As a student of Psychology, you observe, examine and engage with individuals and groups. As a student of the human condition, our shared mission is to gain a deeper appreciation of your community, city, country and world by learning about the dynamics, triumphs and flaws of those who came before you.
Our goals are straightforward: If there is a problem to solve, we strive to make your education equip you with tools that lead to effective solutions. To understand the human condition in the context of today, you will study the past and assess how we have arrived at where we are today. Using empirically tested theories to guide your thinking and scientific tools to test your hypotheses, your aim is to reveal the masked truths about reality. You will read the professional literature from multiple disciplines of psychology, gain insight about and skills in social science methods and data analysis techniques, practice perspective-taking and empathy, and figure out ways to help a person, group or community. You will engage in psychological research with published professionals, and obtain the tools needed to be an effective problem-solver of the human condition. We have a lot to offer to you, and we know that you have a lot to offer us, too!
What skills will I gain as a Psychology major?
- Knowledge of psychology: You will learn to seek out relevant, useful information about a psychological phenomenon or process.
- Scientific inquiry and critical thinking: You will scrutinize published and unpublished scientific evidence about a wide range of psychological issues, and you will gain experience at testing your own hypotheses.
- Ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world: You will study why and how past psychologists pushed the ethical boundaries with their research. Importantly, you will study modern approaches to doing no harm and practicing beneficence in scientific research and in professional practice. You will learn that psychological lenses are also ethical and moral ones and that knowledge must combine with purpose and principle.
- Communication: You will learn how to become adept at expressing ideas through speaking, professional writing, data analyzing and scientific reporting.
- Professionalism: You will be prepared to interact confidently with others in local and global professional organizations. You will become a more effective citizen and an asset to your community.
Why study psychology at Saint Xavier?
- SXU is a unique place to learn about psychology. We have been part of Chicago history for over 170 years. Generations of our graduates have gone on to be problem-solvers for the sake of improving the human condition.
- Our faculty include experts in the history of psychology, cognitive, developmental, social, clinical, motivational, research methodology and data analysis, among other areas.
- We combine this breadth with the advantages of a small department. You will come to know your professors as individuals as they will with you as an individual and and student.
- We aim to reveal what sparks your curiosity and help to guide you on your own quest for psychological understanding.
- You will work closely with your fellow students and form lifelong friendships.
- Our University comes from a tradition of faith, service and value for the individual, service and intellectual inquiry.