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Welcome to the Psychology Department!

If you’re like most people, you’ve looked at the world around you and wondered what exactly makes human beings tick. Psychology is the scientific study of the brain, mind, and behavior. Psychologists use the scientific method to answer a host of questions like: Why are drugs and alcohol so addictive? Can our genes determine how intelligent we are, whether we will develop schizophrenia, or even how we’ll vote in the next presidential election? What’s going on in the brain when we sleep and dream?

Major, Minor, and Interdisciplinary Majors:

Students can major in Psychology, minor in Psychology, or major in one of two interdisciplinary majors: Biology-Psychology or Psychology-Sociology.

Overview of the major:

Psychology majors obtain a strong foundation in statistics and research methods as well as the following areas: biological, cognitive, learning, social, developmental, and clinical psychology. See the college catalog for the most up-to-date information on requirements for the major.

Click on any of the links to the left to learn more about the Psychology Department.

To contact the BSC Department of Psychology, please write or email:

Department Chair: Dr. Shane Pitts
Department of Psychology
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road / Box 549022
Birmingham, Alabama 35254-9021