Explore human and animal behavior

Personal attention, hands-on learning set our psychology major apart

Why do siblings often turn out so different? Do pets reduce stress in their owners? What is it that makes us attracted to one person but not another? Whatever questions bring you to Eckerd College for a psychology degree, you’ll be glad you came. We combine hands-on learning, liberal arts classes and daily interaction with Ph.D. professors to teach you skills you simply won’t get at other schools.


Personal attention

Your personal faculty mentor will help plan your course schedules, decide on a career path and get the out-of-class experiences that will get you where you want to go. Want to do research? Your mentor can set you up.

Real-world experience

Students often co-author papers with their Eckerd professors, presenting them at psychological conferences and publishing them in psychological journals. Internships allow you to apply classroom learning to real-world settings.

Psychology major Hunter Ballak-Leggett ’16

In Their Own Words

“Eckerd is the absolute best learning environment. I’m thankful for my mentor every day; she is my inspiration to be the best I can be! Not only are you finding the best faculty out there, but who can resist the sun, sand and saltwater that’s literally minutes out your back door? That’s right, there’s a private stretch of beach on campus. Plus, when you leave home you may be leaving pets too, but not at Eckerd. We boast one of the oldest and most successful Pets-in-Residence programs in the country—complete with dog park! And who can say no to free kayak, paddleboard and other watercraft rentals during the year? There are so many aspects to the Eckerd experience—from the waterfront, to the beautiful scenery, to the world-class faculty and everything in between, Eckerd is home to all things wonderful and unique. Take a tour and explore what college should be like. Let Eckerd change your life in the best way possible. We can’t wait to see you!”
–Hunter Ballak ’16
Psychology Research Assistant, Waterfront Student Marketing Coordinator, Pet Life Assistant Director

Beyond the Classroom

Whether you intern in the Autism Center at All Children’s Hospital or with the Public Defenders who work with the homeless, an internship opens doors to grad school and jobs.

Work side-by-side with Ph.D. professors to do research in Florida at Busch Gardens, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Big Cat Rescue.

Sign up for one of our Alternative Spring Break service trips to orphanages, missions and communities in need in Ecuador, Panama, Puerto Rico and closer to home.

Service Pics on Flickr

We offer three-week Winter Term courses like “London: Mental Health, Culture and Art” in various international locations every year.

Study Abroad Pics on Flickr

Popular classes

Psychology of Male/Female Relations

This class looks at the challenges of intimate male/female relationships, from attraction to relationship skills.

Abnormal Psychology

Examines thoughts and behaviors that deviate from the social norms.


  • Learn about research and statistics in state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with the latest computer software.
  • Use our five-room psychology lab to conduct research of all kinds, including studies using two-way mirror observational suites.
  • Study animal behavior in our Comparative Psychology Lab or how people think, learn, remember and forget in our Cognition and Memory Lab.
Student studying elephant at Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park

What can I do with a psychology degree?

  • Animal trainer
  • Applied behavior analyst
  • Caseworker
  • Conservation psychologist
  • Couples and families therapist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Mental health counselor
  • Researcher
  • School counselor
  • Sports psychologist
  • Teacher

*Some require graduate study

Where our psychology majors go to graduate school

  • American University
  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University