Psychology – Bachelor of Arts Degree


Is the glass of water half full or half empty? Are men and women really from two different planets? How much does a person’s environment affect his or her behavior?

The Nicholls psychology program helps students delve into the human psyche to explore what makes individuals both unique and alike.The program is designed to provide a strong foundation for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in psychology or related areas upon graduation or to provide a strong liberal arts education that can be applied in a variety of fields.

Courses, which combine lectures and hands-on experiments in campus laboratories, focus on psychological knowledge, skills and research. Students learn about the development and structure of personalities, disorders associated with the nervous systems and their effects on behavior as well as diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior. The curriculum also focuses on research design and methods related to human and animal behavior, career planning and psychological testing for intelligence, attitude, achievement and personality.

Graduating seniors are required to present a senior research project and pass local and national examinations.


Program Structure

Degree Requirements

Degree Plan (PDF)


Program Requirements:

  • A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 101, 102; MATH 101, and all psychology courses used to fulfill requirements of the major. The structure of the program leading to a bachelor’s degree in Psychology is hierarchical i.e., many of the required courses are sequenced and must be completed in the appropriate order.
  • PSYC 401 must be completed at Nicholls State University. Each student majoring in psychology must complete requirements for a minor in another field. This minor must be selected from those described in the university Catalog; the minor may not be selected from any area of teacher education.
  • Students who are not majoring in Psychology may complete a minor in the field by earning 21 semester hours of credit as follows: PSYC 101; 204 or 211; 208 or 301 or 302 or 402, and 12 hours of electives in Psychology. A minimum grade of C is required in each course for a minor.

Job Opportunities:

Psychology Undergraduate Job Opportunities:

  • Case Manager in medical or human services facilities – and related
  • Child Services Worker – and related
  • Community Service Counselor – and related
  • Mental Health Technician – and related
  • Customer Relations/ Management – and related
  • Human Relations Assistant – and related

Psychology Graduate Job Opportunities:

  • LPC – Licensed Practical Counselor
  • Human Services
    • Community Mental Health Centers
    • State Psychiatric hospitals
    • Facilities for mentally impaired
  • Community Relations
    • Local branches of national non-profit organizations
  • Public Relations
    • Research
    • Public Speaking

Program Advisors

Dr. Gary Rosenthal
216 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4371 or 448.4358

Dr. Denis Soignier
280 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4359