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Mary Iellamo '18

“Learning how to step into someone else’s shoes has definitely expanded my ability to relate to other people. It’s also strengthened my feelings of empathy. I hope to continue to use that lens when I’m working as a mental health professional.”

Working as a hospital psychiatric technician, Mary combined insights from her studies in psychology and English literature to lead patient discussion groups. She is continuing her studies in the doctorate of counseling psychology program at Springfield College in fall 2018.

Study the Science of Behavior, Emotion, and Thought

Psychology answers questions about why and how we think, feel, and behave the way we do. This is an exciting time for psychological science, because it is expanding and intersecting with other disciplines like neuroscience, health sciences, business, marketing, and more. At Elms College, psychology majors take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of psychology that strengthens their understanding of the individual — and presents new opportunities to examine diverse and complex issues.

Our program is designed to prepare you for graduate study or work in a variety of settings. Employers want to hire people who can problem-solve, communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and have basic research and analytical skills. Psychology majors are in demand in many fields, including:

  • Human resources
  • Advertising
  • Market research
  • Customer service
  • Social service
  • Education
  • Law enforcement
  • Counseling

One-third of our alumni continue their training in graduate school. Another third are employed in mental-health agencies, correctional facilities, schools, and hospitals. The final one-third work in nonprofit organizations, legal settings, and in private industry.

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Major and Minor

  • Small class size
  • Dedicated faculty
  • Individualized internship opportunities
  • Independent research study opportunities
  • Specialized courses for working with children
  • Excellent preparation for graduate school or work
  • Gain practical field experience

Click to view course requirements for the major in Psychology (B.A.).

Minimum at Elms College: 18 credits/Minimum GPA: 2.5

The major in Psychology requires 33 credits and a least one course taken in each area: Experimental, Clinical, and Developmental.

Major Requirements (33 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
PSY 1001PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 2002PSY 202Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences3
PSY 2100PSY 210Experimental Psychology3
PSY 3002PSY 302History and Systems3
PSY 3205PSY 325Personality Theory3
PSY 4001PSY 401Psychology Seminar3
CORE Electives: Five Courses (15 credits)


Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
PSY 2006PSY 206Social Psychology3
PSY 3007PSY 307Psychological Testing3
PSY 3008PSY 308Cognitive Psychology3


Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
PSY 2101PSY 211Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy3
PSY 3004PSY 304Forensic Psychology3
PSY 3103PSY 313Psychology of Behavioral Management3
PSY 4003PSY 403Supervised Field Experience in Psychology3
SOC 2009SOC 209Social Deviance3
SWK 3003SWK 303Mental Health and Mental Illness3


Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
PSY 2104PSY 214Children’s Learning and Development3
PSY 3006PSY 306Educational Psychology3
PSY 3305PSY 335Psychology of Adolescence3
SWK 2004SWK 204Human Behavior in the Social Environment3

Click to view course requirements for the minor in Psychology.

Minimum at Elms College: 15 credits/Minimum GPA: 2.5

Minor Requirements (18 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
PSY 1001PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 2002PSY 202Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (may substitute PSY 2100 Experimental Psychology)3
PSY 2100PSY 210Experimental Psychology (may substitute PSY 2002 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences)3
PSY 3002PSY 302History and Systems3
Three CORE Electives (One each from experimental, clinical, and developmental clusters) (9 credits)3

Pablo Ortiz '20

Photo of Pablo Ortiz '20As a psychology major and criminal justice minor, Pablo Ortiz ’20 sees himself pursuing a career in corrections or counseling after graduating. The Newington, CT, local said that he was drawn to psychology because he has always been curious about the inner workings of the mind.

“What originally fascinated me was learning about the brain, how it works, and how people’s minds develop as they grow older,” he said. “I’m interested in how even the tiniest of things can affect something in the end, kind of like the butterfly effect. A small ripple can make a huge change in the future.”

Curiosity aside, Pablo also chose to major in psychology because it’s a versatile degree to have on the job market.

“You can do so many different things with a psychology degree, it doesn’t have to be strictly counseling or therapy,” he explained. “You could work at a school with students, for example, and shape the future of our society by helping kids learn.”