Psychology is the most popular major in the College of Arts and Letters at UToledo.
Psychology involves the study of the brain and behavior and how they influence one another — in humans and other animals. Faculty in UToledo’s Department of Psychology has expertise in a broad array of areas, from clinical and developmental psychology to social and cognitive psychology to psychobiology and learning.
The undergraduate program in psychology at The University of Toledo focuses on critical thinking and research. Psychology students learn to take a scientific approach to understanding behavior and a problem-solving approach to everyday situations.
These skills prepare you for advanced graduate or professional training and a successful career in one of many disciplines, from specialized areas in psychology to philosophy, law, business, medicine and more.
A leader in the field. UToledo’s Department of Psychology is a leader in health psychology and integrated behavioral health care. Faculty in the Department of Psychology collaborates with the:
Research opportunities. Research is key to UToledo’s psychology curriculum. UToledo psychology faculty and students work in advanced research labs. Competitive research assistantships allow you to work with faculty members while fulfilling the advanced course requirements.
Psychology students have the opportunity to:
Externships. UToledo’s psychology bachelor’s degree students earn credit and gain valuable experience while working in the community at sites such as schools and correction centers.
Learn outside the classroom.
Student activities. UToledo hosts a local chapter of Psi Chi, an international honors society in psychology. Qualified undergraduate students can participate in regional and national conventions, community service such as tutoring, and the student awards and grants program.
A bachelor's degree in psychology from The University of Toledo will prepare you for graduate school or a career in industry, business or government. Visit the psychology department's Undergrad Resources page for more information.
"To be completely honest, I never had an intention to major in psychology. I was passionate about science, and was under the impression that psychology was more of a humanity than a science. My freshman year, I took Introduction to Psychology as an elective requirement, and it made me realize what the science of psychology entails. I realized that psychology was applicable to almost any career, especially for people interested in the medical field. Physicians assume responsibility for ‘convincing’ their patients to live a healthy lifestyle. Understanding principles and barriers of behavior change is essential to providing effective treatment and counseling."
BA, BS '17
"I was very well prepared and had a good foundation of knowledge needed for my graduate studies in medical school. I also had the opportunity to participate in clinical psychology research. In the Health Psychology Lab, I gained valuable research experience by performing experiments, collecting and analyzing data and discussing topics with my peers. Overall, I believe that my psychology studies at UToledo have been very beneficial. I would consider myself to have a more balanced knowledge base because of the broad biopsychosocial model I was exposed to, which has increasing value in medical training."
UToledo psychology majors receive a well-rounded, liberal arts education. They are introduced to all major areas of study, including clinical, cognitive, developmental and social psychology and psychobiology.
Externships permit credit for service learning in community-based settings such as schools, correction centers and clinics.