Psychology is a rich and diverse field, thanks to the groundbreaking work of numerous researchers and practitioners over the last century. As a science, psychology is the study of the mental processes, behavior and experience of humans and animals. As a profession, the goal is to apply psychological principles to improve the experiences of individuals, groups and institutions. 

Common career paths: social worker, counselor, researcher, psychologist, psychiatrist.

Study psychology at Canisius and you’ll explore fascinating issues around cognitive development, personality traits, autism, addiction and much more. Our program addresses the field’s broad scope and includes neuroscience as well as cognitive, affective, social, developmental and clinical topics. As a psychology major, you’ll have the option of two distinct degree paths: a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. The choice of which degree to pursue depends largely on your career goals. 

Two Distinct Paths

Choose our BA program if:

  • You plan to enter the workforce after completing your undergraduate degree
  • You’re interested in the field of social work or mental health counseling
  • You plan to attend graduate school in a non-psychology field such as business, law or management

Choose our BS program if:

  • You prefer a more science-based curriculum
  • You’re interested in research, especially quantitative methodology
  • You plan to pursue a graduate degree in psychology
  • You plan to go to medical school or are interested in a healthcare career

Recent Graduate School Acceptances

Most of our students in the BS in Psychology program go on to pursue graduate work. Some recent acceptances include:

  • Clark University
  • Fordham University
  • State University of New York at Binghamton
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Texas A&M University 
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Washington

Student Success 

Haylie Virginia Psychology Canisius
“I fell in love with an intro course, then a second psych course really set me on the path to a career in psychology. The more I learned, the more interesting it became.”
Hailey Virginia, Canisius alumna now pursuing a PhD in Psychology

In-Depth Research and Conference Presentations

Unlike psychology programs at larger institutions, our undergraduate program enables close collaboration with faculty. Students can help conduct qualitative and quantitative research as part of the Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) and then present the findings at our annual Ignatian Scholarship Day event. Our students also co-present research findings at regional and national conferences for professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association.

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The Practicum Experience

Practicums give psychology majors opportunities to apply classroom lessons to real-life settings. Similar to an internship, a practicum connects students with trained professionals working in a variety of programs and organizations. Recent practicum sites include the Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo Psychiatric Center, and the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center

For a list of recent practicum sites, view Career Connections.