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Psychology at UAS

Psychology is the scientific study of how and why people think, feel, and behave as they do. Our scientific approach to understanding human behavior equips our students with a solid foundation of analytical and research skills for careers in many fields

The psychology curriculum at UAS is intended to provide a solid foundation in quantitative methods of the science, while also allowing students to individualize their educational experience. Students may elect either a primary or a secondary concentration area in psychology. They may also simply enroll in courses of personal or professional interest. The purpose of the psychology curriculum at UAS is to prepare students for graduate study in the field and/or future careers. Thus, electives in psychology at the upper-division level have an empirical orientation, focusing on areas such as social, clinical, personality, and cognitive psychology. Students completing the program will be prepared to pursue a wide range of professional studies in psychology: Some will be the next generation of psychological scientists and educators who will create and disseminate new knowledge, others will choose careers including but not limited to counseling, social work, law, education, business, and medicine.

Students who are pursuing a primary or secondary concentration in psychology and are looking for more direct, "hands on" exposure to the field may also choose to complete an independent research project, a research or teaching assistantship, or an internship within our communities.

Program Opportunities


In recent years, UAS students have completed internships with various community agencies and programs, including the Sex Offender Treatment Program at Lemon Creek Correctional Facility.


There are multiple ways students can get involved in psychological research at UAS.

  1. Become a research participant in psychological studies conducted by UAS psychology faculty. How to participate?

    1. Volunteer by signing up via the Department of Social Sciences Research Participation System
    2. Add yourself as a new user using your UAS user name and email address.
    3. Select course if your professor is offering extra credit or select volunteer
    4. Find available timeslots and sign up.
    5. Show up at the specified time and place and a researcher will be waiting for you.
  2. Become a research assistant in a psychology faculty’s lab

    Research assistants (RA) work directly with faculty to run participants through research studies. RAs are trained in protocols, ethics, and get experience with all aspects of the research process from developing of studies, recruitment of participants, to the entering of data, and discussion of results. RAs enroll in PSY 497 (Independent Study) for 1-3 credits (or 3-9 hrs per week). Volunteer opportunities are also available.

    Contact Dr. Sesko for details about openings in her lab and for an application (

  3. Conduct your own independent research

    Students may work closely with psychology faculty to develop, implement, analyze, write-up results, and present their own research projects. Students working on projects enroll in PSY 498 (Independent Research for 3 credits). Psychology students at UAS have a strong history of applying for and obtaining the competitive Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URECA) award to help fund their research.

Course Work

Psychology may be either a primary or secondary concentration area within the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science degree program.

Psychology as Primary Concentration Area in Social Science (24 Credits)

Primary Concentration Requirements

Course number Course name Credits
PSY S101 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
SSCI S300 Research Methods in Social Science 3 credits
PSY S___ Electives (12 credits must be upper division) 18 credits

Psychology as Secondary Concentration Area in Social Science (15 Credits)

Secondary Concentration Requirements

Course number Course name Credits
PSY S101 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
PSY S___ Electives (6 credits must be upper division) 12 credits

Courses regularly taught by psychology faculty

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY S101)
  • Child Development (PSY S245)
  • Lifespan Development (PSY S250)
  • Social Psychology (PSY/SOC S302)
  • Psychology of Gender (PSY S313)
  • Current Issues in Psychology (PSY S375; including for example, Stereotypes and Prejudice and Close Relationships)
  • Human Sexuality across Cultures (PSY/SOC S333)
  • Psychology and Law (PSY S386)
  • Personality Theories (PSY S406)
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychology (PSY S430)
  • Learning and Cognition (PSY S440)
  • Methods in the Social Sciences (SSCI S300)
  • and Data Analysis in the Social Sciences (SSCI S373)

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