Earn your B.A. in Psychology

Duquesne University’s Psychology Faculty are well known for our expertise in human science psychology. Our approach can be contrasted to natural science psychology, which developed in the late 1800s, and was modeled after natural sciences such as physics and biology.

A human science approach addresses questions of meaning, values, experience, history, culture and power is well suited for studying love, dreams, spirituality, interpersonal relationships, gender roles, race issues, and so on.

Our faculty believe that human science approaches provide an illuminating path to grasp the full depth and subtlety of human experience. 

What does this mean for undergraduate students?

Our Psychology Department's emphasis on the human science perspective means that coursework aims to foster critical thinking, ethical reflection and creative attention to the nature of psychological life.

Many find they are better prepared for a path that leads to a helping profession.

You'll learn how to:

  • understand the fundamental concepts, issues, and interest areas of psychology, both as a human science and a natural science.
  • think critically and creatively about human psychology and life as a whole.
  • engage critically and socially with the contemporary world, fostering appreciation for its many forms of diversity.
  • work with and apply ethical principles, both personally and professionally.
  • prepare for careers and/or graduate study in psychology, social work, and counseling, and in related fields such as education, business, law, health care, and human services.
  • cultivate your potential as distinctive individuals and participants in society.

    "My favorite part about being a psychology major is the humanistic and existential approach. Duquesne is one of the few schools that offer a human science program like this, and it is interesting to learn about that aspect of psychology."

    Noah Madden, Senior Psychology Major


Program Information

Traditional, in-person psychology program focusing on the human science and natural science approaches.

Program Type

Major, Minor



Academic Department




Required Credit Hours


Program Requirements

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 102 Orientation to the Psychology Major 1.5cr
  • PSYC 201 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 203 Introduction to Psychology as a Human Science
  • PSYC 220 Brain, Behavior, & Cognition
  • MATH 125 Fundamentals of Statistics
  • MATH 225 Introduction to Biostatistics
  • PSYC 225W Developmental Psychology: Childhood & Adolescence 
  • PSYC 228W Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 240W Social Psychology
  • PSYC 252W Psychological Disorders
One course must be from the following:
  • PSYC 324 Perspectives on Disability & Illness
  • PSYC 353 Psychology of Gender
  • PSYC 354 Psychology of Social/Cultural Diversity

One course must be from the following:
  • PSYC 321 Laboratory in Psychological Research
  • PSYC 410 Existential Phenomenological Psychology
  • PSYC 411 Post-structural and Critical Psychology
  • PSYC 412 Psycholanalytic Psychology
  • PSYC 413 Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

Students must also select six additional credits in Psychology courses (from the courses listed above and/or elective courses)
  • PSYC 399 Professional Preparation for Psychology Majors (1.5 credits)
  • PSYC 480 Psychology & Community Engagement

Minoring in Psychology (15 credits)

Want to add a minor in Psychology to your resume? Students interested in minoring in Psychology must complete the following requirements:
  • PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 203: Introduction to Psychology as a Human Science
  • 9 other PSYC credits taken through Duquesne University's Department of Psychology