In the Psychology Department at St. Mary’s University, students think critically and logically about topics in learning, biopsychology, statistics, experimental design and abnormal and social psychology. Research, service and career preparation are all emphasized to fully prepare psychology majors for jobs or graduate and doctoral studies.

The department is committed to mentoring students to promote a growth-oriented community grounded in faith and engaged in the pursuit of knowledge.

About the Program

St Marys UniversityStudents can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Students of all majors may take psychology courses to fulfill the requirements of the Core Curriculum.

Psychology majors at St. Mary’s benefit from small classes, personal advising and faculty recognized for their teaching. Students also design their own social science research and present their findings at research conferences.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Requires a minimum of 34 course hours within the major

For information on specific courses and degree plans, refer to the Psychology section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Course Areas

Abnormal psychology


History and systems

Industrial psychology




Physiological psychology

Research methods

Research methods lab


Social psychology

Living and Learning Community

The Psychology Living and Learning Community (PLLC) is formed during the first semester of freshman year for psychology majors and continues until graduation. Students in PLLC have the opportunity to:Psychology student photo

  • live together in the same dormitory
  • take classes together each semester*
  • participate in department activities and community service events together
  • be mentored by Psychology faculty
  • get involved one on one with faculty in research
  • travel to professional conferences nationwide

*To view a list of the projected course sequence schedule, email

For more information about PLLC, contact Jillian Pierucci, Ph.D., at 210-436-3314 or

Field Placement Opportunities

Field placement provides Psychology majors with opportunities to learn about the practice of psychology in supervised settings outside the classroom. Placement sites include schools, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and numerous social service settings throughout the San Antonio area.

Next Steps

Want to learn more about the St. Mary’s University Psychology Program or are you ready to apply?

Heather Hill, Ph.D., Chair
Chaminade Tower 3rd Floor

Jessica Bernal, Administrative Assistant
Chaminade Tower 3rd Floor, Room 356

Read more in the Undergraduate Catalog

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