Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology

The Psychology program develops a balanced appreciation for the discipline as a science (which seeks to discover general principles of human experience and behavior), and as an art (which effectively applies these principles to the unique individual).  The Program aims to provide information, activities, and demonstrations that provide the motivation and thinking tools to explore the interface between the mind and a person's body, values, family, and culture.  

What can I do with this major?

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Mental Health Services


Community Relations

Case Management

Non-Profit Sector

Stepping Point for Graduate School


Program Highlights

  • Internships
  • Introduction to both Human Service Fields of Psychology and Social Work
  • Quality instructors with experiential work background
  • Ability to pursue additional course work to gain license as a Certified Social Worker
  • Two formats, traditional delivery and adult accelerated delivery, are available to complete the program

Student Testimonial

"The Psychology Department at Silver Lake College has been essential in my professional and academic development. Through analytical and critical thinking skills emphasized across the curriculum I was well prepared to succeed on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and was able to gain entrance into a top 20 law school. The emphasis on practical application connected theory to everyday skills, something which will be essential as an attorney." - Craig, Class of 2014.


Valerie Grissom 
Psychology/Family Services 

Grissom has over 15 years of teaching experience.  Grissom emphasizes practical application in the coursework of Social Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Lifespan Development, Introduction to Family Studies, Adolescent Psychology and Coummunity Psychology and Service.  Grissom encourages students to develop compassion and professionalism through classroom discussion and emphasizes the importance of internships for application of content knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.  Grissom is a member of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and the National Council for the Social Studies:  Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life (NCSS).  Grissom also facilitates the Psychology Film Series at the college allowing students to continue discussion outside the classroom on current social and psychological topics.

Elizabeth DenDekker 
Psychology/Family Services/Social Work Certificate 


DenDekker has over a decade of experience working in the human services sector and draws upon these experiences to bridge theory and practice.  This comes very naturally to DenDekker as she also has 15 years of experience working in higher education with primary focus on engaged learning.  She teaches in the psychology major, family services minor, and social work training certificate.  DenDekker is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker and oversees the Social Work Training Certificate preparation program. DenDekker is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.


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