Psychology
Bachelor of Arts

Representatives from the Embassy of Ecuador came to campus when psychology major Natalie Delgado, ’13, presented her Honors Capstone project, “The Unheard Needs of the Deaf in Ecuador.” She went on to earn a master’s degree from Lamar University and currently is a teacher with the Dallas Independent School District.

Natalie says, “Gallaudet gave me freedom in an environment where communication flows freely and easily. I am a completely different person because of Gallaudet.”

World-Class Opportunities

Collaborate in leading-edge research related to deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Contribute to Gallaudet’s peer-reviewed psychology journalor present your research at the regional conference we sponsor.

In our psychology program, you will gain research experience, critical and analytical thinking skills and an understanding of behavior and diversity that you can tailor to a variety of career objectives. Our innovative faculty has developed courses such as Psychology of Disability, Positive Psychology and Psychology of Deaf People, a course you will find only at Gallaudet.

All students participate in at least one internship. You can also choose our psychology honors option, which includes an independent research project with a faculty supervisor.

Our graduates hold positions in community service, program administration and education. Many pursue graduate study to become school psychologists, therapists, research scientists and mental health administrators.

See list of all Gallaudet majors.

Keep reading to learn more about the psychology program and career outcomes.

Accreditations

American Psychological Association (graduate program)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Learn more about the Department of Psychology.

Courses and Degree Requirements
Internships

All students must complete at least one internship for career exploration and job experience. Faculty help students connect with the many opportunities in the nation’s capital.

You may also work with Gallaudet’s internationally recognized team in the Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging. Interns can become certified in operating functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) neuroimaging.

Career Outcomes

Within one year of graduation, all of Gallaudet’s recent psychology majors are employed or in graduate school. Learn more about alumni of the Department of Psychology.

Training and Job Outlook

Psychology careers include community service, program administration and counseling, among others. Most community service managers must have at least a bachelor’s degree and some work experience. Employment is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

School psychologists need an advanced degree such as a Psy.S. and certification. Clinical, counseling and research psychologists generally need a doctoral degree.  Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 12 percent during this period, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Learn more about career opportunities for community service managers and psychologists.

Psi Chi Honor Society

Gallaudet’s chapter of the Psi Chi international psychology honor society offers exciting opportunities such as a regional research conference.