General Psychology


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Psychology is the study of human mind and behavior. A general psychology major is the best choice if you wish to sample many areas within the psychology discipline. This major will allow you to tailor coursework and research to your specific interests. Like the more specialized psychology majors, it is an excellent option if you are considering graduate school after completing your undergraduate degree.


General Psychology (B.A.)


General Psychology


A Great Fit For

  • Acute problem-solvers who are adaptive and analytical.
  • Active listeners who would like to use their professional knowledge to help people.
  • Individuals who are interested in working with people.
  • Individuals interested in research-based practices and monitoring progress.
  • Anyone who wants insight into human behavior.



Morningside is nearly unmatched in its ability to provide you with an internship placement. Internships provide you with a chance to combine your knowledge and skills with projects that will help you grow and prepare for your career or graduate school.


You will have the opportunity to travel regionally, nationally, and even internationally for professional conferences, industry field trips, or May Term courses. Travel grants and special scholarship eligibility may be available.

Research & Active Learning

Research is at the core of Morningside’s psychology curriculum. From the very start of your student experience, you will have the opportunity to engage in research that allows you to understand the fundamentals as well as explore topics that interest you.



This course is an introductory overview of the field of psychology which includes discussion of research methodology, brain and behavior, sensation perception, states of consciousness, learning and memory, personality, abnormal behavior, and social psychology.


This course is concerned with career development, professional skills in psychology, writing in the discipline, graduate school, and ethics within psychology.


This research course stresses student involvement in all phases of simple human experimentation. Experiments are designed, conducted, analyzed, and reported.


This course examines how psychology has been influenced by historical events, philosophical movements, and social/cultural trends. Students will gain an understanding not only of the history of psychology, but also the subtle differences between the schools of psychology.


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Jack Hill


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Jessica Pleuss

Jessica Pleuss

Associate Professor

Watching students develop from their first day on campus through to their senior year is a real privilege, and knowing I have a small part to play in that transformation is incredibly rewarding.

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Jessica LaPaglia

Jessica LaPaglia

Associate Professor

I love the people at Morningside. Interacting with students and colleagues is always a highlight of my day.

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Shannon Claxton

Shannon Claxton

Associate Professor

I love working at Morningside because the small class sizes create a dynamic and engaging learning environment where I can connect with each student on a personal level. I also love having the opportunity to collaborate with psychology honors students on their own research projects.

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Still looking for the right fit? Here are some additional program options that we think might interest you or are often paired with this program. You can also view the programs page to keep exploring your options.


Counseling Psychology

Developmental Psychology

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student/faculty ratio so you’re assured a quality education focused on you


employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation


majors & pre-professional programs available


Many students who graduate from Morningside with an undergraduate degree in psychology choose to pursue graduate school. A few programs that graduates have recently been accepted to include: neuroscience at the University of Nebraska, community counseling at Wichita State University, social work at the University of Denver, and school psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. Individuals who use their undergraduate degree to continue on to graduate school and earn a degree will find a wide variety of job roles available. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 14% job growth for Psychologists, with an even faster rate of growth in related fields like social work (16%), and various types of counseling (23%). 

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