Majoring in Psychology is an exciting and meaningful life experience. Our program’s small size creates opportunities to work closely with department faculty, including practicing psychologists, acclaimed teachers, and researchers.

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Psychology – the scientific study of the mind and behavior – is a dynamic and multifaceted field. During your undergraduate years you will learn the foundations of psychological science, involve yourself in the discipline by working within the field, design and carry out your own research, and attend national or regional professional conferences.

The Psychology program provides a comprehensive foundation in the psychological sciences, inclusive of theory, research, and practice, in an atmosphere that models mutual respect and encourages individual challenge.

In addition to the fundamental core curriculum, there are two components which make the Dominican psychology curriculum distinctive: first-hand experience in the field and the selection of a personal research focus through the field placement requirement and senior research project.


Three minors exist within Psychology: General Psychology (for non-majors only), Clinical and Counseling Science, and Cognitive and Experimental Science. The focused minors are for students wishing to deepen their study of psychology within two prominent areas of the discipline.

Career Paths

Our graduates are skilled in interpersonal communication, research, and understanding human behavior across the lifespan. Graduates are typically involved in careers in clinical/counseling psychology, research/statistics, medicine/law, human services/the non-profit sector and in business/organizational psychology.

Degrees Offered

BA, BS, Minor

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. For most students there is no application fee and we don't ask for test scores. We're also proud to say that more than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive financial aid, which makes paying for school within reach.

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Faculty & Staff

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Matthew S. Davis

Adjunct Professor
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Veronica Fruiht, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology
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Afshin Gharib, PhD

Professor of Psychology
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William L. Phillips, PhD

Professor of Psychology
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Benjamin D. Rosenberg, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Ari Adduci

Administrative Coordinator
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Barndeep Zenda

Adjunct Professor
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Rosalie Chen

Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Bryan Long

Adjunct Instructor
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Deborah Munch

Adjunct Instructor

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