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Psychology, B.S.

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Psychology Degree

Learn to understand human behavior and prepare for careers in the fields of business, education, health, and human services.

Why Study Psychology?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and internships:

  • Learn about emotions, personality, the brain and behavior, motivation, intelligence, health, and group behavior.
  • Participate in courses that will provide you with research and analytical skills.
  • Engage with faculty and mentors and present undergraduate research at national conferences.
  • Gain practical experience during various internship opportunities.
  • Pursue graduate studies in areas like psychology, counseling, social work, education, law, or business.

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 100% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 175 scholarships are awarded yearly.

Career Options

  • Career Counselor
  • Child & Family Social Worker
  • Health Services Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Recreational Therapist

What can I do with a psychology degree?

Employers appreciate the skills and abilities, knowledge base, and personal traits of students who major in psychology. A psychology degree does not train you to be a professional psychologist but you will be qualified for many other career paths and opportunities.


  • Commonwealth Health
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Friendship House
  • Geisinger Health Network
  • Women’s Resource Center

Juvenile Justice Institute

The JJI gives students the opportunity to use evidence-based, trauma-responsive programs designed to help area children and reduce delinquency and juvenile incarceration.

Program Goals

GOAL 1 Content Knowledge and Applications
1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and theories in psychological science.
1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s major subfields.
1.3 Portray significant aspects of the history of psychological science.
1.4 Apply psychological content to solve practical problems.
1.5 Provide examples of psychology’s integrative themes*

GOAL 2 Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
2.1 Exercise scientific reasoning to investigate psychological phenomena.
2.2 Interpret, design, and evaluate psychological research.
2.3 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific research practices.
2.4 Use statistics to evaluate quantitative research findings.

GOAL 3 Values in Psychological Science
3.1 Employ ethical standards in research, practice, and academic contexts.
3.2 Develop and practice interpersonal and intercultural responsiveness.
3.3 Apply psychological principles to strengthen community and improve quality of life.

GOAL 4 Communication, Psychological Literacy, and Technology Skills
4.1 Interact effectively with others.
4.2 Write and present effectively for different purposes.
4.3 Provide evidence of psychological literacy.
4.4 Exhibit appropriate technological skills to improve communication.

GOAL 5 Personal and Professional Development
5.1 Exhibit effective self-regulation
5.2 Refine project management skills
5.3 Display effective judgment in professional interactions
5.4 Cultivate workforce collaboration skills
5.5 Demonstrate appropriate workforce technological skills
5.6 Develop direction for life after graduation

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.


Keystone student-to-faculty ratio


increase in jobs over the next 10 years


Median annual salary for psychology careers

Social Mobility Ranking

Amazing opportunities—on campus and beyond

From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.


Engage with faculty and mentors and present undergraduate research at national conferences.


Connect with professionals through  hands-on learning and internships.

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Students in the CJ/Psychology Club participate in individual projects, observe group demonstrations, and attend the many conferences and other excursions.

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Featured Faculty

Marie Andreoli, PhD

Marie Andreoli, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Deborah Doyle Belknap, JD, PhD

Deborah Doyle Belknap, JD, PhD

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Psychology  
William Chase II, PsyD

William Chase II, PsyD

Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences Department
Steven R. Howell, PhD

Steven R. Howell, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology and Computer Science

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