Psychology Major

The major in psychology is designed with four purposes in mind: (1) preparation for graduate study and a career in psychology; (2) preparation for vocations where extensive background in psychology is necessary, such as general counseling and some careers in human services; (3) general preparation for related vocations, such as business, education, law, advertising, or nursing; and (4) a broadening educational experience which will contribute to the understanding of self and others.


  • Students conduct their own original experiments and research projects and collaborate on research projects with faculty members in the department.
  • Simpson students have a 100% placement rate in applications to present research at the annual Midwestern Psychological Association Conference.
  • More than 40% of Simpson psychology graduates go on to graduate school.
  • Psychology Club enriches the classroom experience and offers networking opportunities.

Jobs & Internships

  • Children and Families of Iowa
  • Department of Human Services
  • Division of Criminal Investigation
  • George Washington Carver Association
  • Heartland Area Education Agency
  • Orchard Place
  • Powell Chemical Dependency
  • The Young Women's Resource Center
  • Youth Emergency Services
  • Youth Homes of MidAmerica

Graduate Schools

  • Kansas State University
  • Marquette University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Albany
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Wisconsin, Stout
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha
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Course Requirements

Introduction to the Field of Psychology
  • Psyc 101 Introduction to Psychology
Methods Courses
  • Psyc 214 Research Methods in Psychology
  • Psyc 215 Statistical Methods in Psychology
One Foundation course from each group
Foundations in Cognitive, Biological & Learning Processes
  • Psyc 233 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Psyc 237 Cognitive Psychology
Foundations in Clinical. Developmental & Social Processes
  • Psyc 201 Developmental Psychology
  • Psyc 250 Abnormal Psychology
  • Psyc 220 Psychology of Gender
One Upper Level course from each group
Cognitive, Biological, and Learning Processes
  • Psyc 329 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psyc 331 Learning and Behavior
  • Psyc 334 Psychology of Language
  • Psyc 336 Sensation and Perception
Clinical, Developmental, and Social Processes
  • Psyc 322 Social Psychology
  • Psyc 342 Personality
  • Psyc 343 Clinical Psychology
  • Psyc 349 Adolescent Development
Electives: Three additional courses, at least one numbered 300 or above, from those listed above or Psyc 376 Advanced Research II

One capstone in Psychology course

  • Psyc 351 Practicum in Psychology
  • Psyc 375 Advanced Research I
Total 10 courses plus capstone

Dr. Jane Paulsen ’83- Expert In Psychology

Even at a young age, Dr. Jane Paulsen knew that what she wanted out of life more than anything was to help people.