The Study of Behavior

Psychology majors use science to better understand why people behave the way they do — and they use that understanding to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals.


As a Psychology major, you’ll take courses investigating areas of human behavior, such as cognitive, social, clinical and well-being. You will also be able to enroll in classes in other disciplines that interest you — from the visual and performing arts to business and law. You may choose to build your professional network and your resume through an internship, research experience or both!

Transfer-Friendly and Evening Options

Russell Sage College offers an evening B.S. in Psychology program for working adults — it’s the only evening program in Psychology in the Capital Region. We also maintain several articulation agreements with local community colleges to help you maximize your transferable credits.


Our faculty are experienced practitioners and scientists — but you will find that they are supportive teachers, first. They will guide you in a basic understanding of psychological principles, and introduce you to their areas of expertise:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Cognition and memory
  • Close relationships
  • Counseling and positive psychology
  • Biopsychology and evolutionary psychology
  • Statistical analysis/research design
  • Community psychology
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Multicultural, diversity and indigenous issues
  • Environmental concerns

“What I particularly like about our Psychology program here at Sage is it offers a breadth of experience for students.”

Patricia O’Connor, Professor and Chair of Psychology

Spotlights Pattern

Your Future

Psychology majors are prepared for work or graduate study in diverse fields.

Careers with a Psychology Degree

A Bachelor of Science in Psychology will prepare you for rewarding and meaningful work that helps individuals and serves the community.  Psychology majors go on to become mental health counselors, social workers, occupational and physical therapists or addiction specialists. Others work in health care, administration, government, education, business or law.

Graduate Studies

The Master of Arts in Counseling and Community Psychology program at Russell Sage College is the next step for  Psychology majors who want to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

We also offer a Master of Arts in Community Psychology program that is focused on social change and social justice.

Our B.S. in Psychology is also excellent preparation for Russell Sage College’s Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Russell Sage College’s M.S. in Occupational Therapy

Learning Experience

You’ll develop an understanding of basic psychological principles and perspectives and explore specialized areas of Psychology. You may also decide to pursue an internship and/or your own research project.

Research & Internships

Psychology majors have recently interned at area human service agencies, in the guidance offices of local schools and even the marketing department of a brewery.


If you are considering a graduate program, we encourage you to propose and conduct honors research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Our students have presented their original research at national and regional conferences and Russell Sage College’s Undergraduate Research Day.

Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology curriculum includes core coursework focused on basic psychological principles and opportunities to explore the breadth of the field — or hone in on a specific area of interest — via elective classes, internships and research. You will be ready for work or graduate study in diverse fields.

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