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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The goal of psychology is to describe, predict and explain human thought and behavior. At Woodbury, psychology is applied to helping people and communities thrive and solve problems. Through research, critical analysis, and hands-on experiences, our faculty actively mentor students in applying classroom knowledge to real-world issues.

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Psychology at Woodbury

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A future in psychology

The Psychology program examines the complexities of human behavior — both as individuals and as part of larger social communities. Core courses in the department include, developmental, social, personality, influence and persuasion, and abnormal psychology. Additionally, the program offers a variety of exciting and unique courses such as media psychology, psychology of evil, psychology of fear, psychology of fashion, addictions, introduction to counseling, human sexuality, neuropsychology, and forensics.

The Psychology program prepares students to work in diverse fields such as counseling, social work, advertising and marketing, education, medicine, law, public policy, quantitative data analysis, media communications and more. Students receive a strong foundation in psychological theory and application that successfully prepares them for professional work or graduate school. All Psychology students complete an original, independent senior thesis research project on a topic of their choice. Ninety-four percent of these projects have been accepted for presentation at national and regional psychology conferences.

Top reasons to come to Woodbury:

  • Strong one-on-one mentorship with faculty, building research skills and preparing future professionals.
  • Internships and graduating portfolios that increase employability.
  • Psychology classes are guaranteed for majors.
  • On-time graduation, unlike many Cal State Universities where psychology is impacted and not accepting new majors.
  • Emphasis on application of psychology to the amelioration of today’s real world problems.
  • Student success — Psychology majors have one of the highest employment rates after graduation, and over 90% of our students who apply to graduate school are accepted.

Listen to an Interview with Psychology Chair Dr. Joye Swan

She talks about her research, her experience, and the Psychology program at Woodbury on the university podcast, Studio 7500:

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Internships & Careers

Internship opportunities:

  •  Cri-Help
  •  Bridges Academy
  • The Help Group
  • Langdon Elementary School
  • Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic
  • Southern California Neuropsychology Group
  • Institute on Aging
  • Ultimate Lifestyle Center
  • SOBER College

Internships are a required component of the BA degree in Psychology.

Career opportunities:

  • Advertising and marketing  (suggested Woodbury courses: Influence & Persuasion; Consumer Psychology)
  • Counseling and therapy (suggested Woodbury courses: Counseling: Addictions; Marriage & Intimacy; Psychology of Gender)
  • Occupational therapy (suggested Woodbury courses: Health Psychology, Neuropsychology)
  • Research and program evaluation (suggested Woodbury courses: Applied Psychology; Research Methods)
  • Developmental, social work, and education (suggested Woodbury courses: Social Psychology; Cross-Cultural Psychology)
  • Technology (suggested Woodbury courses: Media Psychology; Human-Centered Design)
Nitin Dhiman
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Nitin Dhiman

Nitin Dhiman, graduate in psychology, class of 2014, is passionate about technology, data and research. His senior thesis, “‘Tetris, Anyone?’: How Perception of Competition Induces Behavioral Aggression,” used video games and a pressure-sensitive keyboard to study competitive aggression.  Nitin currently works for Synermed Healthcare as a Medical Operations Analyst. Additionally, Nitin continues to work closely with faculty member Dr. Faber on presenting and publishing research exploring why individuals “troll” on the Internet. In early 2016, Nitin also completed his M.B.A. at Woodbury University and aims to pursue a doctorate in Quantitative Psychology.

“My favorite aspect of the program is accessibility to very knowledgeable professors. They are able to help you become a successful student, and a stronger researcher.”

— Emily Schatz, Alumna

“It was great being able to develop close relationships with all my professors; it made the learning environment so much more comfortable and even fun.”

— Vanessa Rountree, Alumna

“The program offered a unique bonding experience. Amazing relationships with professors and incredible friendships with peers helped to strengthen our contributions to the psychology community.”

— Arvin Arakelian, Alumnus


The Gilbert Psychology Lab serves students by providing a facility in which to conduct their research projects as well as a group meeting space. The facility houses the iWorx physiology research equipment which allows for testing heart-rate, respiration, blood pressure, electrodermal activity (a.k.a. galvanic skin response), and more. A one-way mirror allows students to conduct observational studies without being obtrusive to participants.

Psychology classrooms and computer labs also feature research software tools for statistical analysis (SPSS) and qualitative language analysis (LIWC). The Woodbury library has electronic access to many academic journals in the behavioral sciences.

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Psychology Courses

The Psychology curriculum is designed to provide graduates with a solid understanding and mastery of the fundamentals of psychological science.  Students receive a thorough foundation in theory, research design, statistics and critical thinking, along with an emphasis on applying psychological principles to real world issues.  The curriculum is organized around three types of courses:

  • Introductory courses offer students an initial look at psychology as a highly influential and dynamic branch of scientific study. These early classes focus on the overall impact psychology has had on the world, the values it promotes and the many types of professional careers it offers.
  • Breadth courses further immerse students in a wide array of specialization areas in psychology through a handful of mid-level core courses and a variety of department electives.
  • Research sequence courses provide students with applied training in research design and quantitative analysis unmatched by most other psychology undergraduate programs. Students gain invaluable professional experience through completion of an individual empirical thesis capstone project.

Concentration Courses (Optional)

As a Woodbury Psychology student, you have the option to add a concentration to your degree which allows you to focus your studies on courses that are of interest to you and of value to your future career.

Students can transfer into the program at any time (Fall or Spring), with no minimum number of credits required.

Course Requirements  

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Undergraduate Course Catalog



In the clinical concentration students are prepared for a future in therapy and or counseling through a variety of courses including:

Courses Required:

PSYC 309 Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 319 Intro to Counseling

PSYC 322 Marriage and Intimacy

PSYC 3700 Addictions

PSYC 410 Senior Thesis: Clinical topic

In the media concentration, students are prepared for a variety of careers in areas such as advertising/marketing, social media, and app or web content creation through a variety of courses including:

Courses Required:

Influence and Persuasion (PSYC 306)

Media Psychology (PSYC 317)

Consumer Behavior (PSYC 318)

Motivation and Emotion (PSYC 3XX)

Senior Thesis (PSYC 410): Media topic

The research concentration is designed for students who are most fascinated by the scientific processes underlying human behavior. Students gain in-depth knowledge of statistics, foundational and advanced research methods, and proficiency in SPSS statistical software. This track prepares students for graduate training or fields related to research, evaluation, and data analytics.

Courses Required:

Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (PSYC 221)

Foundations in Research Methods (PSYC 330)

Advanced Statistics (PSYC 331)

Advanced Research Methods (PSYC 402)

Senior Thesis (PSYC 410): Experimental design

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Woodbury faculty are accomplished, caring academics and professionals dedicated to supporting the success of students throughout their academic journey. They bring their professional expertise to students and work closely with them to teach the skills and theory required to enter professional practice or pursue advanced study. Through this individual attention, Woodbury fosters close mentoring relationships between faculty and students in a supportive and encouraging environment.


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WSCUC: Senior College and University Commission (formerly WASC)