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Psychology is offered offered in programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Science degrees. A minor is also available for students who are majoring in other fields in which a knowledge of psychology would be beneficial.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior of both humans and animals. Some psychologist are primarily concerned with learning more about human behavior through scientific methods; others are concerned with the application of psychological principles, as in psychotherapy, behavior modification, and industrial psychology.

What do Psychologist do?

Some specific areas of opportunities for Psychology majors with various degrees of professional training include clinical and counseling psychology (personal adjustment of individuals as in marriage counseling), community psychology (welfare agencies or mental health organizations), developmental psychology (children's clinic or hospitals), experimental psychology (in research settings), human factors psychology (assessment of human performance), psychometric psychology (design of tests to assess individuals' abilities and interest), and social psychology (behavior of individuals).

Our Mission:

The mission of the CSULA Psychology Department is to provide students with the opportunity to excel academically and professionally by using a teacher-scholar mentoring model to teach psychology as a scientific discipline that accurately reflects the diversity of life and human experience. The department is committed to excellence in teaching, research, practice, and scholarship. Faculty members are equally committed to fostering service that promotes social justice in our local and global communities and to incorporating cultural issues in curriculum, research, and mentoring. In support of these goals the department seeks to provide a supportive, open, culturally sensitive, and collegial academic environment to its faculty and students.


The Psychology department offers several scholarship opportunities for undergraduates as well graduate students. Applications for scholarships are received only during the fall quarter. All interested applicants should obtain and turn in their application to the Psychology Department (KH C3104).

The following scholarships are available to students:

  • William Hobson and Evelyn Troup Fund
  • Jean and Bernard Phinney Psychology Scholarship
  • Michael W. Roffe Psychology Scholarship
  • Charles Wang Scholarship

For further information: contact the Department of Psychology at (323) 342-2250 or the Office of University Outreach and Recruitment at (323) 343-3178.