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What will I learn?

Gonzaga’s Psychology Department emphasizes the observable and experiential aspects of human behavior. Thus, a central aspect of our mission is to ensure that students appreciate and understand the scientific method upon which modern psychology is based and learn the skills essential to scientific inquiry. Beyond providing a broad foundational knowledge base, we also seek to educate students in ways that encourage self-discovery, expand critical thinking skills, enhance written and oral expression, develop awareness of ethical issues and human diversity, and inspire a life-long commitment to service and social justice.


The Psychology Department at Gonzaga offers both a major and minor in psychology. Students that choose to major in psychology choose a certain number of courses from each of our five clusters. Students are also required to take some classes from each cluster, but they can customize their schedule so that they are taking classes that are of most interest to them. Students that choose to minor in psychology are required to take three lower-division and four upper-division courses.

Psychology is a fascinating and complex science aimed at understanding why humans think and behave as they do. Psychologists specialize in many different areas including social, developmental, animal behavior, learning, cognition and clinical to name a few.

Students who possess a critical curiosity about the functions and causes of behavior and decision-making are invited to choose a major in Psychology. Gonzaga’s Psychology program embraces learning both in and outside of the classroom (e.g., research assistant in faculty labs, internships, volunteer work).


Biological Psychology Cluster

Courses include: • Biological Psychology • Sensation and Perception

Learning and Cognition Cluster

Courses include: • Cognition • Learning

Social and Personality Cluster

Courses include: • Social Psychology • Personality • Cultural Psychology

Developmental Psychology Cluster

Courses include: • Child Psychology • Adolescent Psychology • Emerging Adulthood • Psychology of Aging • Lifespan Development

Clinical and Health Cluster

Courses include: • Abnormal Child Psychology • Psychopathology • Clinical Neuropsychology • Seminar: Health/Pediatric Psychology • Seminar: Clinical/Counseling Psychology


First, psychology majors take a course in general psychology. In general psychology, students are introduced to the different specialties in the field and learn about key studies and theories that psychologists have contributed to each of those specialties.

Second, students take a course in statistics. In statistics, students learn about essential measurement tools necessary for making sense of all the psychological studies that they will read about.

Third, students take a course in research methods. This class provides students with the tools for applying the scientific method (i.e., generating hypotheses and figuring out how to test them) to complicated questions about human thinking and behavior. This class allows students to be able to ask that question and then set out to find answers.


This is a special pathway within the psychology major. If you are planning for doctoral level graduate studies this may be a great opportunity for you. The research concentration will give you additional experience in research and data analysis.

Recently completed research projects include: • The Effects of Handwritten vs. Typed Notes on Retention • Relational Mobility • Gratitude and Our Planet: Changing Behaviors • Gratitude: Reducing Loneliness in Older Adults

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$51,266.00 per year
Application deadline

17 April 2023

Start date

10 January 2023, 15 May 2023


College of Arts and Sciences

502 East Boone Avenue,



99258, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

For international students

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

iBT / TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: 80+

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5+

PTE (Pearson Test of English) 56+

iTEP Academic Plus 4.5+

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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