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 offers 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:
Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: After visiting at least three times, I knew I belonged here. The College seemed to expand on the liberal arts concept through [the career and professional development program] CELS, first-year seminars, the academic centers and the Office for Volunteers for Community Service.
Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I spent six months in Nairobi, Kenya, collaborating in community work and studying. I wanted to better understand the interplay between an urbanizing city, a developing economy and extreme poverty. I spent my summer developing Amani Art, a community organization that serves at-risk youth in Kibera slums, with a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant.
Q: What role has CELS played for you?
A: It has shaped every rewarding experience I've had at Connecticut College. Without my CELS counselor, I probably would not have considered applying to the Holleran Center, for the Davis 100 Projects for Peace grant or for the Truman scholarship – endeavors that significantly shaped, and are still shaping, my studies and my pursuit of social change beyond college.
- Social Psychology
- Psychological Disorders
- 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
Defining and Cultivating Creativity in Kibera, Kenya
By: Gabrielle Arenge '14
Advising Faculty: Audrey Zakriski
Effectiveness of Campaigns on Stigmatizing Attitudes toward Mental Illness
By: Meg DeJong '14
Advising Faculty: Audrey Zakriski
Reducing Fat Stigma in American Culture
By: Erica Stockwell-Alpert '14
Advising Faculty: Joan Chrisler