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Studying behavior, the brain and the mind

Department of Psychology

About the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology at the University of St. Thomas offers you numerous opportunities for a vibrant, stimulating and deep engagement of the psychology field. Our program features over 30 unique courses that cover a wide breadth of knowledge in psychology, and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research throughout your time as an undergraduate student.

As a psychology student, you will do what psychologists do, and learn as psychologists learn. Whether you are working in a professor's lab or exploring human behavior and mental processes in the classroom, you will gain extensive first-hand psychology research experience throughout your time at St. Thomas. You will live the St. Thomas mission by thinking critically about behavior and thinking, applying this knowledge skillfully to advance the common good inside and outside of the classroom.

Prepared for the Future

The areas of specialization in psychology are as diverse as human behavior and mental experience. A major or minor in psychology offers you the flexibility to choose from a wide array of coursework that matches your interests.

Planning your future

Our program is flexible, so we recommend connecting with a faculty member in our department so we can ensure you stay on track to graduate.

Teaching and Research Themes

Our faculty come from a range of disciplines in the field of psychology, so our department integrates a number of perspectives into our curriculum and research.

Health and Wellness

Psychologists have a particular interest in understanding both mental and physical health, the mechanism underlying its maintenance and how to understand, encourage and attain it.

Social Work Major


Pressing environmental issues in our natural environment pose urgent questions for psychologists as they are ultimately products of human behavior.

Environmental Studies Major

Marriage and Family

The important role of family in a healthy, happy and productive society is undeniable and universal. We investigate human development and its relationship to the family system and dynamics.

Family Studies Major/Minor

Brain, Consciousness and Behavior

Understanding brain function and how it produces conscious experiences is the core of the field of psychology. We conduct research on sleep, vision, attention and memory in both animals and humans.

Neuroscience Major


As a psychology student, you will have numerous opportunities to become involved in research within your courses and as members of faculty research teams.

Students pose in front of their poster during the Undergraduate Research Poster Session.

Conference Opportunities

They do more than conduct impactful research. We send dozens of our majors to present research at local, regional and national conferences each year.

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Study Abroad

See another side of the world

Psychology majors can study abroad on nearly any continent. We have sent students to Denmark, Australia, South Korea, Ghana, Austria and many more. Study abroad allows you to learn about a new culture while completing graduation requirements.


Our faculty represent a diverse range of knowledge in the field of psychology. They will be both your teachers inside the classroom and your mentors outside of the classroom.

Headshot of Dr. Allison Jessee. 

Dr. Allison Jessee

Dr. Jessee is a developmental psychologist specializing in early childhood socioemotional development and family studies.

Dr. Allison Jessee
Headshot of Dr. Ryan Bremner.

Dr. Ryan Bremner

Dr. Bremner's research applies approaches from emotion regulation to problems of social cognition and judgment and decision-making.

Dr. Ryan Bremner
Headshot of Dr. Britain Scott.

Dr. Britain Scott

Dr. Scott is a social psychologist with particular interests in women's studies and psychology for sustainability.

Dr. Britain Scott

What's your mission?

Dr. Roxanne Prichard, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, gives a presentation on wellness in relation to sleep.

Career Paths

The work done by psychologists is as varied as human thinking and behavior itself. As a psychology student, you have a diverse array of industries for you to work, ranging from social work to marketing.

Career Resources

Get Involved

Our department features an active and vibrant community that has multiple ways for you to get involved.

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Educational Assistants

Educational Assistants help students with any questions they have, from studying for tests to statistics to research.

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Student Clubs

Our department is home to a number of clubs that you can get involved with throughout your time at St. Thomas.

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Nu Rho Psi Honors

St. Thomas is the second college in Minnesota to be home to a chapter of Nu Rho Psi, a national neuroscience honor society.

More about Nu Rho Psi

Contact Information

Questions? Feel free to contact us!

Tel: 651-962-5030
Toll Free: (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5030)
Email: psychology@stthomas.edu
Fax: 651-962-5051

Mailing Address

Department of Psychology
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
Mail JRC LL56
St. Paul, MN 55105

Campus Location

We are located on the lower level of the John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (Building #2 on the campus map).