• Psychology at Hamline

    Psychology is a wide-ranging discipline that involves the empirical study of mind and behavior.  Contemporary psychological science is focused on basic and applied research in many areas, including physiological bases of behavior, cognition, emotion, development and personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy, social processes, psychology in the workplace, and clinical and health psychology.

    The psychology major is basic to pre-professional training for a career in psychology, which requires graduate study leading to the MA, MS, PsyD, and PhD degrees. Professional careers in psychology include teaching and research in colleges and universities; counseling and clinical work in mental health settings, in schools, and in community settings; psychology-related work in hospitals and public health settings, in the military services, and in the justice system; and psychology-related work in industry, and in local, state and federal agencies of many kinds. Over the years Hamline psychology majors have obtained advanced degrees from many of the nation’s leading graduate programs, and our majors have established successful careers as counseling and clinical psychologists, social psychologists, experimental psychologists, industrial/organizational psychologists, and developmental psychologists. 

    The student majoring in psychology who does not plan on a psychology-focused career receives a broad liberal arts education and is qualified for diverse employment opportunities. Examples of such opportunities are teaching, personnel work in business and industry, industrial relations, merchandising and sales, advertising, and other community enterprises.  Psychology majors have pursued careers in education, health and medicine, law, human resources, management, and government services.

    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for Psychology.

  • News

    Photo of Maureen Erickson-Robertshaw

    Maureen Erickson-Robertshaw ’22 wants to help rural Minnesota families navigate complex family situations. By finishing her bachelor’s degree in psychology online from Hamline University, she’s taking the first step toward that dream


    Dr. Erik Asp, assistant professor of psychology, delivered the Allport keynote address at St. Olaf College on May 4, 2021.


    Psychology Professor Serena King and psychology research students Sarah Sawyer, Janie Schwartz, and Hannah Moore will present their work at the Association for Psychological Science International Virtual Conference in May.