Department of Psychology

Martin Luther King Hall, C-wing, Room 3104
Phone (323) 343-2250 | Fax (323) 343 -2281 |

Office Hours: MON - THU, 8:00am to 6:00pm and FRI, 8:00am to 5:00pm




The Department of Psychology offers programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Science degrees. A minor is also available for students who are majoring in other fields in which a knowledge of psychology would be beneficial.

Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior of both humans and animals. Some psychologists are primarily concerned with learning more about human behavior through scientific methods; others are concerned with the application of psychological principles, as in psychotherapy, applied behavior analysis, and industrial psychology.

Important Notice: Program Impaction

The Psychology major has been declared an impacted program. Effective Fall 2011, supplementary admission criteria will be used for incoming freshman, transfer students, and students changing majors.

» If you are interested in applying to CSULA as a First-time Freshman or Transfer Student, please review the information regarding supplemental program admission criteria to the psychology major. If you have questions about impaction, you can contact the Office of Admissions at (323) 343-3901, send an email to, or visit the Student Information Center located in the Student Affairs bldg, room 101.

» Current CSULA students wishing to change their major to psychology, please review the GPA requirements and application.





Dr. Munyi Shea's Young University Mother's (YUM) group was profiled in the May 19 issue of the University Times. Read the article here!

► Psychology graduate student, Mariela Rivas, was recognized as the NSS Outstanding Graduate Student at the annual Honors Convocation held April 24, 2015.

► In April 2015, Dr. Munyi Shea was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Dr. Heidi Riggio was selected as the 2015 recipient of the WPA Outstanding Service Award (March 2015).

► Feb 27, 2015: Psychology students presented at this year's RSCA Student Research Symposium...see pictures!

Dr. Munyi Shea was awarded a Mini-Grant in December 2014 to develop and implement a support program for Young University Mothers (YUM group).




Message from the Chair

Thank you for deciding to pursue your education in the Department of Psychology. We hope that your academic career at Cal State L.A. will offer you many new intellectual challenges and rewards in the pursuit of your personal goals.

In addition to a variety of formal academic experiences available in psychology classes, Psi Chi, our chapter of the national psychology organization, and the Psychology Colloquium provide students with a number of activities that should be of interest to you.

The careful planning of your academic program is an important first step toward ensuring your success at Cal State L.A. Be sure to meet with an academic advisor or your mentor to help plan your academic program.

 Senqi Hu, Department Chair