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Psychology (B.A.)

  • Bachelor of Arts Major
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Prospective students can now apply for a direct-entry 4+2 option that gives students a bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as a master’s in Gannon’s CACREP- accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, preparing them for licensure as professional counselors.

  • GU Possibilities
    • Ninety-eight percent of Gannon social work graduates apply and are accepted into graduate schools of social work, many of them top ten schools. In the past five years, graduates have been accepted to Columbia University, Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Science, the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, University of Michigan School of Social Work, New York University Silver School of Social Work and the University of Geneva.
    • Students who graduate with a 3.0 GPA in the social work concentration can achieve advance standing upon acceptance into a graduate school of social work. Most students can earn their graduate degree in 12-18 months.
    • Social work students have the opportunity each year to apply for and acquire paid internships.
    • The Social Work Club hosts one of the largest single-day Christmas celebrations for the underserved and homeless residents of Erie, serving a hot Christmas dinner to 500-600 guests, while also providing gifts for children and clothing for individuals and families.

    You Will Learn

    The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program prepares students for a variety of professional and liberal arts careers by providing maximal flexibility in vocational planning. Because of the strong foundation the curriculum provides in research methods, liberal studies core and behavioral sciences, the psychology major prepares the student to pursue graduate study in a variety of fields including psychology, social work, counseling, business and healthcare administration, law and others. It also prepares the student for other careers that require a strong liberal arts background.  

    You Will Experience

    Psychology majors are encouraged to participate in an internship as a junior or senior.  This working experience gives students the opportunity to see which career path might fit them best.  Students work with an advisor to design an internship that is most suitable to their career interests and their schedule. Students may network to procure an internship in their home area, completing the internship over the summer.  During the academic semesters there are many diverse opportunities available to Gannon students here in the Erie community, such as: 

    • Achievement Center and Sarah Reed Children’s Center (child mental health)
    • Erie Sleep and Wellness Center and Northshore Psychological Associates (neuroscience)
    • Gaudenzia Erie and Pyramid Healthcare (drug and alcohol)
    • GoCollege Program (school psychology)

    You Will Achieve

    Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology are well prepared for law school, or for master’s degree programs in disciplines such as counseling, social work or business.

    For graduates who intend to immediately enter the workforce, the psychology major prepares them for success in a wide variety of fields. These opportunities include but are not limited to: 

    • child protection 
    • college admissions 
    • corrections 
    • employment counseling 
    • family services 
    • group homes 
    • human resources 
    • nonprofit fundraising 
    • public relations 
    • staff training and development 

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $38,300
    • Mid-career salary: $62,100


    Salaries will be higher for graduates who pursue graduate degrees in psychology and related fields. For example, industrial-organizational psychologists in the private sector have a median annual salary of $100,000.

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (  

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Core courses in psychology include human development, social psychology, psychopathology, cross-cultural psychology, cognitive psychology and physiological psychology.  Psychology majors also choose from a wide variety of elective courses, including:

    PSYC 307: The Helping Relationship

    In this course students learn basic helping skills and have the opportunity to practice and role play in specially designed counseling rooms with two-way mirrors for observation.

    PSYC 292: Industrial-Organizational Psychology

    This course delves into the application of psychological principles in the work environment, and provides an introduction to a growing and highly lucrative sub-field of psychology.

    PSYC 309: Group Dynamics

    This course explores the interaction of people in groups, with application for therapeutic and other settings.  Students experience group dynamics first-hand through class exercises held in group counseling rooms.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.