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Welcome to Psychology!

The Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers undergraduate work leading to the B.A. degree in psychology.  The curriculum ensures exposure to the breadth of experimental and applied psychology, while also allowing flexibility in choosing courses that fit students’ unique interests. In addition to standard coursework, students may also earn credit toward the degree from hands-on experience doing research with faculty members or volunteering in local community agencies.

Why should you consider a major in psychology?

Psychology is one of the most popular majors, both at UTK and nationally. Why? Because psychology is:

  • Fascinating – psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. What could be more interesting than understanding aggression, prejudice, attraction, memory, diversity, learning, development, motivation, emotion, mental illness, personality, and so on?
  • Relevant – because psychology covers the breadth and diversity of behavior and experience, you are certain to learn things you can apply to yourself, your relationships, and your work.
  • Useful – this psychological knowledge, combined with the skills you obtain in scientific inquiry and critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication make the psychology major one of the most versatile.
    • With a BA in psychology, you can enter careers in education, law enforcement, public relations, advertising, human services, research, and many more.
    • Students with a BA in psychology also go on to medical school, law school, or graduate school in psychology, counseling, education, or social work.
    • The University of Tennessee Center for Career Development provides links to several web pages which discuss career options for psychology majors who are interested in a career in psychology or a related field.
    • For a more information, you can also visit the American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science. If you are interested in graduate school, the UTK Psi Chi website also has links to helpful resources.

For More Information

The psychology undergraduate program has offices in Austin Peay 307.  The suite includes Sandy Thomas (AP 307A), who is our point person for registration issues (adds/drops) and most other paperwork related to the major.  

For questions about the psychology curriculum, as well as planning for internships, study abroad, or laboratory credit, our departmental advising coordinator, Ashleigh Powers (AP 307C), and her staff of graduate assistants are available by appointment.  Log into GradesFirst via MyUTK to schedule an appointment with Ashleigh or her GTA. The Psychology Advising Center also hosts walk-in hours every Friday when school is in session from 9:00am-1pm.  Feel free to stop by and meet with an advisor during these hours.  

Dr. Erin Hardin, Director of Undergraduate Studies, is available to meet with students with specialized curricular interests.  She meets regularly with students pursuing the honors program and also works with our internship students and students interested in advanced graduate education.  Contact Sandy ( to schedule a meeting with Dr. Hardin.

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