Psychology (BS)

The Department of Psychology offers an undergraduate degree in psychology, which has been designed to provide students with a liberal arts education emphasizing the biological, social, and cultural aspects of behavior. Students are prepared for graduate and professional studies as well as careers in various employment settings. To achieve these objectives, students are required to complete the University College core curriculum and at least fifty credit hours of course work in psychology. Besides the major, students must complete a minor or a set of free elective courses in consultation with their academic advisors. The department also offers an online degree completion program.

The following degrees can be obtained:

No matter if you are a traditional student, a transfer student or a continuing education student Fayetteville State will support you and ensure that you are receiving an optimal educational experience.
Tanjeniqwa Smith
Psychology Major '18
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What Will You Learn?

As a psychology major, you will take a combination of required and elective courses in psychology, along with a liberal arts core. These courses will expose you to the:

  • general organization of the discipline and the different areas in which it is organized (developmental, clinical, cognitive, etc)
  • use of statistics while measuring behavior and psychological traits
  • methods necessary to achieve scientific knowledge
  • different theories on learning, social behavior, and development
  • the function of the brain as a source of the human mind
  • difference between normal and abnormal behavior
  • psychological underpinnings of culture and human society

On a broader scale, you will also gain skills that translate beyond the classroom. You will:

  • Learn about contemporary issues and the role that psychology plays on them
  • Understand the global and societal impacts of psychology and psychological research
  • Understand your professional and ethical responsibilities as a scientist and as a professional
  • Sharpen your written, oral and technical communication skills
  • Think critically, clearly and logically
  • Become a lifelong learner

What will you do?

Studying psychology opens the door to career paths that are important to our society as a whole. You can have access to jobs in public safety, education, business, environment, health, etc. The Master of Psychology is the first station to achieve professional goals in any of the areas of psychology. Many of our graduates, in order to become a Clinical Psychologist or to further their career goals, go on to achieve a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Areas of psychology

  • Clinical psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
Career Options


  • consumer researcher
  • market analyst
  • data analyst
  • interviewer
  • market researcher
  • social science researcher
  • statistician
  • survey research technician


  • consumer researcher
  • criminology researcher
  • market analyst
  • data analyst
  • interviewer
  • market researcher
  • social science researcher
  • statistician
  • survey research technician


  • community college instructor
  • admissions officer
  • public health educator

Business and Industry

  • advertising executive
  • business analyst
  • public relations specialist
  • consumer relations specialist
  • human resources manager


  • employee specialist
  • foreign service officer
  • human rights officer
  • program supervisor
  • special agent
  • urban planner

Community and Social Services

  • child development specialist
  • environmental organizer
  • family planning worker
  • hospital administrator
  • public health supervisor
  • rural health outreach worker