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."

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.

World-Class Opportunities

Collaborate in leading-edge research related to deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Contribute to Gallaudet's peer-reviewed Chronicles of Psychology journal, or present your research at the Psi Chi 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. 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 innovative faculty has developed courses such as Psychology of Disability, Positive Psychology, and Psychology of Deaf People.

Core faculty: Dennis Galvan, Daniel Koo, Poorna Kushalnagar, Deborah McCaw, Raylene Paludneviciene, Caroline Pezzarossi, Deborah Schooler 

For more information: Email Dr. Daniel Koo, Undergraduate Psychology Program Director, or call (VP) 202-688-0489 / (V) 202-651-5540.

Keep reading to learn more about the B.A. Program in Psychology and career outcomes.


Accreditations

American Psychological Association (Clinical Psychology Program)

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

National Association of School Psychologists (School Psychology Program)

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. Many students continue in the Gallaudet graduate programs in Clinical Psychology and School Psychology

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.