Why Psychology at SDSU?

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For several years, more SDSU students have graduated from Psychology than any other major

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Our clinical psychology doctoral program is consistently among the best in the nation

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We rigorously collect and analyze data to improve interventions and benefit society

Psychology is the scientific discipline that studies human behavior and mental processes: how human beings develop, learn, think and feel. Psychologists study the relative influences of heredity and experience throughout the life span in a wide variety of environments, including the laboratory, home, school, workplace, jury room, hospital and hospice. 

Well-Renowned Research Facilities

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Mapping the Brain

An on-campus Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facility enables innovative neuroscience research

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Therapists in Training

Graduate students get valuable experience treating patients in the SDSU Psychology Clinic

Latinx Health Experts

The South Bay Latino Research Center has worked side-by-side to improve the health and well-being of our border-connected community for decades

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Autism Across the Lifespan

The SDSU Center for Autism offers research-based assessments and aid for autistic individuals from early childhood through old age

Leadership Opportunities Abound

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Socializing Psychology

The Psi Chi Honor Society and SDSU Psychology Club organize social and service events for students in the department

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Preparing for Medical Careers

Several clubs under the Health Professions Advising Office connect students with medical professional mentors and internships

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Making Mental Health Matter

SDSU Active Minds promotes mental health and well-being through outreach events

Variety of Career Paths

Students with a liberal arts education in psychology find employment in a broad range of settings including business, government agencies, non-profits, health care services and research institutions. A deep understanding of how biology and environment interact to influence people’s thoughts, feelings and actions is applicable to numerous positions in marketing, management, user experience design, law, education, and more.

  • Lauren Farahnak, M.S.
    I’m a Senior Manager in Accenture Strategy’s Talent and Organization practice, helping external clients develop talent solutions and experiences to achieve business priorities and optimize performance.
  • Jeff Olney, M.A.
    SDSU positioned me as a highly competitive candidate when I began applying to doctoral programs and ultimately allowed me to go to my top choice at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
  • Siyuan Huang, M.A.
    I am an international student from China, and now a PhD student in Adult Clinical Psychology at Penn State University. I was prepared well for my doctoral application and my career development.
  • Bryan Aasen, M.S.
    SDSU's I/O Psychology Master's program prepares you for a wide variety of career paths. I currently work on Qualcomm's People Analytics team analyzing a wealth of people data.

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