The Psychology Department engages students in the study of the many aspects of psychological life—individual, bodily, interpersonal, ethical, social, and cultural – using reflective and empirical methods.
The faculty brings a broad range of perspectives and practical experience to their teaching. Grounded in the theory and practice of clinical work as well as in quantitative and qualitative research, they bring a range of perspectives to their teaching, including humanistic and phenomenological, depth psychology, social, behavioral, and cognitive. They also draw upon perspectives and material from other disciplines such as literature, philosophy, history, and other social sciences in their teaching.
Offerings include courses that are standard in any department (e.g., developmental, abnormal, social, and research methods) as well as courses that focus on important but often-neglected areas (e.g., forgiveness, gender, political and ecological issues, health, existential-phenomenology, multicultural counseling, and creativity).
We encourage students to explore the field of psychology by job shadowing and/or volunteering. We also assist students in pursuing Practicum (internship) opportunities providing an excellent way to learn about different professions and different agencies efficiently.
Isabel Gilbertson, graduating in June '22, has been selected as a US Student Fulbright Research Finalist for a fellowship in Vietnam
Developing critical content for the Washington State Behavioral Health Strike team offered an unexpected opportunity for Seattle U psychology students.
A team of SU students are providing research assistance and Joanna Corpuz, ’22, and Sydney Lindell, ’21, developed new tips to combat loneliness through the holidays.
Meet alum Jennifer Cruz '16, selected by The Fulbright U.S. Student Program to conduct public health research in India.
Meet Psychology alum Ian Hajnosz '17.