Welcome to the Psychology Department!

Inaugural Study Abroad Program to Chengdu, China

On June 30, our first cohort of 14 students left for a four week trip to Chengdu, China, led by Drs. Jae Paik and Rita Rodriguez.  The students will be working with children in schools, facilitating a social and cultural exchange.  Follow thier adventure and read their stories at http://sfsupsychologystudyabroad.weebly.com

Psychology Graduation Ceremonies

The Psychology Department awarded 380 undergraduate and 56 graduate degrees during the 2016-2017 academic year. We hosted our annual Hooding Ceremonies on Thursday, May 25th in the Towers Conference Center, as well as the Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony on Friday, May 26th at the Nourse Theater.  These ceremonies were a chance for students to be recognized for their accomplishments in front of family, friends and peers.

More information about both ceremonies can be found on our Spring 2017 Ceremonies  page.

Major Requirements

The Core requirements consist of PSY 200, 303, 305GWAR, 371, 400 and 690. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all core classes and a grade of CR must be earned in 303 and 690. Courses 200, 305, 371 and 400 must be taken for a letter grade. There are three basic areas in which students must complete 6 units apiece, for a total of 18 units. Additionally, students must complete 9 units from upper division Psychology electives or from any basic areas.

Mandatory Advising

Students that need to fulfill the Mandatory Advising Requirement must complete the following:

  • Discuss your plans and address any questions you might have about the major with your advisor and obtain their signature.
  • Submit signed form to EP 301 for advising clearance.

Psychology Major Program Impaction

In July 2009, the California State University Chancellor's Office approved impaction status for the Psychology Department.  We declared impaction in order to better serve over 700 undergraduate majors by ensuring that they have seats in required courses, which will help them graduate in a timely manner.
Admission to the Psychology major is a selective and competitive process with attention given to GPA, financial need, first generation college student status, and completion of an Associate Degree for Transfer.   The Department, in consultation with the University Admissions Office, reviews admissions criteria on an annual basis.  The major can accomodate approximately 350-400 new students annually.  Applications for admission to the major are accepted annually between October 1 and November 30.
​Once admitted, the major can be completed in 2 years by students taking 15 units per semester and following an advisor approved roadmap.  Roughly half of our students take 12-14 units per semester with the remaining students split between those taking fewer than 12 units per semester and those students taking 15 or more units per semester.  Declaring impaction has improved  students’ time to graduation and has allowed us to lower our student to faculty ratio.  Faculty are committed to fostering engaged learning and academic success among our majors, and are more available for advising and mentoring with impaction.