Psychology Department

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the science of behavior and the physiological and cognitive processes associated with behavior. Psychology is also the profession that applies the science of behavior to practical problems.

Psychology is an interdisciplinary scientific field that draws on theories, concepts, and methods of inquiry from neighboring natural science and social science disciplines.

All inquiry in psychology is guided by the scientific method, a process of answering questions about behavior that involves forming theoretical explanations and testing those theories against real-world observations.

Degree Programs

B.A. in Psychology

The B.A. program will prepare you for advanced degree programs at the master's level and higher, and provide ample flexibility if you want to combine your interests in psychology with studies in another area (e.g., business, education, pre-law, pre-med).

B.A. psychology majors must have a minor area of study, chosen from a wide variety of programs in consultation with an advisor.

B.S. in Psychology

The B.S. program places greater emphasis on research experience, quantitative skills, and breadth of study in the subfields of psychology, and is best suited for those who plan to pursue doctoral degrees in psychology or related fields.

A minor is not required with a B.S. in psychology.

Honors in Psychology

The Psychology Department offers an Honors Program for those wishing to undertake challenges above and beyond the regular major program. Successful completion of the Honors Program will provide added preparation for graduate study in psychology.

This program is separate from the College's Honors Program.

Student Organizations

  • Psychology Alliance (Psychology Club and Psi Chi)
  • Psychology Club

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