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The possibilities for a future with psychology major are many. Recent Augustana grads have gone on for a master’s in counseling, industrial organization, social work and political science. If you go for a Ph.D., you could join our graduates who are experts in cognitive, clinical, social and quantitative psychology, or behavioral neuroscience.

Whatever fascinates you about the field, our developmental approach and hands-on experience will open doors. Your knowledge of research methods, analysis and presentation will make you stand out to graduate schools or employers.

You’ll get 40+ hours of clinical experience in the community. (It’s not unusual for recent grads to be hired full-time after a successful clinical placement.) You may collaborate with a faculty mentor in a research lab. You also may spend a term volunteering in a community agency and developing research based on your experience.

Working with your advisor, you’ll create a portfolio of your customized learning and research experience, to help your focus on a professional path.;

What you'll learn

Disciplinary knowledge

Disciplinary knowledge

Gain a deep understanding of your subject and how it connects to other subjects.

Intellectual curiosity

Intellectual curiosity

Set yourself up for lifelong intellectual growth. Take responsibility for your own learning.

Critical thinking and information literacy

Critical thinking and information literacy

Judge and construct arguments, raise questions and define problems. Make a conclusion based on evidence.

Ethical citizenship

Ethical citizenship

Examine and embrace your strengths, passions and values. Develop ethical convictions and act on them.

Communication competence

Communication competence

Read and listen carefully. Express ideas (writing or speaking) suited to the audience.


• All psychology majors take the course Basic Issues in Psychology, covering career possibilities and graduate school plans, and helping students to find their paths.

• Each year, psychology student researchers participate and present at conferences such as the Tristate Undergraduate Psychology Conference, the annual convention of the Midwestern Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Sciences. Thanks to travel grants, students have been able to present their work in New York City, San Francisco, Toronto and Havana, Cuba.

• The psychology department has offered a two-part course, Childhood in the Developing World in Guatemala, with a fall term on campus and two weeks in Guatemala over J-term. Students of psychology, education or social welfare may especially be interested in learning how cultural, economic and social factors affect development in children in the developing world. Students can use their Augie Choice $2,000 for this or other study-abroad opportunities.

Recent graduates

Daniel Williams ’19  is an advocate specialist for the Rock Island County Child Abuse Council CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program.

Emily Grooms ’17 is a school psychologist at Black Hawk Area Special Education District.     

Kayla Jackson ’17 is a graduate assistant in the Center for Evaluation and Assessment (educational measurement and statistics) at the University of Iowa.

Emily Murphy ’17 is an outpatient youth and family therapist at CenterPointe, Lincoln, Neb.

Nadia Panasky ’17 is a recruitment specialist for pharmacotherapy clinical research trials in Chicago.

Ethan Harrod '16 is a graduate researcher in the social psychophysiology and neuroendocrinology lab at the University of Chicago.

Daniel Williams
More Than I Imagined Daniel Williams
“Peak experience? The opportunity to teach emotional empathy through Shakespeare at the Scott County Jail.”
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More Than I Imagined Samantha Wright
“I am lucky enough to have four advisors who have my back as a triple major with a minor.”
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