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Psychology, B.A. (Madrid)

Psychology is the science of human behavior, encompassing a wide range of methods and topics, from brain function to cultural influences.

The SLU-Madrid psychology program offers a four-year comprehensive foundation in the science of psychology, in an international environment that promotes both intercultural experience and understanding. The program provides substantial and viable opportunities for students to become fluent in both Spanish and English through academic study, immersion experiences, bilingual clinical practica at local facilities and other cultural experiences.

Psychology at SLU-Madrid

Major in Psychology

As a psychology major at SLU-Madrid, you will be part of a strong liberal arts program that prepares students for careers and graduate school in psychology, as well as other disciplines. SLU-Madrid psychology majors benefit from small class sizes, close mentoring by faculty, and a unique multilingual and multicultural focus in all courses.

Highlighted Courses

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is a 120 credit hour program that requires 31 credit hours of psychology coursework. These must include:

  • PSY 1010: General Psychology
  • PSY 2050: Foundations of Research Methods and Statistics (four credit hours)
  • Four upper-division psychology courses; including at least one course from each of the following topic areas (12 credit hours):
    • Cognitive neuroscience: PSY 3100-3190, PSY 4100-4190,  and 4710 topical seminars
    • Developmental psychology: PSY 3200-3290, PSY 4200-4290, and 4720 topical seminars
    • Social/personality psychology: PSY 3300-3390, PSY 4300-4390, and 4750 topical seminars
    • Applied psychology: PSY 3400-3490, PSY 4400-4490, and 4730 topical seminars
  • One capstone course selected from the following (three credit hours):
    • PSY 4965: Capstone Practicum
    • PSY 4969: Critical Thinking about Psychology
  • Electives: 3000 or 4000-level psychology course (nine credit hours)
Internships and Careers

Psychology graduates work in a wide variety of contexts, including clinical, legal, organizational, educational and research settings in both the private and public sector. They can also pursue graduate studies in specific professional areas, such as clinical, counseling, forensic, experimental and industrial-organizational psychology. In addition, a degree in psychology prepares students for careers in fields such as health care, human resources, education, law and business.


With degrees from around the world, our psychology faculty make the classroom experience unique with their diverse backgrounds, knowledge, expertise and dedication.

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40 percent lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
Scholarships and Financial Aid


To be admitted to the psychology major, you’ll be required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in PSY 1010: General Psychology, as well as earn a one semester GPA at Saint Louis University of at least 2.0.

You’ll also be required to complete an application for the psychology major in the Office of the Registrar. The application and your academic record will then submitted to the Department of Psychology. Upon acceptance, you’ll be assigned a departmental advisor.

Minor in Psychology

The minor in psychology requires 18 hours of coursework. Included in that requirement is PSY 1010: General Psychology, which students must complete with a “C” or better.

Beyond that, students must take one additional 3000- or 4000-level course, as well as one course from each of the following areas:

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social/personality psychology
  • Applied psychology

Psychology in the real world

Take Part in a Practicum Experience

Students majoring in psychology put their knowledge and language skills into practice in the workplace as part of a practicum experience. Whether shadowing a clinical psychologist, taking part in brain activation research using a Magnetoencephalography (MEG) machine or helping conduct group psychotherapy sessions, practicum students gain valuable hands-on experience, acquire practical skills and learn to relate academic material in a professional environment.