Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Psychology

Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-520-7400 (ph) 504-520-7952 (fax)

Dr. Lisa J. Schulte
Department Head


What is Psychology?

Psychology is the science of mental and behavioral processes from a variety of perspectives. Through the scientific method we search for answers to long-term questions about why and how people (and other animals) do what they do. In order to accomplish this, psychologists select a specific perspective or subfield from which to address these questions. For example, psychologists might address these questions from the perspectives of biopsychology and neuroscience, developmental psychology, social psychology, clinical and counseling psychology, and/or cognitive psychology.

Subfields include

  • Biopsychology and neuroscience
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Clinical and counseling psychology
  • Cognitive psychology

Why Major in Psychology?

  • Understand human and animal behavior
  • Learn how to make a difference in people‚Äôs lives
  • Answer probing questions
  • Gain valuable research experience

Psychology at Xavier

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to prepare students to critically apply the science of psychology to understand themselves and others in a diverse and dynamic world.

At Xavier, you will find a department that will challenge you, while giving you the care and support you need to succeed. We bring an interdependent, collaborative approach that allows students to work together as they discover what they love to do with psychology.

Our curriculum, which awards the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree, affords students flexibility, while also complying with guidelines developed by the American Psychological Association. We provide students with the tools they need to succeed in post-baccalaureate training or life in the workforce.

A special pre-medical program is available for psychology majors who wish to pursue medical or dental school, or who would like to consider graduate school programs in biological psychology or neuroscience. For students interested in neuroscience, the Psychology Department is home to an interdisciplinary B.S. in Neuroscience major, as well as a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Students in our program have a number of opportunities for enrichment while at Xavier, including research collaborations with faculty, summer programs at other universities and in the field, service learning, and international experiences. Students also become active in the Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology.

Our faculty have expertise in a wide range of psychology subfields, and all work personally with their advisees and students to help them find the best path for them. Our faculty also work to involve students in their scholarship activities, providing students with a rich academic experience and greater opportunities for the future.

We are proud of the fact that most of our graduates move on to graduate, medical, law, or professional school, well prepared from their time at Xavier. More than 100 graduate and professional schools visit Xavier's campus every year on recruiting trips, and they seek students with the kinds of skills and experiences that our majors develop.

Those students who end their academic careers with the B.S. in psychology also have great success entering the workforce. Our recent graduates have begun rewarding careers in such fields as business, social work, law enforcement, and entry-level positions in mental health facilities.

A Psychology Degree

  • Affords critical thinking and interpersonal understanding
  • Provides experience with many skills employers and graduate programs are seeking
  • Demonstrates your commitment to persisting in a rigorous program