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Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. It helps us understand how humans and animals think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups. Many modern challenges are rooted in human behavior, and psychological knowledge can help us find solutions.

Why Choose Psychology?

The psychology program emphasizes both the humanistic and scientific aspects of the field, and is designed for students who want to enter psychology as a profession or as a foundation for further training in other professions in education, healthcare, technology, and beyond.

Majoring in psychology will help you develop excellent analytical and research skills, and provide job prospects in a wide range of careers.

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The psychology department did a great job creating a strong foundation for the development of psychological concepts. I drastically improved my writing abilities through various reports related to developmental, social, cognitive, and clinical psychology. I also had opportunities to explore psychological research as a research assistant and advanced research methods coursework.

Bridget Gerstel '11, Clinical Psychologist, The Mindfulness and Change Group

What Will You Learn?

You will learn to analyze, evaluate and apply psychological principles and theories, all of which are applicable to you professionally and personally. As a psychology major, you will:

  • Engage in a critical examination of a variety of exciting psychological concepts
  • Develop exceptional research skills, spanning a variety of techniques
  • Develop essential intellectual, critical thinking, and analytical skills
  • Hone your communication skills - both written and verbal

Choose from a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with the help of your academic advisor, who will guide you based on your career goals and interests.

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The Experience

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The psychology major includes the study of statistics and research methods, and allows you to choose course topics in the areas of clinical, developmental, and social psychology, as well as cognitive neuroscience.
All psychology majors also take Advanced Research Methods. In this class, you will design and execute your own research project by selecting a topic, developing your methodology, and collecting and analyzing data. You will present your findings to faculty and peers at the Psychology department's annual poster session presentation.
Our faculty are experts in their respective knowledge areas. This translates into exceptional course content, experiential activities, and research opportunities. Professors in the department are eager to collaborate with students on research projects — an essential experience for students considering postgraduate studies. Many of these partnerships lead to journal publications and academic presentations. Students regularly present their work at regional and national conferences, including the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) and American Psychological Association (APA).

Where Will You Go?

You will be prepared to progress in an advanced degree program in psychology or a related area, or pursue a career in a variety of fields.

  • Alumni Outcomes

    Our psychology alumni have built successful careers. Here's where a few of them work now:

    • Joanny Valerio ’18 Master Resilience Trainer, Magellan Federal AFSC
    • Alex Iovine ’14 Director, Microsoft
    • Ryann Wenke ’14 Clinical Consult Liaison, Octave
    • Chelsea (Hyon) Formica ’12 Chief of Staff, Mouse
    • Melissa Platt ’11 Attending Psychologist, Montefiore Medical Center
    • Alexandra MacDougall ’10 Associate Professor of Management, Central Michigan University