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Psychology (BA), 4-Year

Professor Todd Walter mentoring a student in the psychology program

Prepare yourself for a wide range of careers with a B.A. in Psychology by learning about the human mind and human behavior.

Overview & Distinctions


Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors in the US, and for good reason: learning about the mind and behavior while earning your BA in Psychology gives you a solid foundation on which to build a wide range of careers from counseling to education to marketing to research.

D'Youville's Psychology bachelor's degree program will prepare you to understand the various dimensions of the field of psychology through a combination of personalized instruction, hands-on-experiences, and a unique series of professional development seminars that can help you decide where you want your degree to take you after graduation. Our program offers a unique combination of high-quality instruction from accomplished faculty, practical professional development, and extensive opportunities for real-world experience both in the US and abroad.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Small classes allow for individualized instruction directly from our accomplished faculty, not teaching assistants as is often the norm in larger colleges and universities.
  • You can attend Psychology as a Profession Seminars starting in your sophomore year. These seminars help you explore your career options by providing real-life, practical information about the various career paths you can take with your Psychology degree, and the steps you'll need to take to get there.
  • Our faculty advisors will help you tailor your curriculum to your interests by developing a personalized plan that allows you to study topics from our two dozen psychology elective offerings
  • Once you become a Senior, our extensive internship program will allow you to apply what you've learned and gain the kind of real-world experience employers look for through actual on-the-job experience as an intern.
  • D'Youville College's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Students can gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.


When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  


Transfer 3.0 $4,000  


Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.



Course Number Course Name Credits
In the specific area of concentration:
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
BIO 105 Human Biology 4
Psychology courses required by program:
PSY 102 History of Psychology 3
PSY 201 Statistics in Behavioral Sciences 3
PSY 202 Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences 3
PSY 203 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 204 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 205 Social Psychology 3
PSY 206 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 207 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 208 Personality 3
PSY 209 Psychology as a Profession 1 1
PSY 210 Psychology as a Profession 2 1
PSY 469/470 Psychology Internship 1 & 2 8
PSY 489/490 Senior Seminar 1 & 2 4
Developmental Psychology
PSY 353 Social Psychology of Aging 3
PSY 363 Human Sexuality 3
PSY 453 Developmental Psychopathology 3
PSY 463 Special Topics in Developmental Psychology 3
Physiological Psychology
PSY 354 Biopsychology of Mental Disorders 3
PSY 364 Neuropsychology 3
PSY 454 Biopsychology of Addiction 3
PSY 464 Special Topics in Physiological Psychology 3
Social Psychology
PSY 355 Group Dynamics 3
PSY 365 Forensic Psychology 3
PSY 455 Multi-Cultural Psychology 3
PSY 465 Special Topics in Social Psychology 3
Abnormal Psychology
PSY 356 Theories of Counseling 3
PSY 366 Psychological Assessment 3
PSY 456 Behavior Modification 3
PSY 466 Special Topics in Abnormal Psychology 3
Cognitive Psychology
PSY 357 Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 367 Psychology of Consciousness 3
PSY 457 Learning and Memory 3
PSY 467 Special Topics in Cognitive Psychology  
PSY 358 Psychology of Human Relations 3
PSY 368 Stress and Adjustment 3
PSY 458 Psychology of Gender 3
PSY 468 Special Topics in Personality 3


Requirement Credits
Core requirements & electives 58
Required psychology courses 41
Elective Psychology courses 21
Total credits required 120



Graduates with degrees in psychology typically pursue one of two career paths: either directly entering the workforce through an entry-level position in a variety of industries or continuing their education through graduate study.

Starting Your Career After Graduation

Graduates interested in starting their careers as soon as they graduate have a wide range of career options to choose from. Options range from from administrative or research assistant positions in academic and community agencies (human services, mental health care settings), vocational rehabilitation offices, medical settings, or legal/correctional institutions.

Graduates also find opportunities in settings, including outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment clinics, schools, community-based organizations, and public social service agencies. Graduates interested in private-sector business opportunities are also finding increased job opportunities in the rapidly-expanding arena of employee assistance programs.

A sample of job titles of recent graduates include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Alcohol and substance abuse clinician
  • Case Manager/Trainer
  • Channel Account Manager
  • Child Protective Services (CPS)
  • Case Worker and Investigator
  • Commission and Reporting Specialist
  • Day Habilitation Counselor
  • Hospice social worker
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Medical Liaison
  • Pharmacology Research Technician
  • Probation officer
  • Senior Residential Supervisor
  • Skill Builder
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Social Welfare Examiner
  • Surrogate Court Research Clerk
  • Youth Care Professional

Specific jobs in the mental health field include:

  • Activity director
  • Addictions counselor
  • Administrative program assistant
  • Admissions counselor
  • Admissions recruiter
  • Adolescent care worker
  • Therapy aid
  • Group home residential counselor
  • Supportive counselor
  • Adolescent chemical dependency counselor
  • Probation officer
  • Foster care worker
  • Service coordinator
  • Behavior analyst
  • Camp staff director
  • Recreational center group worker
  • Child care counselor
  • Case manager
  • Chemical dependency advocate
  • Child care worker
  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Community service coordinator
  • Crime prevention coordinator
  • Daily living aid
  • Applied behavior analysis specialist
  • Director of a day care center
  • Foster home parent
  • Early childhood specialist
  • Group leader
  • Psychiatric center case manager
  • Educational coordinator
  • Youth worker
  • Drug counselor
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Women and children outreach worker
  • Child abuse prevention Instructor
  • Residential service coordinator
  • Therapy aid
  • Independent living specialist
  • Director of human services
  • Group home parent
  • Developmental reading instructor
  • Group home coordinator
  • House parent
  • Neighborhood outreach worker
  • Group home manager
  • Community support counselor
  • Psychology teacher
  • Half-way house worker
  • Adolescent crisis services residential counselor
  • Hotline support counselor
  • Hospital admissions counselor
  • Summer program for youth director
  • Park and recreational director
  • Social services worker
  • Geriatric specialist
  • Child care worker
  • Assistant youth coordinator
  • Individual aid
  • Work program supervisor and trainer

Continuing Your Education with a Graduate Degree

The areas with the potential for the greatest career advancement are likely to be those that require graduate degrees. Your Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from D'Youville College will serve as an excellent foundation for graduate study. Indeed, recent alumni surveys have indicated that the success rate of D’Youville Psychology graduates’ admission to professional programs of study (e.g., Psychology, Counseling, Teaching, Healthcare, etc.) is twice that of reported national averages. 

Earning an advanced degree can qualify you for a wide range of professions careers as evidenced by our graduates who have done so. A sample of careers among graduates who have obtained an advanced degree include Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologist, College Professor, Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, and Nurse just to name a few.



An internship will provide you with the opportunity to apply what you've learned in the classroom to the workplace while gaining the kinds of valuable experience employers and graduate programs look for. By directly experiencing day-to-day life in a real-world setting, you'll also have the opportunity to better understand what career path is right for you. Additionally, an internship affords students the opportunity to network with professionals in their field of interest which can be invaluable for helping to secure post-graduate job or academic placement.  

Students in D'Youville's Psychology program are fortunate to not only have a wide range of internship experiences to choose from that can be tailored to their specific career interests, but have the opportunity to participate in two such internships that are integrated into our comprehensive curriculum.

Internship Overview

During your senior year, you'll be required to complete two semesters of internship while also taking the Senior Seminar. You'll complete a minimum of 225 hours of internship each semester or about 15 hours per week of on-the-job experience. You'll have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of experiences that will help you explore your own goals and interests through internship placements at human or social service organizations, forensic and/or legal organizations, research institutions, medical settings, educational institutions, or other types of settings as long as they're approved by the College.

Regardless of where you choose to complete your internship experiences you'll benefit from the knowledge and experience of a committed team of professionals and peers through supervision from those at your internship placement, mentoring from D'Youville faculty, and your fellow students in your co-requisite Senior Seminar. 

Supporting Your Success Through the Senior Seminar

We're committed to your success. One major way we support your success as a student in the Psychology Department at D'Youville College is through our Senior Seminar, a course designed to complement and expand on your internship experiences your senior year.

In the Senior Seminar you'll explore professionally-relevant issues such as ethics and legal issues, supervision, cultural diversity, and applying to graduate school as we help you to build your overall professional skills prior to graduation. Through interactions with your peers and your instructor, you'll not only build professional knowledge but you'll also receive the kind of support and encouragement that will help you excel during your internship placement and beyond, after graduation.

Sample Internship Placements

Unlike some institutions where students are required to seek and acquire their own internship opportunities, the faculty of the D'Youville Psychology Program are committed to helping students find internship placements within agencies and settings that are consistent with their career interests and plans.

The following is a list of locations that D'Youville Psychology student interns have been placed in since 2002:

  • Aspire of Western New York
  • Associate Physical and Occupational Therapists
  • Avalon Eating Disorder Center
  • Baker Victory Services – Preventative Services
  • Buffalo City hall, Division of Citizen Services
  • Buffalo C.O.U.R.T.S.
  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Buffalo Psychiatric Center
  • Buffalo Public Schools
  • Buffalo Speech and Hearing
  • Buffalo Urban League
  • Camp Cradle Beach
  • Charter School of Applied Technology
  • Child & Family Services
  • Cheektowaga Central Schools
  • City of Buffalo, Division of Substance Abuse Services
  • Claddagh Commission, Inc
  • Clean Air Coalition of Western new York
  • Community Services Inc.
  • Compass House
  • Compeer of Western New York
  • Crisis Services
  • D'Youville College Admissions Office
  • D'Youville College Athletic Department
  • D'Youville College Career Services
  • D'Youville College Public Relations Department
  • East Aurora Union Free School District
  • Edukids Early Childhood Center
  • Erie County Court Judge – 8th District
  • Erie County Department of Health & Teen Wellness
  • Erie County Department of Probation
  • Erie County District Attorney's Office
  • Erie County Family Court
  • Erie County Forensic Mental Health
  • Escuela Secundaria Ángel María Herrera (Panama)
  • Frontier Central Public Schools
  • Gateway-Longview, Inc.
  • Greenfield Continuing Care Community
  • Hillside Family Agencies
  •  Holland Central School District
  • Horizon Health Services
  • Jericho Community Health Center
  • Kaleida Addictions Center
  • Kaleida Health Occupational Therapy
  • Key Resource Group, LLP
  • Kids Peace
  • Lakeshore Behavioral Health
  • Lackawanna Drug Treatment Court
  • Lancaster Central Schools
  • Lewiston-Porter Central Schools
  • Lockport Central Schools
  • Mental Health Association of Erie County, Inc.
  • Moving Miracles
  • Newfane Central Schools
  • Native American Magnet School
  • New Frontiers in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • New York State Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Fraud Division
  • Niagara Falls Public Schools
  • Niagara Wheatfield Public Schools
  • North Tonawanda Public Schools
  • The Partnership, Ltd.
  • People Inc.
  • Research Center for Children & Youth (SUNY)
  • Research Institute on Addictions
  • Research Internships with Faculty at D’Youville and other Institutions
  • Rochester-Henrietta Central Schools
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Seneca Nation Clerks' Office
  • Sisters Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Snelling Personnel
  • SPCA
  • University of San Diego, Department of Psychology
  • West Seneca Public Schools
  • Western New York Child Psychiatric Center
  • Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services Office
  • Wheatfield Pediatrics
  • Women & Children's Hospital Early Childhood Program
  • YWCA Transitional Housing Program

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Incoming Freshman

Applicants must meet the following three criteria:

  1. Combined SAT scores of at least 980 (or ACT equivalent).
  2. A high school average of at least 80 percent.
  3. A high school rank in the upper one half of the class.

Transfer Admission

Students must have a minimum QPA of 2.5 and a minimum QPA of 2.75 in psychology courses. Transfer credits will be determined on a case-by-case basis to assess adaptability to curriculum requirements.

Each student accepted into the program must submit a letter of intent prior to course registration.

Todd Walter, psychology professor at D'Youville College

our faculty

"My clinical experience includes individual and couples therapy for many problems such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, and adjustment disorders."

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