Psychology Major

Transylvania University’s psychology major allows you to apply your understanding of human behavior to careers in a variety of settings—clinics and hospitals, K-12 schools and universities, corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations. It encourages students to critically evaluate empirical and theoretical perspectives regarding the nature of the mind and of behavior. Our location in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky, provides many opportunities for careers and internships and collaboration with professionals in laboratory, clinical and non-profit settings.

Melissa Fortner

We are proud of our psychology students’ growth in their abilities to think and write critically and to understand complex ideas. Psychology alums often report that they feel better prepared for graduate school than their fellow graduate students.

Melissa Fortner,
associate professor of psychology

Psychology is one of the many academic disciplines that pursue questions about what makes us human. Students will develop the tools needed to pursue scientific scholarship in the field of psychology while getting opportunities to deepen their problem-solving, communication and critical thinking skills as their studies in psychology intersect with other academic areas.

Transylvania has a dynamic group of faculty representing the major sub-disciplines in psychology, allowing students broad exploration and knowledge in the field, which is experience that employers and graduate schools value. Our program encourages students to critically evaluate empirical and theoretical perspectives regarding the nature of the mind and of behavior.

A student with a laptop


Mark Jackson,
Associate Professor of Psychology; Program Director

(859) 233-8189

Hazelrigg Building
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY 40508-1797

Download the Psychology Brochure

Child advocate
Client services manager
College professor
Director of adult day care center
Human resources assistant
Mental health specialist
Project manager
Research technician
School psychologist
Statistical analyst
Arizona State University
Boston University
Indiana University
Purdue University
University of Denver
University of Massachusetts
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Art therapist
Clinical or counseling psychologist
College professor
Genetic counselor
Industrial/Organizational psychologist
Nurse practitioner
Public health administrator
Social worker
The Ridge Behavioral Health System
The Nest
Anchor Behavioral Counseling
Arbor Youth Services
Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington Fayette-Urban County Government Family Care Center
UK - Kentucky Neuroscience
Baptist Health Lexington
Marshall Pediatric Therapy
Eastern State Hospital
UK Human Resource Dept.
Behavioral Pharmacology
Cognitive Neuroscience
Health Psychology
Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence
Motivation and Emotion
Psychology of Gender
Theories of Psychotherapy
Czech Republic
New Zealand
South Korea

These GlobalTransy programs have at least three courses related to the major.

Interested in studying abroad for a summer? Take a look at our summer study abroad opportunities.

Research assistantships for course credit
Conduct original research for course credit
Psi Chi (national honor society in psychology)
Kentucky Psychological Association
Psychology Club