Psychology (BA)

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Why Psychology?

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology degree leads to a wide variety of career options, especially with jobs in this field projected to be on the rise. If you are intrigued by human behavior and inspired by the idea of influencing people’s lives for the better, consider majoring in psychology.

Why Study Psychology at Iona?

While earning your BA in Psychology at Iona, you’ll benefit from small classes taught by accomplished faculty who are practicing professionals, actively engaged researchers and outstanding teachers. As part of your psychology major, you will have frequent opportunities to conduct research whether it be your own endeavor or in a professor’s laboratory. Our high student success rate reflects the degree of personal attention and support you’ll receive.

What You’ll Learn

Our Bachelor’s in Psychology program focuses on the science of human behavior, fostering your understanding of the biological, social, emotional and cognitive processes that affect that behavior. You’ll learn how to apply the scientific skills, practices and procedures of psychology to improve the lives of others while preparing yourself for a rewarding career.

Iona College’s psychology classes purposefully explore a range of topics ranging from quantitative methods to personality theory to applied psychology. This breadth of knowledge presented in the psychology major gives you the opportunity to prepare for multiple areas in the profession while developing the analytical and communication skills that could be valuable in other career paths. Our BA in Psychology curriculum allows you the freedom to design your own path through the major, offering direct connection and application to your future career goals.

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Psychology Program Highlights

Degree Format Options

By combining a BA in Psychology with a minor or accelerated BA-MA degree, psychology majors can focus on a specific area of psychology.

The combined bachelor’s-and-master’s program allows you to concentrate in General-Experimental or Industrial-Organizational psychology.

In addition, Iona students who are not Psychology majors can pursue a Psychology minor as a complement to their major.

Hands-On Research

During your psychology courses at Iona, you’ll have many opportunities to pursue research projects. Our psychology majors regularly engage in original research and present their findings at local, regional and national conferences.

Internships & Career Opportunities

Iona’s location just 20 miles north of midtown Manhattan provides you with many opportunities, whether locally in New Rochelle, N.Y. or in the city itself. It’s quite common for our students to be hired by organizations in the New York metropolitan area after completing psychology internships at sites such as:

  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Schools
  • Rehab Facilities
  • Human Resource Departments
  • Research Companies
Holly DeRosa

I was really grateful for Iona’s multidisciplinary approach to psychology, as it ultimately allowed me to explore other parts of the field that I didn’t know were even available to me.

Holly DeRosa ’18, '19MA
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Careers & Outcomes

Take your background in research and understanding down any path you desire. From helping others through therapy to studying how humans operate and think, there are a number of opportunities to get involved in the field of Psychology. 

After majoring in psychology at Iona, our graduates have gained admission to prestigious degree programs – MA, Ph.D., PsyD – at such renowned institutions as:

  • Boston University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Rutgers University
  • Pace University
  • Iona College

After the completion of their Bachelor’s in Psychology, Iona graduates have worked at:

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Learn more about Iona’s Psychology major!

Iona College’s Bachelor’s in Psychology provides you with career-ready skills and a foundational understanding of human behavior and mental health. With unique research opportunities and supportive faculty dedicated to student success, you will be equipped for a variety of psychology career roles from clinical researcher to practitioner positions.

Learn more about earning your BA in Psychology at Iona, visit our beautiful campus or apply now.