The Department of Psychology provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of behavior and experience from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The psychology faculty specialize in a wide variety of areas, including neuroscience, clinical/counseling, community, health, cognition and perception, social, developmental, and educational psychology.
Students who major in psychology will develop an understanding of the theories and methods that guide the science and practice of psychology. Courses integrate readings from major theoretical perspectives and diverse methodological approaches, while engaging students in discussion of theoretical and applied issues. Psychology majors receive rigorous training in the research methods used by psychologists and can further enhance their research skills through participation in faculty-mentored research teams. The department also offers several courses of general interest to non-majors and students with interdisciplinary interests, including neuroscience, health equity, urban studies, gender and sexuality studies, and educational studies.
The psychology major prepares students for post-baccalaureate employment, graduate or professional training in psychology, health professions, business, law, and education.
Faculty offices are housed in Clough Hall. Facilities include several laboratories, focusing on Computational and Applied Neuroscience, Cognition and Aging, Memory, Vision, Behavioral Neuroscience, Child and Community Narratives, Children’s Literacy, and Social Cognition.
Psychology internships are offered for academic credit and are designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in their particular area of interest.
The Department of Psychology is in the top 20 in the nation as the undergraduate source of psychology Ph.Ds, and the major reason for this success is our 20+ year history of involving students in faculty research.
The honors project in Psychology will prepare students for a graduate-level experience, and is reserved for students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to research in the Department.
Both graduate and undergraduate students may become members of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.