Mason Psychology students study behavior as it relates to health and well-being, child and adolescent development, education, social situations, the workplace, and the use of technology. In addition to taking a broad range of courses, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in the community and in research laboratories. Our majors have assisted faculty in studies on diversity in the workplace, sleep deprivation’s effects on teen suicide rates, how diet influences memory, distraction suppression and video games, and psychopathy treatment in incarceration.
Because of our proximity to Washington, D.C. the department is especially active in research that informs public policy and national defense. Students not only get to study and research in these areas, but also take advantage of internships in the region at organizations ranging from Office of Naval Research, Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Mason has experts in nearly every subfield of psychology. The importance, quality, and impact of the work we do has been recognized by government agencies, industries and foundations.
Highly qualified students have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major by joining the honors psychology program, which culminates in the successful completion and presentation of an independent honors thesis. Many students continue on to complete graduate degrees; however a BA in psychology provides a gateway to a variety of career opportunities. Students who graduate from our programs go on to work in a wide range of fields and positions, including human resources, data analysis, user interface design, and social media and marketing.
Within either BS/BA, psychology majors can also declare a concentration in a specific area of psychology. Curriculum for concentrations can be found here.