  • Project Transition

Hartwick graduates have studied at:

  • Cornell University
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • Boston University
  • New York University
  • Immaculata University

A closer look.

The psychology faculty offers expertise in the major contemporary fields of psychology, including:

  • cognitive psychology
  • social psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • biopsychology
  • applied psychology
  • clinical psychology

Beyond the basic.

All psychology majors are encouraged to undertake an internship or related experience. Recent internship placements in psychology include Johns Hopkins University, Violence Intervention Program, Suicide Prevention Education Coalition, the Oneonta City School District, the Boys and Girls Club, Collingham Gardens Child Psychiatric Unit (London), and the Law, Order, and Justice Center.

Meet the psychology faculty.

Hartwick’s expert psychology faculty are focused on the future. That’s because they work hand-in-hand with students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world when they graduate. Hartwick students.

Erin M. Kenney
Visiting Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
Areas of expertise:
developmental psychology, early childhood education, parent-child conversation.
William Kowalczyk
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Areas of expertise:
substance use, research methods and statistics, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, health psychology and environmental psychology.
Lisa Onorato
Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., New Mexico State University
Areas of expertise:
cognitive psychology, cognitive science, human factors engineering, creativity, psychological research methods.
Heidi Rivera
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of expertise:
behavioral neuroscience.
Justin Wellman
Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology Department
Ph.D., University of Toledo
Areas of expertise:
social psychology, personality, health psychology, motivation and emotion, experimental statistics.

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick psychology experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.


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