Department of Psychology

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 applying psychological principles, as in psychotherapy, applied behavior analysis, and industrial psychology.

Psychology Degree Programs

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The Department of Psychology offers:

  • A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: The degree program in Psychology is both a preparation for advanced study and a terminal liberal arts degree.
  • A Minor in Psychology: A minor consists of a formal aggregate of courses totaling fifteen or more units.  At least six units must be upper division and taken in residence at Cal State LA.

The Department of Psychology offers: 

A 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 numerous 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. 
If you have questions, please feel free to email us (remember to give us 2 – 3 days to get back to you). 
The Psychology Department Team: 
Dr. Heidi Riggio, Department Chair and Professor of Psychology 
Erika Zambrano-Morales, Andrea Hernandez, April Gonzalez


How to Find Us

Office: King Hall C3104
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Phone: (323) 343-2250
Fax: (323) 343 -2281
Department Chair:
Dr. Heidi Riggio
Department Coordinator:
Erika Zambrano-Morales
Graduate Administrative Support Assistant II:
Andrea Hernandez
Administrative Support Assistant I
April Gonzalez