Department of Psychology
Thoughts and Actions
Psychology is the study of human behavior and the complex mental processes that regulate our attitudes and actions. While some psychology majors may choose to become psychologists, the career paths for someone with such skills and knowledge are numerous. Teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, human resources personnel and business leaders all benefit from an understanding of the forces and motivations underlying human behavior. Our faculty represents a wide range of specialties, including social, biological, clinical, cognitive and developmental psychology.
With 1,300 students, the Department of Psychology’s Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology is Bridgewater State University’s most popular major. Under the direction of 23 full-time and 22 part-time faculty members, the curriculum encompasses a strong liberal arts foundation, ensuring a well-rounded education. Additionally, the honors program in Psychology provides highly motivated students with opportunities to enhance their learning through intensive scholarly study and research. The department also offers an MA in Psychology for graduate-level students.
For Julie Enos Brennan, '98, personal loss and her BSU psychology background evolved into a non-profit organization that helps young widows heal.
Dr. Laura Ramsey and alumna Amber Horan, '16, published the results of a study that examines the extent, reasons why, and consequences of young women posting sexualized selfies on social media.
Professor Elizabeth Englander is a new member of the state Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.