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B.A. Psychology

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Explore human behavior, mental processes and the reasons for our actions with a major in psychology.
Norfolk State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology opens doors to a wide variety of career paths. The study of human behavior is applicable to industries such as criminal justice, health care, business and social services. No matter which path you choose, your psychology degree from Norfolk State University will prepare you to succeed.

When you major in Psychology at NSU, you’ll study alongside expert faculty to explore modern issues — such as cyberpsychology and the psychology of racism — so you’re prepared to address real-life challenges that affect people today. You will learn foundational theories and the practical application of psychology through discovery, research and a hands-on practicum. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for a career in a variety of industries or the pursuit of an advanced degree.

B.A. Psychology Degree at a Glance

Why Study Psychology at NSU?

Our bachelor’s of psychology degree means more than just a great education. Students who major in psychology receive ongoing support from a dedicated professional advisor throughout their time at NSU. Our expert faculty bring psychology to life with engaging lectures and research opportunities. You will also build relationships with like-minded peers through clubs and activities and expand your network and skills with experiential learning.

Psychology for the 21st century

You will build on foundational psychology coursework with specialized classes focused on modern topics. Explore the emerging field of cyberpsychology, which focuses on understanding the human-technology connection. Or study the fields of sports, military or positive psychology. These specialized bachelor’s of psychology courses will prepare you to lead in the 21st century.

Get hands-on experience in your field

When you major in Psychology at NSU, you are invited to participate in clubs and activities such as the Psi Chi International Honor Society and the Psychology Club, which provide networking, scholarship and research opportunities. During your senior year, you will complete an internship that prepares you for a real-world career in settings such as behavioral health centers, women’s centers, group homes, juvenile detention centers and more.

Access first-class facilities

Our cyberpsychology lab facilitates the study of how the digital world affects human behavior. You will work with the same tools that are used in a professional lab, such as eye tracking, EEG, GSR and virtual reality, so you’re equipped for future work in the field.

What Courses Will I Take as a Psychology Student?

In addition to your general education coursework, you will take 34 credit hours of the core curriculum for our bachelor’s of psychology degree that introduces you to the field. The remaining 46 credit hours are electives, so you can deepen your knowledge of specific topics related to psychology and engage in other disciplines for a well-rounded liberal arts education. View our academic catalog for more details about our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology curriculum.

Choose from Psychology electives such as:

  • CyberPsychology
  • Careers in Psychology
  • Positive Psychology 
  • The Psychology of Racism
  • The Psychology of Women / Masculinity

Where Will My Psychology Degree Take Me?

Our bachelor’s of psychology degree equips you to pursue a career in a variety of industries. Your ability to understand human behavior, think critically, communicate effectively and show empathy to other people will make you highly marketable in any field you choose.

If you plan to pursue a master’s degree at NSU or elsewhere, you will find that the education and skills you gain in our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program will make you a highly competitive candidate.

Career outlook for Psychology majors

Your career opportunities are endless with a bachelor’s in psychology. No matter which path you choose, you can feel confident knowing that your NSU experience and education will make you stand out as a competitive job candidate.

Psychology majors are well-suited for careers in:

  • Human resources
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public service

Your bachelor’s of psychology from NSU also prepares you for advanced education to pursue meaningful work as a researcher or therapist.

How Do I Get Started in Psychology at NSU?

Once you have decided to attend NSU and major in psychology, you need to complete the undergraduate application process. Our Office of Admissions is available to assist you and answer any of your questions.

Once you are accepted, you will receive information about financing your education. Many of our students receive some type of financial aid, such as institutional scholarships and grants, student employment, outside scholarships and federal student loans.

Scholarships for Psychology majors

In addition to institutional scholarships, undergraduate psychology majors can apply for the following program-specific scholarships:

  • Dr. William N. Colson Scholarship
  • Dr. James E. Savage Jr. Scholarship 
  • Padreus Prater Book Award

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Accreditation for Psychology at NSU

Norfolk State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Norfolk State University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Norfolk State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

The Psychology Department follows the recommendations and guidelines issued by the American Psychological Association (APA).