Majoring in Psychology
Major in psychology and you develop strong research skills, learn in ways that are interactive and hands-on, and get to know your professors well. You study clinical, social and experimental psychology; we also offer an interdisciplinary major in behavioral neuroscience. We encourage you to develop your own research interests, which may culminate in a senior honors thesis or an individual study with a professor. We offer more than 35 courses – a reflection on the diverse interests of our faculty. You have many opportunities to learn outside the classroom, including study abroad or an internship at a medical center, social services agency or mental health institution. In addition, a dozen distinguished scholars and practitioners in the field visit campus each year to speak.
You can combine your psychology major with another major or a certificate from one of the College's academic centers. For example, a psychology major in the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts interned with an advocacy group in Argentina and also did cross-cultural research on body image and eating disorders. Another major in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy researched the impact of residential treatment on troubled youth.
Professors host weekly or biweekly discussions on a wide range of research topics, from developmental psychopathology and feminist psychology to personality and clinical research. You might use the group for feedback as you develop a research proposal, help a professor with a research project or collaborate with other students.
What can you do with a majorcertificate in Psychology?
Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:
Psychology, gender and women's studies
Q: Why psychology?
A: Human behavior fascinates me. The complexity of the human mind is indescribable, and it is exciting and challenging trying to figure out why we are the way we are. After taking the introductory course, I was hooked.
Q: Most challenging or rewarding class?
A: This semester, I am taking a “Couples and Family Therapy” seminar with Professor Singer. In addition to learning about the history and techniques of therapy, we are encouraged to engage personally with the material and think about our own families and relationships.
Q: Have you done any research with faculty?
A: Since my sophomore year, I have been an active member of Professor Joan Chrisler's Feminist Psychology Research Group. In addition to assisting Professor Chrisler on some of her projects about women's health, I completed an independent study with her last year that I am going to present at the 2015 Association of Women in Psychology Conference. Currently, I am also completing an honors thesis under her supervision.
Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I studied in Copenhagen, Denmark, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I've always been fascinated with Scandinavian culture, so when the opportunity came up, I jumped at it. I wandered the streets of Copenhagen, ate Danish pastries for every meal, rode my bike across the city, traveled all around Europe, and even interned at a Danish psychiatric center.
- Social Psychology
- Psychological Disorders and Dysfunction
- Environmental Psychology
- Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- Drugs and Behavior
- Health Psychology
- Irrational Behavior
- Psychology of Personality
- Psychology of Women
- Sensation and Perception
- Cultural Psychology
- Psychology of Men and Masculinity
- Psychology of Stress
- Research Methods in Psychology
- Behavioral Neuroscience