Psychology is an ever-evolving field of science that touches every aspect of our lives.

Psychologists work in laboratory and non-laboratory settings, finding answers to complex personal and societal issues, using their research to improve lives, and helping individuals and groups overcome challenges and improve performance. Psychologists work to understand what makes us tick and why we behave the way we do. Why do babies laugh? Why do people become addicted to drugs or alcohol? How can we psychology be used to help people change negative behaviors into positive ones?

The psychology curriculum at Northern Vermont University-Johnson is comprehensive and thorough. Our faculty push you to question contentious issues in psychology and explore the psychological aspects of everything from the Civil War to gender to aging.

Research and internship opportunities abound in this program. You might work with at-risk children at a local family center, conduct assessments under the supervision of a professional counselor or social worker, or even serve as a research assistant in Professor Gina Mireault’s internationally recognized “laughing babies” study.

What makes the psychology program at NVU-Johnson unique?

  • As a student in NVU-Johnson's psychology program, you can concentrate in health and sport psychology to apply your psychology knowledge to medical and athletic settings.
  • You'll complete an internship before graduating. Despite our rural location, NVU-Johnson is affiliated with over 300 internship sites which means you'll find an internship that fits your professional interests. Over 60% of our interns are offered jobs directly from their internship sites.
  • You can enroll in courses offered by our NVU Online program in psychology, an option that is particularly helpful in the summer, and complete your degree in less time for less money.
  • NVU-Johnson psychology students have the opportunity to engage in academic research alongside full-time faculty members. Current projects are investigating stereotyping and stigma (Dr. Leslie Johnson) and infant psychological development (Dr. Gina Mireault).
  • The NVU-Johnson psychology curriculum follows the recommendations of the American Psychological Association. Students study the mainstream, cutting edge psychology offered at major universities around the world in our intimate classrooms set in the heart of the Green Mountains.


Minor in Psychology

You'll accumulate 24 credits in behavioral science topics, including introductory, abnormal, social and developmental psychology.


A degree in psychology from NVU-Johnson has taken our graduates down many career paths, from school counseling and private therapy, research and medicine, to education and consulting, to human resources and business and nonprofit development.

Types of Employers

  • Community mental health centers
  • Senior citizens’ centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Social service/nonprofit organizations
  • Hospitals/healthcare providers
  • Wellness and fitness centers
  • College and university counseling,career and wellness centers
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Testing centers
  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Market research firms
  • Staffing and employment services
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Real estate companies
  • Property management firms
  • Public relations departments

Related Occupations

  • Counselor
  • Coach
  • Psychologist
  • Teacher or instructor
  • Art therapist
  • Music therapist
  • Dance therapist
  • Crisis worker
  • Social worker
  • Police officer
  • Mental health worker
  • Applied behavior analyst
  • Human resources specialist
  • Researcher
  • Advocate